Category Archives: constitutional politics

The Spies’ Charm Offensive: Insulting Our Intelligence?

In recent times, the heads of British spy agencies have taken to the media and social media to engage in Public Relations activities,[1] advertising particularly their role in protecting the public against ‘disinformation’. But what should the public make of … Continue reading

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Integrity: Grasping The Initiative

This post provides links to discussions of the Institute for Statecraft’s “Integrity Initiative”. Most recent update is 5 November 2019 – the first anniversary of the original post – when verdict of Scottish Charity Regulator on the operation was announced. … Continue reading

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Cynthia McKinney: To my new friends in the UK

Cynthia McKinney, renowned American politician, activist and academic, is currently visiting the UK.  She has today shared some reflections on politics and media in UK via a public post on Facebook. Her words speak eloquently and powerfully, so I wanted to … Continue reading

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Finance, War, and the Rule of Rogue Law

Something like a privatised global constitution governs financial relationships affecting the life prospects of everyone on the planet. Not only does this entrench the pursuit of interests that run counter to social justice, ecological sustainability, and even real economic productivity.[1] … Continue reading

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What is ‘Open Society’?

The idea is familiar and sounds attractive. But attractive ideas can be used in different ways, and not always those you expect. Some interpretations of ‘Open Society’ actually conflict with others. The latent battle of ideas within is not obvious … Continue reading

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Should UK attack Syria? What Parliament might say

Has President Assad used chemical weapons in Syria? In 2013, UK parliamentarians were not convinced. Asked to vote on military action, our representatives decided against. Today, the same question arises again, but this time they may not get a chance … Continue reading

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English Votes for English Laws outfoxed by Scots

Yesterday I blogged about English Laws for English Foxes. Today I read a New Statesman piece by Michael Kenny that makes a quite contrasting argument. If he is right, my thoughts are not in tune with what the English majority … Continue reading

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English Laws for English Foxes?

First an admission.  While not being an SNP supporter, or even Scottish, I do enjoy a certain frisson when my adopted homeland’s First Minister gets to stick it to the UK’s current PM.  But now I ask myself: should I … Continue reading

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Why shouldn’t Scottish prisoners get to vote?

On prisoner voting, the UK government is less progressive than most other European countries. Scotland aspires to be a ‘beacon of progressive opinion’, but its government not only acquiesces in the UK position, it has also declined to take the … Continue reading

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