Stephen Tierney analyses proposals to introduce an interim constitution in the event of a yes vote, concluding that the referendum embodies the spirit of vernacular politics, and a constitution which explicitly outlines policies, could challenge this spirit. This piece was originally published by the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum.
This blog originally appeared on British Politics and Policy at LSE blog
As the vote on Scottish independence gets closer, the polls are steadily narrowing. The Yes camp believes that to win the referendum they need to persuade enough Labour affiliates to back an independent Scotland. Craig McAngus examines data on Labour affiliates’ attitudes with regards devolution of more powers and constitutional change in Scotland more widely.
Kevin Dunion of the Centre for Freedom of Information at the School of Law, University of Dundee discusses prospects of a Scottish Constitution to improve Freedom of Information provisions.
Until recently the Scottish Government’s declared position as set out in Scotland's Future, has been that “The right time for a written constitution to be drafted is… after independence not before”. The announcement that it now intends to publish an interim constitution by the summer is a sudden change of heart.
Scottish Labour’s claim in the first paragraph of its latest paper, to have led the argument for devolution for over 100 years takes a historical liberty. Its unionist and home rule components have fought it out since the 1920s. Devolution in 1999 allowed Labour to take ownership of the issue, but since then it has tended to a defensive posture, conceding further powers reluctantly in the face of SNP competition, and too late to have an impact.
The final report of the Labour Party’s Devolution Commission is now out, ready for presentation and, we presume, approval at the Scottish Labour Conference this weekend. The publication of the report leaves the Conservatives as the only significant pro-union party yet to declare its hand on what further devolution it would consider in the event of a No vote in September.