Category Archives: Scottish Government

National Priorities in Education – what does the law say?

On Monday, I was fortunate to be in the audience while the First Minister gave a speech on education.  In that speech, she set out “twin priorities of improving attainment for all children and tackling the attainment gap between children … Continue reading

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Devolution in the UK

I have just sent off my submission to the Commons Select Committee on Political and Constitutional Reform in response to their inquiry on the future of devolution in the United Kingdom, in the light of the referendum result. The Committee’s … Continue reading

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Corroboration abolition opposed

Lords Cullen and Hamilton have given separate interviews making public their opposition to the Scottish Government’s proposed abolition of the requirement for corroboration in criminal trials in Scotland. I find it interesting that they gave separate interviews, each one supporting … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Future – Absolvitor’s Questions Answered

I have just finished a cursory scan of the White Paper “Scotland’s Future” which (at long last) answers some of the fundamental questions raised by this website answered: Q590. There will be no change in the constitutional position of the … Continue reading

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Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Government have published their consultation on the draft Bill to introduce same sex marriage in Scotland.  The draft Bill is called the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill and it will be pored over in great detail, no … Continue reading

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Focus on alcohol

So, somewhat inevitably, the Scottish Government‘s minimum alcohol pricing laws have been challenged by the booze industry. Specifically, the Scotch Whisky Association and two European bodies which represent producers of spirit drinks and the wine industry and trade are petitioning … Continue reading

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Church of (an independent) Scotland – Part 3

First of all, sorry about the gap in posting.  I’m going to try and post a bit more often now. In my absence, the Scottish and UK Governments have agreed the “Edinburgh Agreement” which will allow a referendum on independence … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage – what’s next for Scotland?

Game, set and match to the equal marriage campaign – no?  Now that Obama has come out in favour of gay marriage in the USA, the liberal democracies of the western world (including Scotland) must surely follow? As you will … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

The Scottish Government, along with its equivalents in Wales, Northern Ireland and .. um .. the rest of the United Kingdom are consulting on proposals to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. Standardised packaging is likely to mean no branding, a … Continue reading

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Church of (an independent) Scotland – Part 2

With all this talk of an independent Scotland on the horizon, there is one question which leaps immediately to the front of one’s mind: What impact would independence have on the constitutional position of the Church of Scotland? At least, … Continue reading

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