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Ben Thomson The Legacy

BEN THOMSON could fairly be described as an ideas man. He famously resigned as head of a merchant bank at the age of 43 to spend his semi-retirement “making mischief” — which turned out to mean founding a think tank and advocating maximum devolution, or his preferred term, Home Rule.

You may have noted a period of radio silence from him over the last year, since he relinquished the chairmanship of Reform Scotland and did not want to queer the pitch of his successor, Alan McFarlane, but there were signs of him stirring again recently with a personal submission to Holyrood on how full Home Rule could allow links to be maintained to both London and Brussels now that Brexit is going ahead.

Some on the Left will shut their ears to Reform Scotland and its founder because of its free market ethos, while staunch 45ers may disdain Thomson’s willingness, indeed preference, to embrace a settlement short of full independence. But no-one should be in any doubt about his pragmatic desire to make this a better-run nation, whatever the political or constitutional settlement.

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November Edition 2016 issue Number 23 The one with Nicola and Saltire 2020 Vision A bumper 116 pages choc full of the best of Scottish writers today. Robbie Dinwoodie - Ben Thomson - The Legacy Alyn Smith MEP - A conference update - Focused David Bowman Interview - Les Huckfield - ex Labour MP "It's Labour for me... but not in Scotland" David James Hood - A perfect storm Jason Michael Mc Cann - The Alex Salmond Interview Will McLeod - How disasters look good ...on paper Wee Ginger Dug - They're all so pretty vacant Derek Bateman - Doing Middle Class Tom Morton - Sticky Aberdeen - the New Birmingham? Dr Steve McCabe - Fit to Lead? Tom Morton - Scotch and Spirit Jennifer Harper Feature - Simon Community Scotland Mary Edward - Short Story - The Gift Grouse Beater - Investigating Gorbal's boy Alan Pinkerton PI Rachel Gillon - Food for thought Zoe Weir - Glasgow Tobacco Barons Peter A Bell - Forget Darien, this is the bigee - The Madness of Men David McVey - Short Story - A Nation Decides Major Bloodnok - Agony Aunt - He knows, you know