SCOTLAND BE BRAVE: TOUGH CHALLENGES FOR THE ECONOMY

SCOTLAND BE BRAVE: TOUGH CHALLENGES FOR THE ECONOMY

By Duncan Maclenann & Des McNulty

An edited version of this article first appeared in The Times

The constitution still dominates Scottish politics as Brexit and ‘autonomy’ issues remain unsettled. There is, however, a growing sense that the emphasis of debate needs to change.  Scotland is at the end of an economic era. The withering of the oil sector has raised the pressures to both fashion a new economic base and adjust to an expanded reliance on Scottish tax revenues. The Scottish Parliament has to evolve beyond being a spending authority for the Westminster grant to embrace real economic policy-making.