Reform Scotland

Govt & constitution

The real question a ballot paper on Scottish independence should ask – Paul Jourdan

If a second referendum is to be held on whether Scotland should leave the UK, what should the question be, and why does it matter? Readers will know that a referendum was held in Scotland on 18 September 2014 in which the question put to the voters was “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, to …

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Local government finance & the need to respect devolution – Paul McLennan

Scottish Politics at the best time of times can be tribalistic. The recent appearance of Alex Salmond at the  Holyrood Parliament Harassment inquiry has seen that reach fever pitch. The short term effects may be a factor in the Scottish Parliament Elections in May this year. It’s the longer term effects that trouble me also. …

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Still Better Together: How Unionists can beat the SNP again in indyref2 – Blair McDougall

Reading events since the 2014 referendum is like a Rorschach test: there’s an element of people seeing what they want to see. The nationalist sees their movement on the cusp of historic success. Their opponent instead sees it splintering under the pressure of its own contradictions. We’d all do well to look a bit closer …

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Scottish immigration and the battle for independence – Kieran Isgin

As support for Scottish independence is on the rise, questions are beginning to be asked about how Scotland would deal with its borders and immigration policies. A poll carried out by STV news found that support for an independent Scotland has now reached a record high of 58% with only 39% unreservedly opposing it. Debates …

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Defending an Independent Scotland – Richard Marsh

Curriculum for Excellence’s implementation has been “largely negative” says Bloomer Our report on defending an independent Scotland, A’ the Blue Bonnets, was published by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in 2012.  The report remains the only credible costed model of how an independent Scotland could defend itself. Since then, much has changed in terms of the …

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As the enforcement of the UK’s new immigration rules approach, it’s time to consider how they will impact Scotland – Reanna Smith

Over the past six months, Brexit has taken a back-seat as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly became the country’s top concern. But with lessons learnt from this difficult time, and less than six months until the newly proposed immigration rules are set to be put into force, it’s time to consider just what they could mean for Scotland. …

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Increasing participation in local democracy – Angus Tulloch

Most democrats will agree that increased popular involvement in the political process would strengthen the credibility, direction and execution of governing institutions. This applies to every layer of government. However, given the closer geographical proximity of local authorities to those whom they govern, it should be much easier to allow for greater public participation here …

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Folding DfID into Foreign Office is retrograde step towards isolation – Ricky Ross

It’s hard enough to get people agitated about the amalgamation of Whitehall departments in ordinary times. That the Department for International Development’s folding into the Foreign Office took place on the same day a young footballer trounced the government on its school meals policy, as well as the launch of a miracle Covid-19 treatment, helped …

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