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Scottish Independence looms: Rather than dither and delay, Johnson must radically change his approach.

Oliver Lewis quitting from the ‘Union Unit’ over a week ago with less than two weeks in the job is frankly the least of Boris Johnson’s difficulties. Johnson is perhaps too keenly aware of the wider issue at hand: more than twice as many Britons think Scotland will be independent in 10 years than think […]

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Interview with the Governor of Edinburgh Castle

There is a lot of talk right now about what it means to be Scottish in the 21st Century, as the independence debate grinds on. One man, the Queen’s man in Edinburgh Castle, embraces a version of it which he says is embedded in the rocks and stones of that castle; in his name and […]

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Covert Human Intelligence Sources bill: accountability in the justice system

Much of the glitz regarding the James Bond franchise, only exists in the minds of Hollywood producers. But, a ‘licence to kill’ may soon become a reality in the UK, as Westminster considers new legislation allowing confidential informants working for the security services to be authorised to break the law. The Covert Human Intelligence Sources […]

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2020 United States presidential elections: what does the United Kingdom have to lose?

With the US presidential election well underway, the consequences of impending results have come to the forefront of the UK’s political radar. Aside from the importance of the ‘special relationship’, this election’s results will be particularly significant to UK citizens as they will determine the UK-US post-Brexit trade deal in January when the UK will […]

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Irish Politics: the end of a long consensus?

“The two-party system is now officially broken, I believe forever”, said a confident Mary Lou McDonald, leader of Sinn Féin, in her victory speech – clearly on a high after the previous day’s general election. She has reason to believe as such: to the shock of the political establishment Sinn Féin managed to lead first-preference […]

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Gordon Brown says this is a United Kingdom in name only- and he’s right

Labour’s former High Heidyin has resurfaced. Since Gordon Brown’s premiership he has been most known for his prominent role in the 2014 ‘Better Together’ campaign and his tendency to pop up whenever Scotland’s independence movement looks set to make gains. In his most recent contribution to The Guardian he speaks of a “United Kingdom in […]

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Progressives could do well to capitalise on English identity politics

While not fought on the same terrain as last year’s independence referendum, the general election has served as a sort of proxy war for the survival of the Union. With the surge of SNP MPs soon to be heading to Westminster, albeit under no mandate to dismantle what remains of our ‘United Kingdom’, every controversial […]