Electoral Reform Society Scotland's blog

15 Feb 2016

Call me maybe - why the Scottish Lobbying Bill gets it wrong on digital comms

This is a guest blog, originally published by the Scottish Alliance for Lobbying Transparency . The opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Electoral Reform Society. By Pete Mills, Unlock Democracy Is there a big difference between a Skype call and a phone call? Not really, you might think. One can use video, the other can’t; one uses your data, […]
12 Feb 2016

Charities have nothing to fear from the Scottish Lobbying Bill

This is a guest blog - the opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Electoral Reform Society. MSc student Megan Elliot, who is conducting research on lobbying disclosure and its impact on small organisations, responds to fears that changes in lobbying transparency could cause a 'democratic chill' for small groups. This is reposted from CommonSpace. […]
25 Jan 2016

5 Myths About the Scottish Lobbying Bill

This is a guest post by Pete Mills from Unlock Democracy In the first week back after Christmas, MSPs debated a Bill to introduce a lobbying register designed to let ordinary people know who is trying to influence our politicians. During the debate, we heard powerful calls from MSPs - including the influential Standards Committee - to expand the register so that it gives a clear picture of […]