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George Osborne's decision, within days of the UK's Brexit vote, to cut Corporation Tax signals a shift to a low tax, low spend economy. Such a move, says Brad MacKay, may well hit hardest those who voted Leave to send a message to the establishment and big business.
 
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There is, it seems, nothing new under the sun. Brad MacKay considers the predictions of massive SNP gains and finds that they have echoes of an earlier Canadian experience.
 
Political debates, by their very nature, are insular. The referendum on September 18th on Scottish independence was frequently presented as being unprecedented, yet Québec had previously had two on secession from Canada in 1980 and 1995. The recent political history of Canada also provides some interesting lessons and parallels for what is an uncertain British election.
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Over the past few months a number of world leaders have felt compelled to comment on the independence debate in Scotland and the UK. The Australian and Canadian prime ministers, Tony Abbott and Stephen Harper (both countries themselves have large Scottish populations), the Chinese premiere Li Keqiang, the Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, the former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt and the US President Barack Obama to name a few. So what might be prompting such interventions?

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Brad MacKay stresses that being quick off the mark, and playing a long game are crucial for UK universities to maintain their world-leading status. As with so many uncertainties raised by the UK’s June 23rd, 2016 vote to leave the EU, the impact that it will have on the UK’s universities depends on... Read more
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Among the many things being ignored by those hailing recent manufacturing figures showing a post-Brexit rise in activity, observes Brad Mackay, is that Brexit hasn't been triggered yet and that businesses can play 'wait-and-see' just as well as governments.    On September 1st the UK’s Manufacturin... Read more
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George Osborne's decision, within days of the UK's Brexit vote, to cut Corporation Tax signals a shift to a low tax, low spend economy. Such a move, says Brad MacKay, may well hit hardest those who voted Leave to send a message to the establishment and big business.   Two weeks ago I posed a questio... Read more
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In less than a week, the British public will vote in the EU ‘in-out’ referendum on whether to remain or to leave the European Union. It is a decision that will have profound consequences for generations to come. As the debate has ‘hotted-up’, two issues, rightly or wrongly, have taken centre stag... Read more
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In less than a week, the British public will vote in the EU ‘in-out’ referendum on whether to remain or to leave the European Union. It is a decision that will have profound consequences for generations to come. As the debate has ‘hotted-up’, two issues, rightly or wrongly, have taken centre stage:... Read more
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It has been suggested that, with some notable exceptions, business reaction to the prospect of a UK withdrawal from the EU is determined to a large degree by the size of the company concerned. Such suggestions, however, obscure other more explanatory factors. Research undertaken in the lead up to th... Read more
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There is, it seems, nothing new under the sun. Brad MacKay considers the predictions of massive SNP gains and finds that they have echoes of an earlier Canadian experience.   Political debates, by their very nature, are insular. The referendum on September 18th on Scottish independence was frequentl... Read more
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Over the past few months, analysts from some of the world’s leading financial institutions have been offering their analysis on what might happen following a ‘yes’ outcome in the September 18th referendum on independence in Scotland. The financial services industry in Scotland, and their umbrella gr... Read more
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Over the past few months a number of world leaders have felt compelled to comment on the independence debate in Scotland and the UK. The Australian and Canadian prime ministers, Tony Abbott and Stephen Harper (both countries themselves have large Scottish populations), the Chinese premiere Li Keqian... Read more
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Brad MacKay encourages readers to analyse the two letters from business leaders published last week and their claims. In a piece published on the blog, Charlie Jeffery looks at the implications of the larger campaign. Healthy economies work a little bit like old growth forests. They have diverse tre... Read more
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