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Scot-Buzz editor BILL JAMIESON listened to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s big speech yesterday. It was hailed as a “clear signal” that strengthening Scotland’s economy is at the heart of the SNP’s agenda. Yet It speaks volumes that business, far from leaping to embrace her rhetoric, has kept schtum and withheld judgement. Seldom, says Bill, has a speech billed as a major statement on the economy more missed the point...
This week it’s back to more powers, but it appears poor Lord Smith can’t please anybody anytime. The First Minister lays down future law. Will ‘this land is my land’ be true in Scotland – remember how the song ends? The Makar’s in trouble, Brown bows out, Dalgleish goes with the wind, and we have a cute mutt – because it’s that time of the year. Happy Christmas. God bless us, every one...
JOHN MCGURK is convinced the same madness that can afflict drivers behind the wheel turns some cyclists into raving lunatics. Suddenly, they become law-breakers, crossing red lights and riding over old ladies on pavements. Is this why, asks John, the red mist descended on Andrew Mitchell, MP and Cabinet Minister, who didn't know to quit while he was ahead? You can say sorry, or you can pay £2million as you pass Go...
RUTH MCKAY looks forward to this Saturday, December 6, and the celebration of the UK’s second Small Business Saturday campaign. It’s a day-long event shining a spotlight on the UK's 4.9 million small and medium-sized companies and encouraging consumers to switch from the big chains to independents. Support your local retailers, says Ruth - and promote your community...
KEN HOUSTON takes a look this week at 'the man who saved the world'. Or brought our economy to its knees. Your call. Wherever you stand, Gordon Brown's policies are still with us - the raid on pensions, tax credits, immigration. And the unintended consequences. And don't get Ken started on Europe - although there, he concedes, many of our woes are self-inflicted...
Being your own boss has some obvious perks - for instance, research shows that an entrepreneurial mind is a happy mind - but some advantages of entrepreneurship are less evident. Here SPOTCAP, the fastest online credit platform, reveals for Scot-Buzz readers the five best reasons for running your own business instead of working for a big company...
This week GEORGE KEREVAN undertakes a forensic analysis of the economic backdrop to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement - or should that read George Osborne's Christmas giveaway! Once this was just a half-yearly report on the state of the nation’s finances, leading up to the March Budget . Now, says George, we get two budgets for the price of one...
Meet SharkDog, the most imaginative new digital marketing agency on the Scottish business scene. Josh Quigley [pictured] has travelled from being a part time window cleaner at university to running his own business with three staff from the Desk Union space at the former RBS HQ in St Andrew Square. Josh tells Scot-Buzz how he found success...
Scot-Buzz editor BILL JAMIESON looks ahead to the Smith Commission, set up to 'facilitate an inclusive engagement process across Scotland'. More powers. All Lord Smith had to do was 'create a process through which politicians, civic institutions and the Scottish public can come together, work together and agree the detail of what those powers should be'. Good luck with that says Bill. Mission Braveheart or Mission Absurd?
KEN HOUSTON wonders if the 45 - the Yessers - are really entering into the spirit of the referendum result or just building up for a re-run. He takes a sideways and sceptical look at plans to turn Prestwick airport into a spaceport - what'll rocket launches do for house prices? And should the SNP's swelling membership move their next conference south to Blackpool? What a good idea, says Ken...
JOHN MCGURK is stunned. A new daily paper for Scotland at a time when print sales have never been lower. It's either the work of a genius or someone was let out for the weekend. The National hopes to build a readership from the 1.6 million who voted Yes in the referendum campaign. Is it a genuine attempt to produce a newspaper in tune with Scotland's modern politics, John wonders, or just a desperate bid to cash in on the independence surge?