A Tale Of Two Governments

"With a general election on the way, focusing on Brexit and independence, there will be a blizzard of claims about government records. Therefore, we have compared and contrasted the two governments, the UK Conservatives and SNP in Scotland, in a number of significant areas. It is hugely important to be aware of some of the key figures and outcomes of the UK Government so we have looked the last nine years of both SNP (in Scotland) and Conservative rule for the UK overall. By assessing these results alongside the spending and policies of the Scottish government an interesting comparison can be made."

Billionaires Don't Add Up

"In short, billionaires indicate by their very existence that the market isn’t working. That democracy is deficient. That the economy is failing. That money is flowing upwards. And that billionaires aren’t working. They are never ‘wealth creators’ and always wealth extractors. They work to their own advantage and to the disadvantage of the rest of us. That’s not Marxism or Trotskyism. It’s logic. If we had somehow designed a system of water supply to deliver a few thousand times the normal quantity of water to just 100 odd domestic locations in the country we would probably consider carefully whether the original design was in fact, correct. Why doesn’t Emma Barnett – or, indeed anyone else at the BBC – ever think similarly about the economy?"

The London Productivity Miracle Is An Illusion

"At a quick glance it looks like a London job adds almost exactly three times as much value to the UK economy as a whole as a South Scotland job. And let's be honest, a quick glance is often taken as plenty to dismiss the economics of independence in the media. But there is a problem, which is that the 'agglomeration effect' is measured without any reference to the many other factors which influence GVA. The Sheffield University report strips those factors out one by one to assess what like-for-like productivity would be."