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We didn’t vote for it but there may be Opportunity for Scotland in the Brexit Bùrach – Stephen Gethins

Dominic Cummings is fond of telling London-based journalists they need to get out of the Metropolitan bubble to find out what people really think. It isn’t bad advice, often views are formed in capitals that are out of touch with the rest of the country. It is one of the reasons why politicians value time …

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After 20 years of Devolution, Can the Union Survive? – Tony Blair

The following speech was given by former Prime Minister Tony Blair at a Reform Scotland event on 8th October 2019 20 years ago, opinion was divided over the merits of devolution. Some said it would end the claim for Independence. Others said it would be the slippery slope which led to it. 20 years on, …

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You lost me at ‘teen’ – Katie Birrell

A browse through online responses to a recent BBC report on a speech given by Greta Thunberg to parliament in April provides an interesting illustration of youth activism today. Messages of support and enthusiasm are in abundance, yet, while Thunberg may have achieved an audience with MPs and a roundtable discussion with most major party …

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Devolution at 20 – First Minister’s speech

Two decades into devolution, with Holyrood firmly established, Reform Scotland asked prominent Scottish politicians what they would change to make the Parliament work better. Our Devolution at 20 series concluded with the following speech by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a Reform Scotland event on 18 June 2019. Thank you, Chris. And thanks to Reform …

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Devolution at 20: A Citizens Chamber would hold Holyrood to account – Jack McConnell

Two decades into devolution, with Holyrood firmly established, Reform Scotland asked prominent Scottish politicians what they would change to make the Parliament work better. It was such an honour to be a member of the first-ever elected Scottish Parliament in 1999. Twenty years ago we arrived at its temporary home, excited and a little nervous, …

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Devolution at 20: The good, the bad & the ugly – Holyrood Committees. – Jackie Baillie

Two decades into devolution, with Holyrood firmly established, Reform Scotland asked prominent Scottish politicians what they would change to make the Parliament work better. When the constitutional convention discussed the creation of the Scottish Parliament, over twenty years ago, they envisaged that parliamentary committees would be powerhouses, holding the Scottish Government and ministers to account …

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Devolution at 20: Free Holyrood’s committees from party control – Alex Neil

Two decades into devolution, with Holyrood firmly established, Reform Scotland asked prominent Scottish politicians what they would change to make the Parliament work better. It is now two years since the Commission on Parliamentary Reform published its report on how the Scottish Parliament should be reformed, to make it more open and accountable to the …

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Devolution at 20: How to fix Holyrood’s ‘boring speech’ problem – Murdo Fraser

Two decades into devolution, with Holyrood firmly established, Reform Scotland asked prominent Scottish politicians what they would change to make the Parliament work better. I fear that even the most enthusiastic admirers of the Holyrood Parliament would struggle to remember any truly outstanding debates in the Chamber. To be sure, there have been some great …

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Devolution at 20: Why Holyrood has still to forge its own identity – David Mundell

Two decades into devolution, with Holyrood firmly established, Reform Scotland asked prominent Scottish politicians what they would change to make the Parliament work better. Steven Camley, The Herald’s devastatingly droll cartoonist, rarely misses. He certainly didn’t when I found myself in his sights after offering some thoughts on the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament. I’d …

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Should the UK hold another Referendum on the EU? – Dr Paul Jourdan

The European Union Referendum Act 2015 (“the Referendum Act), which led to the EU referendum taking place in June 2016, has created a constitutional crisis in the UK.  This is a crisis which cannot be resolved until it is first admitted.  The symptoms of this crisis are evident in a Parliament so deeply divided and …

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