There has been an ongoing monitoring of the devolution project, funded by the ESRC since about 2000. The Herald newspaper reports that Scotland’s local lawmakers have followed deeply (small ‘c’) conservative policies on key public services “compared with their more innovative counterparts in England”. Professor Charlie Jeffrey states that: “One of the key findings of the entire (research) project has been that we do not have a capacity to think UK-wide anymore and that signals trouble.” Stats are released in London today. Considering the obvious parallels with NI this is worth returning to when we get the hard figures!!