30 years ago

2nd December 2005 at 00:00
Publication of the white paper on Scottish devolution prompted a TES Scotland editorial of December 5, 1975, which observed that the past 10 years had seen "determined socialist unification" and "an intensification of the increasingly centralist system of education operated by St Andrew's House": At the same time (and partly as a result), the quality of local government has deteriorated: little men have leaned on - and hoped to be able to blame - St Andrew's House. There is reason to fear that this process would be accelerated by a system of the kind proposed in the white paper. One of the likeliest outcomes of a Scottish assembly as proposed would, we believe, be the death of effective local government in Scotland.

If Westminster really believes in devolution, it can show its sincerity by devolving to the new Scottish regions some of the powers which the white paper says might be devolved to an assembly . . . Scotland does not deserve as a form of national government anything that would be as inward-looking as would this assembly. It would have no reason to look outward, except to quarrel with Westminster.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now