UK Referendum

Renegotiation Must Tackle More Than Immigration to Win an EU Referendum

John Mills | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

While the negotiations around issues such as immigration are very important, they are not the whole story. Of perhaps equal significance are the developments within the EU itself. These changes may, in the end, have an even larger bearing on the outcome of any 'in-out' referendum, if and when the time comes.

Scotland Independence Referendum - The Aftermath

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Through this referendum the voices of the Scots were heard, and they need to continue to be heard just as loudly in future. The people who are still hung-up on the result need to be mature and respectful and move on from it; but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't continue to fight for change in other ways.

The Union Has Changed, But Northern Ireland Remains Unchanged as the Pork-Barrel Sectarian Principality

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The Union abides. Change is afoot, utterly. Scotland gets more power. England evolves. Wales will do its thing. Change is afoot - Except in Northern Ireland.

Scotland: A Dream Unravels

Benedict Cooper | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Benedict Cooper

In the end it was all over with a whimper, and two years of anticipation unravelled in a couple of hours. In the club we had fallen into on Niddry Street in the centre of Edinburgh, somewhere after midnight, crowds that would usually be bouncing off the walls in raucous revellry were clustered underneath TV screens, staring up as the results came in.

Labour Should Engage the North Too

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Labour should be commended for their efforts to bring the disengaged into politics, whether those for whom the referendum in Scotland rejuvenated their interest in politics or for young people and ethnic minorities. They should go further too, they need to ensure the regions where the anger at Westminster bubble matches that felt by many Scot, once again take part in the political process, both for their chances in 2015 and for the condition of British democracy.

Voices of the Scottish Referendum - Eight Scottish Voters and Their Decision

Rebecca Meredith | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Meredith

Regardless of the outcome of tomorrow's Referendum, Scotland will not stay the same. With 97% of the electorate registered to vote, tensions between the 'Yes' campaign and 'Better Together' are tangible.

Better Together: Democracy Wins Today

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Alex Ratcliffe

Whilst Plato had rather unflattering views of democracy, believing the wise philosopher should rule the state, this is what we have and is far better than any other method of rule we see in the world today. The onus is on We the People to make it work.

Fear of the Unknown Is a Good Reason to Vote No

Scott Dickson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Scott Dickson

The undeniable cynicism of justifying fear will leave itself open to detraction. But realism is better than wish thinking. So if you're voting No because you're scared of the risks, be reassured. It's a perfectly reasonable response to the wild unpredictability of separation.

#IndyRef - Vote on Identity Not Politics

Charles Oliver | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charles Oliver

The Scottish independence referendum (#IndyRef) is both encouraging and terrifying at the same time. To see voter registration at 97% of the adult population is encouraging. People have never been so active, engaged and motivated in politics in living memory. Turnout in the 1979 referendum was only 33%, too low for the outcome to count.

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

Indyref: The 'Yes' Vote May Win, But It Won't Be Because of 'Proper' Politics

Jason A Murdock | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jason A Murdock

Whatever you think about Alex Salmond - be it proprietor of independence or destroyer of the glorious union - he is right about one thing: the Scottish Independence referendum is a 'once in a generation' opportunity. It is the battle of disparity, the war of disillusionment, the fist-fight of hope vs. cold hard political reality.

Inheriting Scotland: Will Young Scots Back Global Millennial Trend of Togetherness or Seek Path to Independence?

Danny Bartlett | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

Data suggests young Scots see themselves as British and claims the digitised world may influence their vote to stay a part of the Union...

Why Scotland Shows the Future of Politics

Adam Hamdy | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Rather than being an aberration, Scotland may prove to be a trailblazer. In the same way that it has transformed media and communication, the Internet has the potential to radically alter government. We have the tools at our disposal to hold instant national votes on important political issues.

Should the Rest of the UK Care About the Prospect of Scottish Independence?

Ian Baxter | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

Scottish residents are about to vote on whether the country should become independent. The rest of the UK won't get a vote (even if they're Scottish!) but the outcome matters to all of us for practical not just emotional reasons.

What Does a 'Yes' Mean for the Property Market?

Michael Bruce | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK
Michael Bruce

There are clearly strong views on both sides of the debate and I don't intend to express opinions either way although the outcome could have a bearing on the housing market in general. What might the impact be?

The Flowering of Satire in the Caledonian Spring

Sara Sheridan | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

Kevin Bridges joked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month that in the wake of the Referendum vote in Scotland it was as if the whole country was...

Devolution Needs to Look Beyond the Scottish Referendum to Power Our Cities Across the Whole UK

Jim O'Neill | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jim O'Neill

The degree of centralised control in the UK is dramatic compared to other major economies, whether developed or developing, and it doesn't seem obvious as to why this makes good economic sense for either those that live in different parts of the country nor the country as a whole.

Why YouGov's Latest Opinion Poll still implies Scotland will vote 'No'

Dan Falvey | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Falvey

Yesterday's Scottish referendum poll conducted by YouGov has caused real panic amongst those supporting the better together campaign after the opinion...

Scottish Independence: Advertising Isn't Selling

Chris Hirst | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Hirst

Advertising may not have had the power to change people's minds in this referendum, but whatever the result, communications must deal with the fallout, be part of the necessary reconciliation and rebuilding going forward. But they will need to be a lot braver if they are to succeed.

Why 'Yes' Vote Would Be Great for Rest of the UK, As Well as Scotland

Natalie Bennett | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Our support for a "yes" vote isn't just a matter of passively following the lead of the Scottish Green Party, nor is it even just our no-comprise respect for the principle of self-determination, the right of peoples to decide their own future. First, we see the exciting possibilities of a new state in Scotland. It's a country whose voters have never been neoliberal, never voted neoliberal, where active espousal of the privatisation, austerity agenda that's done so much to protect and enhance the position of the rich in our society has got the Tories to where they are today north of the border, which is nowhere at all.

Alex Salmond Is Not A Fan Of This 'Flawed' Currency Poll

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

Research suggesting that more than half of voters in England are opposed to an independent Scotland using the pound has been condemned as "flawed" by ...

This DWP Referendum Memo 'Could Have Been Written A Lot More Sensitively'

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has defended a memo sent to staff telling them they had to support the UK Government in its objective to ma...

Bias at the BBC

Sara Sheridan | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

If you think this is only a Scottish issue, you'd be wrong. On 21st of June 50000 anti-austerity marchers hit the streets of London and the BBC didn't produce a single word about it. By contrast in 2011 a pro-Austerity march by the Tax Payers Alliance which totalled 350 people was covered in detail. It's not only our BBC that is at fault here - it's your BBC too.

After the Scottish Referendum

John Watson | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Watson

No one knows how Scotland will vote. Perhaps "yes" and, then again, perhaps "no". Either way the aftermath of the decision is likely to be far more interesting than the campaign which precedes it.

Let Glasgow Flourish

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Wasim Mahmood

If you are undecided or find yourself wavering in your decision to vote Yes, pause, step back and take a clear-headed look at what more the Union could possibly offer. One glance at the political, social and economic landscape before you is evidence enough that it is time to take a different course.