Welcome to Scotland Portal on Powerbase - your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR.
Since devolution, corporations and business groups have been very active in Scottish politics. This helps explain the emergence of numerous pro-corporate think tanks, lobbyists and corporate/state partnerships across Scottish public life. The problem with a small country such as Scotland is that big companies can exert a disproportionate influence on the political system. They have colossal lobbying influence and produce information and advice that is used by the administration to frame and formulate its policies. However this is not impartial advice from disinterested observers of the political - economic scene. This is special pleading from very interested participants who have much to gain.
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Scotland’s top 20 Super-rich, 2006
- Sir Tom Hunter Property and sports goods
- Lord Laidlaw Conferences and media
- The Grant and Gordon family Whisky
- Keith Miller Construction
- David Murray Property and football
- Sir Ian Wood Oil services and fishing
- Harry Dobson Mining and football
- Joanne Rowling Novels and films
- Brian Souter and Ann Gloag Transport
- Sir Arnold Clark Car sales
- Jim McColl Engineering
- The Thomson family Media
- Jim Morrison Mobile phones
- Freddie Johnston Newspapers
- Brian Kennedy Double glazing and property
- Stewart Milne Construction
- Robert Adair Property and oil
- The Duke of Sutherland Land and art
- Richard Emanuel Mobile phones and property
- Graham Wylie Software and racehorses