Dipping a toe in the water

Before reading this, it is worth skimming my previous post on the topic of forecasting English hospital admissions. The two graphs above show the results of my initial pokings into the NHS hospital activity data.  The first one shows quite clearly how activity has in average increased every year. (I’m not yet quite sure why […]

I can’t get no … devolution!

The West Lothian question has survived since 1977 without a satisfactory answer.  Gradual devolution to the citizens of Scotland has been piecemeal and only focused on the dispensing of public funds; the Scottish Executive has authority over education, healthcare and justice policy, but almost no responsibility for raising revenue to fund them.  This has clearly […]