It ain’t me, babe.

Apparently there is a new unionist group which calls itself 'These Islands'. Imitation is, of course, the sincerest form of flattery, but this new group has no connection with this website. If their intention is to explore potential new constitutional relationships between the nations of these islands, we wish them well. You will find a … Continue reading It ain’t me, babe.

Scotland and the Myth of the ‘Corbyn Bounce’

What explains the SNP’s performance in the 2017 general election? Although recent focus has been on the ‘Corbyn factor’ theory, Sean Swan writes that many factors were at play. Too much focus on Corbyn is not going to be productive for the SNP. The SNP, or at least sections of it, have been dissecting the … Continue reading Scotland and the Myth of the ‘Corbyn Bounce’

The Real SNP ‘Peak’ is yet to come – if…

The cleavages created by Labour’s 2017 electoral performance and by Brexit have made the political landscape more challenging for the SNP. But if the party are able to tack successfully into the new political winds, these challenges can be met, writes Sean Swan, making the forthcoming conference decisive for the party’s future. The SNP annual … Continue reading The Real SNP ‘Peak’ is yet to come – if…

After the Judgement, Whither Scotland?

The Supreme Court ruling in relation to Brexit was a thing of paradox. Many people who might normally be assumed to favour popular sovereignty went into ecstasy over a ruling which was a Diceyan reassertion of the sovereignty of Parliament as the guiding principle of the British constitution. It was a stark demonstration of the … Continue reading After the Judgement, Whither Scotland?

Brexit, Scotland, and the Dog that didn’t Bark.

During the Brexit referendum campaign, David Cameron argued that a ‘Leave’ vote would result in Scotland leaving the UK. Voting ‘Remain’ was, he claimed, the ‘patriotic’ thing to do. Following the referendum, in which England voted Leave but Scotland voted Remain by almost two to one, Nicola Sturgeon, who no doubt hoped that Cameron’s warning … Continue reading Brexit, Scotland, and the Dog that didn’t Bark.

After the Judgement, Whither Scotland?

After the Judgement, Whither Scotland? The Supreme Court ruling in relation to Brexit has brought a certain grim constitutional clarity. It was a reassertion of one of the guiding principles of the British constitution: the sovereignty of Parliament. Even Dicey got a mention in its support (para 43). And let there be no doubt in … Continue reading After the Judgement, Whither Scotland?

Brexit is not a game changer for Scottish independence

As far as support for Scottish independence goes, Brexit - despite what everybody (including me) first thought - is not a game changer. The article below was first published on the LSE's Politics and Policy blog: Scottish independence and the polls: why Brexit is not a game changer It is easy to assume that Brexit … Continue reading Brexit is not a game changer for Scottish independence