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Why are MSPs afraid to comment on some reserved matters but not others?

As a humanitarian, I find myself frustrated by some Scottish politicians’ craven propensity to utilise the parameters of devolution as a pretext to avoid supporting the campaigns of various nonprofit organisations. Specifically those which encourage an increase in the UK’s foreign aid budget – particularly at a time when mass death is occurring because of […]

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The Student on devolution: Johnson gets it wrong again

In a virtual conversation with Conservative MPs last week Boris Johnson, the prime minister, outlined how he thought devolution had been a “disaster” in Scotland, suggesting it was “Tony Blair’s biggest mistake”. Obviously, Johnson’s comments have proved incredibly inflammatory with Nicola Sturgeon tweeting in response: “Worth bookmarking these PM comments for the next time Tories […]

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There is no need for MPs to be returning to Westminster

I find myself in a rather odd position right now. Yesterday Westminster voted 350-258 to end all virtual proceedings and force MPs to return to the House of Commons on 2 June in order to resume business as normal. Usually this would be a great thing, in fact I slated the government for trying to […]

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The UK’s drug policy is failing: can Scotland do better?

It recently emerged that the recorded number of drug deaths in Scotland reached a record high last year. The National Records of Scotland (NRS) reported that 1,187 people had lost their lives in 2018. Compared to the 4,359 people who died from drug poisoning in England and Wales over the same period, this number doesn’t seem […]