Craig McAngus

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Dr
Craig
McAngus
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Lecturer
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University of Aberdeen
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Craig was part of a project looking at how Scotland could become more gender equal, focussing specifically on care policy.  His other research interests include political parties, elections, electoral behaviour and territorial politics.

Project Job Role: 
Policy Challenges and the Future of Scotland, Centre on Constitutional Change

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The question of Scottish independence has taken centre stage in the public debate since the Brexit vote. England and Wales have voted to leave the EU, but Scotland and Northern Ireland have voted to remain. Together with this differing outcome, the absence of a post-referendum plan – and of any sign... Read more
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The clear difference between Scotland's Remain vote and the preference south of the border has rekindled the independence debate but, says Craig McAngus, all is not entirely straightforward for the SNP.   One question that was omnipresent in the EU referendum debate referred to Scotland: what would... Read more
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The assumption that Scotland is a left-wing country and, perhaps more importantly, more left-wing than England is one that pervades discussion of Scottish politics. Of course, Scottish politics has been dominated by parties on the left since the 1980s, and elite political discourse in Scotland is a... Read more
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Could a Corbyn victory win former Scottish Labour voters back from the SNP? Craig McAngus suggests that they may agree with him on many issues but the constitution would remain a sticking point.  Suggestions that Jeremy Corbyn is ahead in the race for UK Labour’s leadership raise some interesting qu... Read more
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The Conservatives rejection of devolved top ups for welfare payments isn't a breach of the Smith Agreement, says Craig McAngus, but it certainly seems to throw away the party's own Strathclyde Commission report.    Scottish National Party MPs tabled a number of amendments to the Scotland Bill curren... Read more
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Craig McAngus looks at how the SNP has to both protest and oppose, and this won’t be an easy balancing act. This post orignally appeared on Holyrood. The SNP’s result at the General Election was nothing short of astounding. Despite being on the losing side of the referendum, the party has become a w... Read more
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The SNP have swept the electoral map in Scottish, winning all but three seats. With a Conservative government south of the border, Craig McAngus argues that the ‘significant change’ threshold put on another referendum by the SNP may now have been breached. This article originally appeared on LSE Bri... Read more
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The election of a significantly larger number of SNP MPs may open old discussions within the party about the strategy to achieve independence. Craig McAngus considers the tensions within the party, where they came from and where they’re going next. Apart from the decision to change party policy and... Read more
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Craig McAngus looks at how the SNP would manage the opportunity of a large Westminster presence, should that be what Scotland votes for, and how it's likely to be one of Sturgeon’s biggest challenges. This post originally appeared on The Conversation. With the launch of the long-awaited Scottish Nat... Read more
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What do welfare proposals in the SNP manifesto mean? Craig McAngus investigates. This post originally appeared on The Conversation. The SNP’s 2015 manifesto devotes significant space to welfare. The future of the welfare state was a very important issue in the Scottish referendum campaign, with the... Read more
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  • 22nd January 2019

    The UK is increasingly polarised by Brexit identities and they seem to have become stronger than party identities, a new academic report finds. Only one in 16 people did not have a Brexit identity, while more than one in five said they had no party identity. Sir John Curtice’s latest analysis of public opinion on a further referendum finds there has been no decisive shift in favour of another referendum. The report, Brexit and public opinion 2019, by The UK in a Changing Europe, provides an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to public opinion on each of the key issues around Brexit. CCC Fellow, Dr Coree Brown Swan contributed a chapter on "the SNP, Brexit and the politics of independence"

  • 22nd January 2019

    In the papers accompanying the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill published at the end of 2018, the UK Government says that it is “exploring opportunities to co-design the final proposals with the devolved administrations.” There are clear benefits in having strong co-operation and collaboration across the UK in the oversight of our environmental law and performance. Yet the challenge of finding a way forward in terms of working together is substantial since each part of the UK is in a different position at present. Given where things stand today, it may be better to accept that a good resolution is not possible immediately and to revisit the issue at a later stage - so long as there is a strong commitment to return and not allow interim arrangements to become fixed. Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee examines the issues.

  • 17th January 2019

    Richard Parry assesses a memorable day in UK parliamentary history as the Commons splits 432-202 on 15 January 2019 against the Government's recommended Brexit route. It was the most dramatic night at Westminster since the Labour government’s defeat on a confidence motion in 1979.

  • 17th January 2019

    What is the Irish government’s Brexit wish-list? The suggestion that Irish unity, as opposed to safeguarding political and economic stability, is the foremost concern of the Irish government is to misunderstand and misrepresent the motivations of this key Brexit stakeholder, writes Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork).

  • 17th January 2019

    Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop, argues the CCC's Michael Keating.

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