The Pagoda Perspective



  • Business leaders are “fed up” with Nicola Sturgeon’s quest for independence says the chief executive of bottled water firm Highland Spring.
  • For those needing a refresh of activity over the last year, the BBC has compiled a yearly review of parliamentary business at Holyrood.


  • An independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre report has indicated that education spending in Scotland has slumped by more than £1,000 per pupil in secondary schools.


  • The Scottish economy is still suffering the effects of a fall in the price of oil and gas, Scotland’s employability minister Jamie Hepburn has said. However, the latest Fraser of Allander figures suggests much – but not all- of the slowdown could be attributed to the oil price.
  • The UK’s growth prospects have been downgraded as a result of Brexit and political uncertainty, indicating that UK economic growth will sink to its lowest levels since the 2008 financial crash.


  • A new HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccination programme is now being offered to men who have sex with men in Scotland.


  • Scotland’s rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing has said4% of EU farm payments were made before the midnight deadline, meaning the Scottish Government has avoided potential fines from the European Commission.


  • A detailed study into how a deposit-return scheme for bottles and cans would work has been commissioned by the Scottish Government.


  • According to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland Business Monitoring report, the weakening pound sterling has provided a boost to Scottish tourism and exports.


  • Transport minister Humza Yousaf is to unveil plans for a public sector bid to take over Scotland’s railways in 2025. The move has been welcomed by Scottish Labour and Railfuture Scotland, a group that represents rail passengers.


  • New legislation has now come into force which makes it easier to prosecute ‘revenge porn’ in Scotland, with those convicted of sharing images facing up to five years in prison.


  • Official growth figures will be published on Wednesday, revealing whether Scotland is in recession following shrinking growth in the last quarter of 2016.
  • The Scottish Government will begin publishing all FOI responses online.
  • The Scottish Parliament is now in recess.

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