EU returning Powers

When the Scotland Act was devised and subsequently approved, the nature of any devolved powers to Scotland was agreed. 

Before devolution, Westminster had control of all powers. After devolution, Westminster cherry-picked the powers they maintained were necessary to provide a UK wide framework for implementation - these became known as "Reserved Powers".

Instead of making an exhaustive list of the powers that were left, they simply declared that if any powers were NOT on the list of reserved powers, they would be devolved to Scotland by default.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, as it is currently drafted fails to reflect the principles of devolution concerning 111 recognised powers that are scheduled to be returned from Brussels.

This article lists all 111 powers in alphabetical order and highlights the concerns from Westminster and Holyrood over how these powers should be allocated.

Scottish Banking

At the SNP Annual Conference in October, 2017, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the intention of the Scottish Government to create a new National Investment Bank for Scotland.

The Bank is hoped to be up and running by the end of the current parliament.

Scotland has always been at the fore front of Banking and indeed, Scottish entrepreneurs created the Bank of England and the Bank of Scotland over 300 years ago.

This article outines a brief history of banking in Scotland up to the days before the banking crisis of 2007.

Dark Skies Conference

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, in partnership with Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park and with the support of the International Dark Skies Association have been selected to host the very first European Dark Skies Conference.

The event will take place on the 20-22 September 2017.

The conference will be held in one of the very best places to observe the night sky - Galloway in South West Scotland and in the heart of the UNESCO Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. This is a world-class environment designation awarded to places that promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature.

Light pollution refers to the effect of light on the visual environment during the hours of darkness. The majority of this light pollution is from urban sources such as street lights, dwellings, office blocks, municipal buildings and factories.

Nicola Sturgeon

In this video (and full transcript) Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a speech that sets out the Scottish Government's Programme for Government for 2017-18. 

She states that it was time for the Scottish government to "refocus our efforts and refresh our agenda" after a decade in power and highlights 16 bills that will be brought forward.

Nicola Sturgeon

This is a transcript of the speech given by Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on Scotland’s economy given at Spirit Aerosystems in Prestwick.

Spirit AeroSystems design and build aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. Their core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. They focus on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.

The speech begins with an account of where our economy sits at present - and goes on to highlight the massive opportunities that are there for Scottish invention and innovation to embrace going forward.

New initatives, support packages and forward planning proposals from the Scottish Government are revealed in the speech.