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I think that there was a context in this election where you had two parties, Labour and the SNP, fighting essentially against the Tory Government in London...

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So much of our music, art and literature, though magnificent, is miniature. The wonderful wee works of a wonderful wee country. Not in this case: here is a seminal work of almost American amplitude and range. If it is not quite the great Scottish novel, at least it wants to be, is, valiantly and undeludedly, a contender.

Web Review 63

One thing is for sure with regards to electoral systems – no one has yet discovered a perfect mathematical solution capable of satisfying all of the factions presenting themselves at elections. I got involved in the early nineties in preparing a response to Raymond Plant’s report on behalf of the Labour Party on electoral...

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The New Old World by Perry Anderson Verso, £24.99 – reviewed by Daniel Wylie The world has never seen anything quite like the European Union before. More than an international organisation or an alliance of states, yet less than an outright federation (let alone a classical nation state); repository of the most...

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Is there anyone else out there who finds it difficult to swallow the cover story for preferring to go ahead with the new UK aircraft carriers? Namely that it would cost more to cancel the contract than to fulfill it. On environmental costs alone it must make sense to break the contracts and pay everyone involved (including...

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Broonland Christopher Harvie (Verso 2010), ISBN-13: 978-1844674398, 224 pp., £8.99 Fiddled statistics on employment and public debt, catastrophic distance-learning projects, ditto for computerisation schemes, raids on pensions funds, selling off gold cheap, mud-wrestling with Tony Blair, yet bankrolling his delusions. Taxes...

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Our theme this edition is a comment on the outcome of the General Election – but what do the parties think of their own positions in this regard? Their own web sites give us an insight to their self opinions. Firstly the Lib Dems in Scotland appear to be very pleased at making the world a safe place for bankers again just...

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This edition we’ve been looking at local authorities, particularly our four largest cities and at the different ways in which they allocate and manage their resources.

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Ship of Fools; how stupidity and greed sank the celtic tiger Fintan O’Toole (Faber and Faber, 2009) £12.99 Fintan O’Toole has written a most satisfying book combining some brilliant passages of lucid exposition with wicked criticism of the major fools who believed and propagated the myths of the Celtic Tiger. Please keep...

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It is almost ten years since Sir Stewart Sutherland’s report on care for the elderly was published yet care for the elderly has resurfaced as an issue for the UK General Election due soon. The history of this commission is worth revising at this time. It is also well suited to research by internet as having taken place during...