Slowing Down?

As Aidan Reid explains, the fate of Mark Ruskell’s Members’ Bill on speed restrictions remains uncertain as Committee scrutiny concludes. There is usually not much in the way of tension surrounding a Bill making it through the legislative process. While particular elements are always challenged and sometimes amended, more often than not the general principles […]

Senedd this week: Welsh and Scottish governments seek to avoid no deal

Here are five things to look out for in the National Assembly for Wales this week. Brexit The Welsh and Scottish governments have come together to table identical motions for debate in the National Assembly for Wales and Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon. The motions call on the UK Government to take a no-deal Brexit […]

Five Things Happening in Scotland This Week

Natalie Mauchline looks at some of the issues being tackled at Holyrood this week.  An Independent Scotland with a New Currency With progress on Brexit appearing remote, independence has re-emerged as a topic of debate. Over the weekend, Derek Mackay told The National that the ‘Yes’ campaign had learned from its mistakes and threw his […]

Brexit: the Latest from Scotland

As Brexit day approaches, Natalie Mauchline outlines the latest Brexit news from Holyrood. Meaningful Vote Postponed Upon her arrival in Egypt for the EU-League of Arab States Summit, Theresa May announced MPs would not be given a fresh vote on the Brexit deal until Tuesday 12 March at the latest. The Prime Minister said talks […]

Transport News: the latest from Scotland

The Scottish Government’s Transport Bill is facing delays as a result of Brexit and the recently announced workplace parking levy. While Holyrood is in recess, Natalie Mauchline examines Scotland’s big transport issues.   Workplace Parking Levy One of the most controversial Budget announcements has been the workplace parking levy, which was agreed by the SNP […]

Brexit: the latest from Scotland

Theresa May was in Brussels again this week looking for help to sell her Brexit deal to MPs. Natalie Mauchline has more on this and the week’s other Brexit developments. Backstop Negotiations Theresa May spent the week in Brussels attempting to amend the Withdrawal Agreement, as demanded from her colleagues at Westminster who want alternative […]

Not Just Another Agency

The balance to be struck between ‘decluttering’ the landscape of Government agencies and facilitating economic rehabilitation can be seen in the South of Scotland Enterprise Bill, argues Aidan Reid.   Support for businesses comes in many forms in Scotland. Depending on location, sector and size, there are all manner of agencies that might provide financial […]

Five Things Happening in Scotland This Week

It’s the final week of business at the Scottish Parliament before the week-long February recess. Natalie Mauchline looks at some of the issues that might make the Scottish political headlines this week. Brexit and the Malthouse Compromise The Prime Minister’s victory last week may prove to be short-lived as she heads back to Brussels with […]

Scotland’s Place in the Global Misinformation Crisis

Under the freezing fog on Thursday morning, some of the leading Scottish experts on misinformation gathered in Stirling to discuss ways to stem the tide of fake news and bring clarity back to our online discourse. MisinfoConX Scotland was a day long “unconference” organised by Scottish media academics in conjunction with Hacks/Hackers, a loose-knit global […]

Preview: Scottish LibDem Conference, Hamilton

The Scottish Liberal Democrats head to Hamilton at the end of February with a stronger than ever commitment to prevent Brexit at all costs. Other topics up for discussion at the conference include public transport, education and the justice system. Upgrading ScotRail In the most recent Rail Passenger Survey, Transport Focus found overall satisfaction with […]