Category Archives: Scottish Politics

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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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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Tories smiling but challenges ahead

The Scottish Conservatives are smiling and with good reason. The party’s share of the vote rose by 8.1% to 22% across Scotland’s 73 constituencies and by 10.6% to 22.9% across its regions. Over half a million voters turned out to … Continue reading

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Local Government and the May 2016 Holyrood Election

By Professor James Mitchell Summary This briefing assesses the likely role of local government in the May elections for the Scottish Parliament. There are few areas of public policy under Holyrood’s remit that do not have local government implications, but … Continue reading

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Politics is an expectations game

By Professor James Mitchell Politics is an expectations game. As Mary Matalin and James Carville noted success is ‘not measured by actual results, but preconceived expectations’. As we approach May’s Holyrood elections, the SNP is expected to extend its lead … Continue reading

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