DO WE NEED OSBORNE OR BARROSO’S PERMISSION?

Scotland doesn't need permission to use the Pound There’s been a lot of hot air and printer’s ink spilled over the past few days over...

Independence – a bare knuckle fight?

Scotland would 'walk away' from the pound after a 'Yes' vote So – the gloves are off. The Westminster politicians have changed their tactics –...

ECONOMIC MOMENTUM CONTINUES TO GROW

The Bank of Scotland's surveys have produced consistently positive economic news The Bank of Scotland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) has shown that growth in the...

CURRENCY UNION NEEDS FOUNDATIONS FOR ‘A DURABLE UNION’

Technical discussions about a currency union When making their minds up about how to vote in this year's Independence Referendum, the question of what currency...

Raising top tax rate to 50p won’t raise much revenue

By Paul Johnson, Institute for Fiscal Studies and David Phillips, Institute for Fiscal Studies Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, has announced that if elected a...

INDEPENDENCE – THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ‘FEEL GOOD FACTOR’

The Pound in their pockets could determine the outcome Looking forward to this year's independence referendum, it seems that the priorities of the chattering classes...

INFLATION AT NEW LOW

Food prices have been falling The UK's inflation rate fell to the psychologically important level of 2% in December, down 0.1% from the month before....

TREASURY’S DEBT PLEDGE

'Cast Iron Guarantee' The question of the UK's considerable debt has been part of the ongoing debate in the lead up to the Independence Referendum...

SCOTTISH BUSINESS ‘SURGE’ CONTINUES

Bank of Scotland Business Monitor shows very positive signs The latest Scottish Business Monitor from the Bank of Scotland should that business has continued to...

AUTUMN STATEMENT – REACTION

Growth double the forecast in March In his Autumn Statement, the Chancellor, George Osborne, has said the country is growing faster than any other major...