Good on you Linux Voice

Mon 25 May 2015
The year before last I was listening to one of my favourite podcasts and at the end the genial bunch of guys on it announced that it would be their last episode. I think I said WTF out loud ...

Pollsters and tossers

Sat 16 May 2015
I've written about pre-election polling quite a lot in the last year and although I promised not to blog about politics for a while, because I've had enough of misleading and inconsistent nonsense from politicians and parties such as... sorry, let me take my anti-rantimine pill... ah, that ...

General Election 2015 Scotland Results

Fri 08 May 2015
In my last post and the one before I made predictions on overall vote share and seats in Scotland for the 2015 General Election. Here's how they compared with the actual result. I predicted the SNP would get 43-48% of the vote and Labour would get 30-35%. In reality ...

General Election 2015 Scotland Constituency prediction

Thu 07 May 2015
In my last post I made a prediction on overall vote share and seats in Scotland for the 2015 General Election. I'm going to stick my neck out even further and make a prediction on which parties will win the Scottish constituencies. I'm prepared to be laughed at ...

General Election 2015 Scotland prediction

Fri 01 May 2015
I'm going to take a stab at predicting the results of the 2015 General Election in Scotland. There are two aspects which make doing so extremely difficult: how many undecideds are there, and how might they vote? to what extent will tactical voting take place? The undecideds The undecideds ...

Solar co-ordinate fun

Fri 24 April 2015
Transforming co-ordinate systems between pixel images and the surface of a sphere is probably not most peoples' idea of fun, but I enjoy it. To sugar the pill take a look at this fabulous image: The Sun in ultraviolet ...

Scotland - Full fiscal autonomy

Tue 21 April 2015
In the wake of Scotland voting to remain part of the UK, the SNP government has proposed Full fiscal autonomy (FFA). This means expenditure will need to be met by tax revenues raised in Scotland, and the shortfall, i.e. the deficit, will need to be covered by borrowing arranged ...

Scotland's finances Part 3 - Balance

Sat 11 April 2015
This is the third post about GERS 2013-14 (Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland). Having reviewed revenue and expenditure in previous posts I'm now going to look at how these come together to give a budget balance. You can read about the background to GERS here and find links to download ...

Scotland's finances Part 2 - Expenditure

Tue 31 March 2015
This is my second post about GERS 2013-14 (Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland) and I'm going to turn my attention to Scottish public sector expenditure. You can read about the background to GERS here and find links to download the PDF and spreadsheet of data. Previous posts in this series ...

Scotland's finances Part 1 - Revenue

Fri 27 March 2015
I've written a number of blog posts about the UK public sector finances and have been wanting to give similar scrutiny to the Scottish equivalents but was holding off until GERS (Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland) for 2013-14 was published. It was released on Wednesday 11 March 2015 and I ...

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