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On the nature of nationhood

With the recent celebrations of the Queen’s failure to die in a timely manner, and the lavish parades and parties thrown at massive cost to the public purse, all in the midst of the worst cost of living crisis in living memory, I’m left once more wondering about the state of politics in Britain. Perhaps […]

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Independence is nigh… but it’s not inevitable

The campaign for indyref 2 is stepping up from the dejected dawdle we’ve endured for the last 7 years to a brisk, brusque step. And it can’t come soon enough. The SNP government has announced its intentions to hold the referendum in late 2023, giving us two years to recover enough from covid for people […]

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Data not dates as Sturgeon calls for independence after pandemic

Nicola Sturgeon has called for the timing of any future Scottish independence referendum to be determined by “data not dates”, despite the party previously committing to hold a referendum by the end of 2023.  In a wide-ranging speech to the SNP’s annual conference, the First Minister also criticised the UK government’s new Nationality and Borders […]

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Scottish vaccine passports create confusion for English and international students

Edinburgh’s large non-Scottish student population are facing confusion as the imminent coronavirus vaccine passport scheme appears not to recognise covid-19 vaccines administered outside of Scotland.  From 1 October in Scotland, crowded venues, including nightclubs and sports venues, will be legally required to ask guests to show proof of double vaccination upon entry.  People who have received […]

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Vaccine passports approved for use in Scotland

The Scottish parliament has voted to introduce a requirement for people to show evidence of double vaccination when entering crowded venues, including nightclubs.    The law will come into force from 1 October, however the requirement to show a QR code or paper document proving double vaccination will only apply to those over the age of […]

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SNP-Green power-sharing deal approved

Members of the Scottish Green party have voted overwhelmingly to enter government for the first time in their history, in a “cooperation agreement” with the Scottish National Party, whose members also ratified the deal.  Via an Extraordinary General Meeting, Scottish Green members voted 82% in favour of gaining two junior ministerial portfolios for their co-leaders, […]

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Defamation: why is the law changing in Scotland?

In early March 2021, all eyes were on the Scottish Parliament as Nicola Sturgeon was scrutinised for the handling of sexual harassment complaints. Amidst the headlines, it was easy to miss the unanimous passing of the Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill. This landmark piece of legislation aims to modernise and simplify the law of […]

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Fourth win for the SNP with calls for second independence referendum

The Scottish National Party is celebrating the party’s fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish parliament election after winning a near majority of 64 seats.  In Scotland’s highest ever electoral turnout, with around 63 per cent of the electorate voting, the SNP fell short of just one seat needed to secure a majority at Holyrood but […]