NEW PRIME MINISTER, VAT, INTEGRATED CARE, CARBON CUTTING, SNP AND SCOTTISH TRANSPORT
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This year we will pass a milestone in achieving one of our key targets in our bid to be the country’s greenest ferry company, cutting our carbon emissions by 5%.
The most recent figures on births and deaths from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) (‘Births, deaths and other vital events, fourth quarter 2018’) shows that the number of births during that period is the lowest number recorded since civil registration began. And yet according to the same body, the Scottish population continues to grow.
In one of her final moves as Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced a review into devolution. The review is to be chaired by Lord Dunlop, the former Scotland Office minister, and is expected to look at ensuring that UK government structures and departments are co-operating to make sure devolution works, particularly following the UK’s likely departure from the European Union. I hope that VAT is one of the issues that the review considers.
Admittedly, the statement I am about to make lacks the veracity of detailed research, but the SNP is probably the most successful political party in the democratic world. It has been in government - sometimes in minority, sometimes majority - for over 12 years, and still consistently polls between 35% and 40% with its closest rival sometimes 20 points behind. It is not certain to win the 2021 Holyrood election, but for it to lose would require a seismic event, and it is also difficult to see any of the current rivals winning in 2026 either. Indeed, there is reason to believe that the party which will eventually beat the SNP doesn’t yet exist.
On 25th September 2019 the first Scottish Transport Show will be officially launched by Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment & Innovation in the Scottish Government.
It has happened. Boris Johnson has won the Conservative leadership contest and will become Prime Minister tomorrow. If we can put to one side the fact that his colleagues at Westminster are on manoeuvres to bring him down in his first week in office, here in Scotland, expectations are, if anything, even lower.
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