Can Scotland Become the Saudi Arabia of Renewables?

February 02, 2016

With strong government leadership and long-time public support, Scotland’s plan for a green future is underway. Leading up to the Independence Referendum in 2014, one way Scotland sought to differentiate itself from the United Kingdom was through its environmental policy. The Scottish...

Tackling Homelessness: What Difference Do Rights Make?

October 06, 2014

Rights-based approaches tackle the stigma of homelessness by making those who are homeless rights-holders, rather than recipients of charity. Policy responses to homelessness differ greatly between countries. Who is defined as homeless varies from narrow definitions that include only the...

UK Bedroom “Tax” – Why Cats Are Not Dogs

August 02, 2013

Why does it matter when politicians call subsidy reductions, “taxes”? It was in the case of Ghaidan vs. Godin-Mendoza that Lord Millett famously declared to use “the word ‘cats’ as meaning ‘cats or dogs’” would “usurp the function of...

The Evolution of Revolution: An Independent Scotland’s Constitution

July 23, 2013

Before Scotland's referendum, voters have a number of crucial questions to ask themselves. Written constitutions are borne out of revolution, not evolution, or so the saying goes. Whilst the Scottish independence movement cannot be easily characterised as either, it has become a position in...

Voter Rights in Scotland: A Punishment to Fit the Crime?

May 29, 2013

Greig Lamont looks at the justifications offered by the Scottish government for its decision to bar prisoners from voting in next year’s referendum on Scottish independence, and asks what they can tell us about progressive politics in Scotland. In March, Alex Salmond announced, to great...

Observing the Possibility of Scottish Independence

May 26, 2013

Sarah Eltantawi suggests that the debate on Scottish independence can provide useful insights for the Arab world. Those with attention turned habitually elsewhere in the world may not know the details of the Acts of Union of 1707, unifying Scotland and England. These acts, passed under the...

Scotland: In or Out of the British Union?

December 03, 2012

What part does national identity play in Scotland’s bid for independence? In a remarkable confluence of political events, independence for national territories – what I call understated nations – is on the agenda with a vengeance. With an election in Catalonia, a referendum in Scotland in...