Scottish Draft Budget 2018-19

Today Scottish Government Finance Minister Derek MacKay unveiled their draft budget for the next fiscal year. By far the most eye-catching of the proposals was the remodelling of income tax, with the standard rate being broken into three bands of 19%, 20% and 21%, and an increase of 1% on the higher and additional rates, bringing them to 41% and 46% respectively. In total, these measures will raise an additional £164 million for the Scottish Government, whilst ensuring that those earning less than £33,000 (which — Read more →

Fake News: Learning the lessons of 2016

In many ways 2017 has been a year where little “original” news events have happened, but rather where we have been living through the aftermath of 2016.  Whether that be because of Brexit on this side of the pond, or the Buffoon-in-Chief on the other, we’re still wading through the repercussions of what voters have destined for us last year.   One of the main problems we’re still grappling with is that of online “fake news”, which we now know helped drive both the Brexit — Read more →

Programme for Government 2017-18

After a reasonably quiet summer in the political world, the Scottish Parliament re-convened this week and already there’s plenty to talk about. Last week Scottish Labour leader became the fifth to resign in the last six years, marking the end of another chapter in the party’s grim demise. The two front-runners are quite polar opposite approaches, with Anas Sarwar being a Labour veteran, representing a Westminster/Brownite faction of the party, and Richard Leonard, a newcomer to politics who leans to the left. It will be — Read more →

2017 General Election Predictions

The election that no-one saw coming just two months ago is finally upon is – after what’s been an intense campaign full of highs and lows.  As a politics junkie it’s been an unexpected hit, but I’m sure most of the public are relieved that it’ll finally be over. What we’ve seen in the polls since the election started has been pretty exciting and made what looked like a Tory cakewalk into something a little more risky.  After increasing being a thumping 20 points behind, — Read more →

Why I’m Voting Labour

It’s not like me at all to be undecided.  Most of the time when a political decision comes up I take some time to weigh up the facts and reach a conclusion and support whoever agrees with that.  There’s many facets of this election that probably leave good excuses for not having the time to weigh up the facts – but the truth is I can’t balance the pros and cons between my two preferred options: the SNP and Labour. In the last General Election, — Read more →