About three years ago, I went to an awards event at a local authority. There were local councillors there, including the cabinet member with responsibility for looked after children and care leavers. That cabinet member stood up and said to the care leavers there that the councillors were their corporate parents.
Gordonstoun's, whose alumni include the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, was reduced from £148,086 to £29,618, a taxpayer funded subsidy of £118, 468. Wester Hailes state school, where over 40% of pupils are are eligible for free school-meals, paid its tax liability of £261,873 in full... How can this be right or fair?
Pensions and savings are increasingly central to Scotland's independence debate. Today you will hear more about them at the SNP's conference. The Scottish Government's much trailed pensions paper was eagerly anticipated. Finally answers to the difficult questions would be forthcoming, we were told. A blueprint for unwinding Scotland from a UK pensions system built up over generations was expected. It didn't happen.
The Business, Innovation and Skills committee plan to quiz the secretary of state on the privatisation this autumn. I hope that by then the Scottish Government might have at least hinted at what would happen to postal services in an independent Scotland. With less than 18 months until the referendum, it's another uncertainty that the people of Scotland deserve to have clarified.