Comment posted Was no Scottiish University capable of doing the mathematical model on the impact of minimum pricing of alcohol? by Graeme McCormick.
That the Scottish Government provided work for an English University is testimony to its intent that we should also be good neighbours.
Recent comments by Graeme McCormick
- Better Together still clueless – and about to do more harm
Both make rather good cider
- McGrigor says assumptions on EU membership are insecure
Why doesn’t the UK government as the EU for a determination on these points? That would clear up the uncertainty surely?
He might also care to answer if he thinks Scotland would be better in the EU or outside it as part of the UK following a UK referendum
- Powerful Baillie speech nails Scottish Government inadequacies on child poverty
Jackie Baillie has no shame.
According to the UK Treasury Dumbarton and thecVale were not deprived areas in 1987. I have a letter from the Treasury confirming this.
In 2006 Scottish Executive statistics showed these two towns as the third most deprived in Scotland.
In Lord Robertson’s words, a cataclysmic change of fortune.
During this period Labour and Conservatives ruled Westminster while Labour lorded it over the local Council and Scottish Parliament.
This change is Lord McFall’s legacy since he was the local MP throughout this period. Jackie Baillie was his handmaiden.
It’s difficult to think of any other area which has suffered such a demise.
Thank you, Jackie.
- SNP Spring Conference in 80th birthday week – but with unfortunate slogan and Argyll business on the side
While I would have loved for Helensburgh to host the SNP spring Conference or indeed one from any political party there just isn’t a hall big enough.
In the spirit of A & B solidarity I think the time has come for Oban to get a new Conference and multi purpose venue adaptable to take large conferences and other events.
Oban is arguably the most spectacular place to host such events and could take its economy to another level
- Cable says housing has become unaffordable
Houses are a affordable in Scotland. In virtually every council area in Scotland you can buy a 2 bed roomed flat , cottage flat or terraced house for under £100k. I buy and sell them for clients every week.
I agree we need to expand self build and a land value rental could encourage the release of land towards that.
Help to buy is helping but a better would have been for government to indemnify lenders for say 5 years for the top 20% of a mortgage provided that the purchase price did not exceed 90% of the Home Report valuation thus providing a sensible buffer to discourage profligate lending.
Affordability also involves maintenance, repair and heating. Help to make existing properties energy efficient and compulsory maintenance funds should be established by legislation if necessary.
Time limited planning permission would provide the impetus to release rural land for housing building on every farm in Scotland.
Lenders look on Scotland as low risk. Repos, Loan to value percentages and size of mortgages are all lower than in the rUK.
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