Will Britain Become Scot-Free?

February 17, 2021

Among the consequences of Boris Johnson’s greatest accomplishment, Brexit, the question looms of the possible imminent fracturing of the union of nations known as the United Kingdom. The act of shattering one union — the EU — may have launched a trend.  As the second most important...

Independent Scotland: A Wish for the Chance to Make Our Own Mistakes

September 15, 2014

Scottish independence is the first stage in a process to work toward a better society. The way the debate on the pros and cons of the potential independence of Scotland has developed has been fascinating in a number of ways. The first is the considerable gap between the selectivity and the...

The Scottish Referendum Explained

September 15, 2014

Will Scotland secede from the United Kingdom? Background On September 18, 4 million voters in Scotland will be asked a “yes” or “no” question that could have profound implications for their country, and for the United Kingdom of which it is a part: “Should Scotland be an independent...

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...