24 Jun 2015

Ruth Davidson's Lessons from the Scottish Referendum

The following is republished with the kind permission of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. It is one part of Giving 16 and 17 Year Olds the Vote - The Tory Case , a publication from the Tory Reform Group. The Scottish Independence referendum on 18th September was unprecedented for many reasons. The decision, for the first time in British history, to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote was […]
5 Sep 2014

A new Scotland

As a politically active individual and an elections geek you’d think I would be excited beyond reason about the independence referendum. In actual fact, I have found the debate to be depressingly repetitive, providing few answers and repeating political dogma. I wish it would end. But I do see a light at the end of the tunnel. And that light is the exceptional involvement of Scotland’s citizens […]
3 Jul 2014

Women and indyref

This blog was first posted on Engender As the date of the referendum draws ever nearer, and the gender gap in the polls shows no sign of closing , there seem to be more events targeting women and their opinions. Which is great: women’s voices should be heard in the referendum debate. One such event held last week was organised by ACOSVO and the ESRC-funded ‘Future of UK and Scotland’ programme. […]
24 Mar 2014

As long as it's interim

Last week I attended two different events which discussed the possibilities a written constitution presents to Scotland. This week I am due to attend another. Scotland has already begun to think about what a constitution might look like, regardless of the result of the referendum. The debate around constitutional rights is already a separate conversation from the binary referendum campaign. It is […]
23 Jan 2014

Democracy: the year ahead

There will be elections aplenty in 2014 at home and abroad: the last locals ahead of the 2015 General Election, to be held on the same day as polls for the European Parliament; Scotland’s referendum on 18 th September; major contests in Brazil and US mid-terms in November kicking off the 2016 presidential election. Underlying these are three democracy moments to watch, with implications beyond […]
13 Sep 2013

An antidote to "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo"

We are grateful to Shelagh McKinlay for sharing this post which originally appeared at The Electoral Reform Society Scotland (ERS Scotland) has just published a report, “Democracy Max: an Inquiry into the Future of Scottish Democracy”. The report follows a year long process of discussion and deliberation which set out to explore a vision for a good […]
14 Dec 2012

How to ask one question

Guest writer Dr James Gilmour The Electoral Commission is assessing the question for the independence referendum proposed by the Scottish Government: "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?" The Commission must assess how intelligible the question is. They have an unenviable task! The question is short, is written in plain language and uses short words. So far, so good. It […]