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Welcome to Scotland Portal on [[SpinProfiles:About|Spinprofiles]]&mdash;your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR.  
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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. 
  
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. 
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'''Priority pages on Scotland'''
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===<center>Scotland’s top 20 Super-rich, 2006</center>===
*[[Association for Science Education in Scotland]] Their website is: http://www.ase.org.uk - What are its lobbying connections?
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:# Sir [[Tom Hunter]] Property and sports goods
*[[Royal Pharmaceutical Society]] (Scottish branch) Their website is http://www.rpsgb.org.uk - Does it engage in lobbying?
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:# [[Lord Laidlaw]] Conferences and media
*[[Scottish CBI]] - What is its relationship with the [[Scottish Executive]]?
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:# [[The Grant and Gordon family]] Whisky
*[[Communities Scotland]]
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:# [[Keith Miller]] Construction
*[[Scottish and Southern Energy]]
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:# [[David Murray]] Property and football
*[[Scottish Environmental Protection Agency]] ([[SEPA]]) - Is it protecting the environment or influenced by big business?
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:# Sir [[Ian Wood]] Oil services and fishing
*[[Peter_Clarke_(journalist)|Peter Clarke]] - the right wing former Scottish correspondent of the Economist: Where is he now?
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:# [[Harry Dobson]] Mining and football
*[[Entrepreneurial Exchange]], the corporate networking club set up by [[Tom Farmer]] what does it do?
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:# [[Joanne Rowling]] Novels and films
===Scotland’s top 20 Super-rich, 2006===
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:# [[Brian Souter]] and [[Ann Gloag]] Transport
# Sir [[Tom Hunter]] Property and sports goods
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:# Sir [[Arnold Clark]] Car sales
# [[Lord Laidlaw]] Conferences and media
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:# [[Jim McColl]] Engineering
# [[The Grant and Gordon family]] Whisky
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:# [[The Thomson family]] Media
# [[Keith Miller]] Construction
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:# [[Jim Morrison]] Mobile phones
# [[David Murray]] Property and football
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:# [[Freddie Johnston]] Newspapers
# Sir [[Ian Wood]] Oil services and fishing
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:# [[Brian Kennedy]] Double glazing and property
# [[Harry Dobson]] Mining and football
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:# [[Stewart Milne]] Construction
# [[Joanne Rowling]] Novels and films
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:# [[Robert Adair]] Property and oil
# [[Brian Souter]] and [[Ann Gloag]] Transport
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:# The [[Duke of Sutherland]] Land and art
# Sir [[Arnold Clark]] Car sales
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:# [[Richard Emanuel]] Mobile phones and property
# [[Jim McColl]] Engineering
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:# [[Graham Wylie]] Software and racehorses <ref>Source: Sunday Times Rich List, 2006, ‘Scotland’s Richest’ http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/pdfs/strlscotland.pdf</ref>
# [[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
 
<ref>Source: Sunday Times Rich List, 2006, ‘Scotland’s Richest’ http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/pdfs/strlscotland.pdf</ref>
 
  
  
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== Think tanks ==
 
  
* [[International Institute for Environment and Development]]
 
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*[[Association for Science Education in Scotland]] Their website is: http://www.ase.org.uk - What are its lobbying connections?
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Welcome to the Scotland Portal

Welcome to Scotland Portal on Powerbase - your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR.

Government-map-scotland.gif

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.

Powerbase has a policy of strict referencing, and is overseen by an editor and several Associate Portal editors.

Scotland’s top 20 Super-rich, 2006

  1. Sir Tom Hunter Property and sports goods
  2. Lord Laidlaw Conferences and media
  3. The Grant and Gordon family Whisky
  4. Keith Miller Construction
  5. David Murray Property and football
  6. Sir Ian Wood Oil services and fishing
  7. Harry Dobson Mining and football
  8. Joanne Rowling Novels and films
  9. Brian Souter and Ann Gloag Transport
  10. Sir Arnold Clark Car sales
  11. Jim McColl Engineering
  12. The Thomson family Media
  13. Jim Morrison Mobile phones
  14. Freddie Johnston Newspapers
  15. Brian Kennedy Double glazing and property
  16. Stewart Milne Construction
  17. Robert Adair Property and oil
  18. The Duke of Sutherland Land and art
  19. Richard Emanuel Mobile phones and property
  20. Graham Wylie Software and racehorses [1]


Elite Networks and Corporate Power


Lobbying and PR Industry bodies

Professional and Scientific bodies

Elite Social and networking clubs

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporations

Economic Consultants

Governing Scotland


Corporate/Government partnerships

Governmental bodies

Regulatory Bodies

Priority pages on Scotland


(This is a list of pages that need work - See more...)


Scottish Categories

Recent Changes to pages on Scotland

Resources

Network diagram from The Real rulers of Scotland by Thomas Burns, published in Glasgow by the London Scots Self Government Committee, 1940

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Notes

  1. Source: Sunday Times Rich List, 2006, ‘Scotland’s Richest’ http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/pdfs/strlscotland.pdf