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Scotland’s Constitution – Obsessed Debate is Wrecking Local Democracy. Time for a Change.

We know the divisiveness of the constitutional question has led many to believe nothing can be better without Scotland becoming independent, that’s not new. But a side-effect of our current polarisation is a reduction in understanding of the various different levels of government, and in voters confidence it can deliver better and fairer outcomes. 
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Love it or Loath it, Sturgeon’s restrictions are the epitome of devolution

This, in effect is the beauty of devolution, four governments collaborating, sharing information, and making individual, differing decisions for their nations.
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Scotland Should Try to Attract Hong Kongers Fleeing Chinese Occupation

The UK government has done the right thing in extending the immigration to offer to Hong Kongers. But the government have done little to pro-actively attract emigrees from Hong Kong. This represents a huge opportunity for Scotland to instead attract some of the most talented and capable Hong Kongers who otherwise might have chosen to relocate to London, or elsewhere in the south of England.
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Scotland’s Shuttered Town Centres Need More Powers

Perhaps one of the most immediately visible effects of the last two years has been on Scotland’s town centres. A walk through any high street paints a depressing picture. Once bustling streets are often deserted. Family-owned independent businesses have been replaced by charity shops and nail salons. Many more lie empty, their boarded windows a crude symbol of decay.
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It’s Time to Blow the Whistle on our Failure to Protect Children

How do we make children in Scotland safer? This question ought to be asked by everyone at every level of government and in every one of the many organisations that have the wellbeing of children and young people as their objective. But of course, that is not the world we live in.
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Arthurs Seat and Edinburgh, from Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

New Year, New Ideas

We are looking forward to a big year where – Covid permitting – we finally hope to engage properly with communities across the country. Our basic plan is the same one as last year: we hope to set out a positive argument for Scotland’s future as part of the UK, which is open to change and reform, and which reflects the views of “middle Scotland”.
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COP shows Scotland can host the World Cup

The World Cup: a tournament that the UK and Ireland should host in 2030. From the UK government’s perspective, it would be an opportunity to reaffirm the deep cultural bonds that exist across the UK. It would also show the UK delivering for Scotland, much more than any technocratic policy announcement ever could.
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After Kate Forbes’ “Meter-Feeding” Budget, it’s Time For Opposition Parties to Seize a Positive Agenda

Kate Forbes billed this as a “budget of choices”. Instead, it was a budget of zero choices. Rather than grasp the thistle of change, the meter was fed, the show trundles on and tomorrow will be the same as yesterday.
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Forbes Should Make a Bet For Scottish Growth

The best things in life are free. Money isn’t everything. This hippy-dippy Scottisness is an example of the image of country that Nicola Stugeon wishes to sell to the world. Today however, her government must seek to grapple with hard tacks.
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Nice Idea – But Where’s The Plan?

When the Scottish Government sets new proposals on Greenhouse Gas Emissions they get reviewed by an independent body, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). So what was the verdict? In short, our overall targets are world leading. The plans for getting there are more problematic.
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Reflecting on COP26: Hope and Fear – the view from the street

Two weeks ago, ‘the most important climate conference of our generation’ ended in tears, quite literally for Alok Sharma. Many have said ‘The Glasgow Climate Pact’ is a disappointment, but that would imply I expected anything better. Boris Johnson warned we were at ‘one minute to midnight’ as COP opened. Today it’s fair to say we’re well into the early morning.
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“Stuck”

It seems that in Scottish politics the word of the week is “stuck”. In an emotional interview with Holyrood magazine, former First Minister Jack McConnell shared his dismay at the state of Scottish politics. He revealed the depths of his frustration at how a parliament he has longed for has failed to deliver on its potential. This prompted a flurry of engaging articles on devolution
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