News & Insights  |  Posted December 21, 2023

Few Christmas presents for Scottish business in Humza Yousaf’s first Budget

When he became First Minister, Humza Yousaf made it an early priority for his government to reset the relationship with business. Yet the Scottish Government’s first Budget under his leadership offered firms very little as he put economic growth on hold in favour of filling a financial black hole. But with public services also being cut in key areas, how long will the SNP be able to hold the line that it is protecting them?

When he became First Minister, Humza Yousaf made it an early priority for his government to reset the relationship with business. Yet the Scottish Government’s first Budget under his leadership offered firms very little as he put economic growth on hold in favour of filling a financial black hole. But with public services also being cut in key areas, how long will the SNP be able to hold the line that it is protecting them?

Humza Yousaf's official portrait with a Christmas bow added on top as his governemnt delivers the Scottish Budget.

News & Insights  |  Posted March 27, 2023

Yousaf wins SNP leadership in close contest. So what now?

As Humza Yousaf emerges victorious from the bruising battle to become SNP leader and almost certainly the next First Minister of Scotland, John Penman takes a look at what his new Scottish Government might look like, what his priorities will be and whether the thin margin of victory will make it difficult for the party to unite behind him.

As Humza Yousaf emerges victorious from the bruising battle to become SNP leader and almost certainly the next First Minister of Scotland, John Penman takes a look at what his new Scottish Government might look like, what his priorities will be and whether the thin margin of victory will make it difficult for the party to unite behind him.

Humza Yousaf, Scotland's new First Minister and leader of the SNP

News & Insights  |  Posted March 3, 2023

That was the week that was

John Penman looks at the first week of the SNP leadership contest and ponders whether the departure of another significant figure in the party might have longer term consequences 

John Penman looks at the first week of the SNP leadership contest and ponders whether the departure of another significant figure in the party might have longer term consequences 

Ash Regan. Will she be the next Scottish First Minister?