John Swinney – Independence can meet economic challenges

Scotland’s economy will benefit from independence over the uncertainty that would face the country within the UK, Finance Secretary John Swinney told a large audience at the inaugural annual Policy Scotland lecture on 10th December 2013. Speaking at Glasgow University Mr Swinney said that Scotland’s economic performance has improved significantly since 1999 with Scotland reaching similar…

Public Lecture: What is the Welfare State?

David Garland, Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, New York University Thursday 3 October 2013, 6pm, Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre Since the 1980s, the “welfare state” has rarely sounded a positive note in political debate. But if the phrase has gone out of fashion, the reality it describes continues to be a fundamental…