Council Tax Reforms – A Missed Opportunity

Council Tax Reforms – A Missed Opportunity

Local taxation in Scotland is utterly broken and sadly these reforms do very little to fix it. There seems to be a lack of imagination in the Scottish Government when it comes to reform. And there’s an unwillingness to develop local government as a serious, empowered and accountable layer of government, viewing it instead as a conveyor belt for national policy.

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STV for Vendetta: Redux

As a huge fan of electoral systems, one of my biggest gripes in Scottish politics is the wide support that exists for the Single Transferable Vote. Especially following an odd and at times acrimonious Scottish Parliament election, there’s this unquestioned assumption that STV is some kind of solution. Indeed it’s often viewed not merely as …

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How Westminster Boundary Changes May Affect Victoria Park

How Westminster Boundary Changes May Affect Victoria Park

The Boundary Commission for Scotland have released their initial proposals for re-drawn Westminster constituencies in Scotland today. Seeking to reduce the number of MPs in Scotland by 6, the UK Government applied strict rules to the process. As such there are significant changes to Glasgow, which goes from 7 constituencies to 6. Constituency boundary reviews …

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Boundary Changes Highlight the Failures of FPTP

Today’s big political topic in Scotland is the first draft of the Boundary Commission for Scotland’s proposed Westminster constituencies, which you can find here. I’d been awaiting these keenly after the proposals for England, Wales and Northern Ireland were released – partly because I’m just that kind of person, and partly because the boundary change process and the …

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