For all their popularity, Mr Salmond and his government have yet to demonstrate that they understand how to renew business confidence, to fight the recession, to instil and support the spirit of enterprise that is crucial to Scotland’s recovery.
There is, among his wiser ministers, an acceptance that, once the blaming and castigating are over, there is a desperate need to tackle the fundamentals of Scottish economic life, to cut back an unwieldy public sector and to encourage the efficiency and drive so notably lacking from local government. In that endeavour there is no ideological difference between the SNP and Mr Cameron’s Conservatives
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Quote of the day
Amid all the rantings and frothings of the mouth elsewhere about the imminent demise of the Union, a welcome dose of realism from Magnus Linklater in The Times: