Category Archives: Scottish Government

Nicola Sturgeon’s lonely decision

by James Mitchell  One issue will dominate discussion at the SNP conference in Glasgow this week, though not on the floor of the conference. The decision on when a second independence referendum is held is in the hands of Nicola … Continue reading

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The future of the Scottish Tories: more than theatricals…

by  James Mitchell   For three decades, senior Tories in London were perplexed by political developments in Scotland. As they saw it, the party’s support receded as Scots embraced their policies. Scots bought their council houses but showed little gratitude … Continue reading

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SNP Depute Leadership contest

by James Mitchell   The public could be excused for being unaware that the SNP is currently electing a new depute leader. Past SNP leadership contests have been significant events when the party has confronted major choices in strategy and … Continue reading

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Brexit and Indyref2

This week has once more seen protagonists and antagonists raise the prospect of a second independence referendum in the event of Brexit. The Financial Times based an article on the premise that ‘some SNP opponents suspect its leaders secretly hope … Continue reading

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What will Nicola Sturgeon be hoping for on June 23rd?

There has been much speculation on the implications of the EU referendum for the unity of the UK. A list of EU supporters have suggested that a vote for BREXIT will lead to the break-up of Britain. But what logic … Continue reading

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Ahead of 2016 elections, the SNP has more pressing issues than IndyRef 2

By Professor James Mitchell With the weakest opposition in Holyrood since devolution and riding high in the polls, the SNP can probably look forward to another period in office next year. The focus of most attention, especially amongst its opponents, … Continue reading

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A blow to the Scottish Government’s quest for a minimum alcohol price?

By Daniel Kenealy An Advocate-General (AG) of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) yesterday issued an opinion on the proposal by the Scottish Government to introduce a minimum price per unit (MPU) for alcohol. The entire opinion … Continue reading

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