Category: Constitution

Federalism – The Answer to a Question Scots Aren’t Asking

Federalism – The Answer to a Question Scots Aren’t Asking

Transforming the United Kingdom into a Federation (the Federal Kingdom?) is a recurring theme for more progressive unionist politicians in Scotland, as well as a certain section of the commentariat. It’s a perfectly sensible idea; the UK is a large, diverse country that has highly centralised governance arrangements, except for significant devolution to the small fringe nations. The problem is that it keeps being posed as a vague alternative to independence, rather than a serious project. And it’s a conversation a small clique of Scots are having amongst themselves, not the inclusive UK wide debate it needs to be. There are a whole range of issues that need to be considered – and most of them have little to do with Scotland. This post is basically so I have a “right, but it’s not that simple” button to press every time this issue crops back up.

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GE17 – Those Scottish Results, eh?

GE17 – Those Scottish Results, eh?

Like all political nerds, I’ve got a huge number of different threads swirling round my brain at the moment. The second shock general election result in as many years has thrown us all, and we’re once again utterly perplexed by our own country. So I’m sticking some of the things I’m thinking about on here, to clear them from my own brain as much as share them with others. Since I’ve got quite a lot of these thoughts, I’ve got some Scottish ones and British ones. Let’s do Scotland now, Britain later.

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The EU Ref Has Been So Dire I Can’t Think Of A Title For My Post About It

Although I’m still a bit tired from the Scottish Parliament campaign, I figure it’s about time to shake off some of that lethargy and think about the EU Referendum. Quite apart from being preoccupied by a traditional election, the EU campaign has been so soul crushingly awful it hasn’t been particularly appealing to get involved …

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