Monday, May 28, 2007

Council of Economic Advisers

Alex Salmond's recent announcement that he is going to establish a 'Council of Economic Advisers' rang a few bells in my Scottish political history memory bank. Far be it for me to imply that a Nationalist First Minister has pinched the idea from a resolutely Unionist Labour Scottish Secretary, but back in the Swinging Sixties Willie Ross appointed grandly-titled 'Economic Consultants to the Secretary of State' to advise him on the Scottish economy, then undergoing some Wilsonian planning. These advisers were selected from the senior economic professors at Scottish universities, which will perhaps also form Alex's recruiting ground?


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