Now Scotland knows where it stands.
Well, after a fashion.
The result might be in but the actual plan for more devolution to come has become even more vague than it was a week ago.
It’s not, however, so hard to understand why when you consider the most pressing battle for the UK parties now is a General Election. The independence question is settled...for now.
So what is behind the changes and disagreements on proposals for more devolution? Besides the attraction of finally resolving the ...
With the real possibility of a yes vote, and the rapid move toward a greater devolution settlement if not, the landscape of post-referendum Scotland has already changed beyond most people’s envisioning only a few months ago.
Following the vote, things are going to quickly start to take shape, with discussions, negotiations or consultations expected to be underway in a matter of days. Analysis of the possible directions these could take and alerts on the developments week to week will help any company ...
If the Scottish referendum result is as close as these three recent polls suggest, possibly with a very small majority for Yes, will it be accepted?
While not generally a litigiously-minded island when it comes to politics, how close does the vote have to be for Scotland to end up wrangled in a US Presidential Election Florida 2000 style series of recounts, legal challenges and delays? With reports of inaccurate registrations, this possibility of challenges to the result has already been mooted.
Now the referendum campaign is polling on a knife-edge, the whole world has decided to sit up and give it serious attention.
Despite the divisions, and despite the reports from both sides of unpleasant incidents, there’s something undeniably happening in Scotland that hasn’t been seen for a long time: overwhelming political engagement.
The referendum is creating an energising of voters as perhaps never before; this is obvious to anyone in Scotland right now. Posters in windows, campaigners on streets, concerts and debates being ...
Any overview you care to read about the Edinburgh festivals will mention the independence referendum as a key theme of this year’s offerings...before quickly recommending you see other things, assuming, for some reason, that you might not be a political obsessive. As we are somewhat obsessive her at the Public Affairs Co-op, we are unabashedly offering suggestions for those who like a bit of politicking with their festivities. There's something for every kind of politico:
For the cultural politico - those who ...
Last night MSPs Jenny Marra (Scottish Labour) and John Finnie (Independent) joined Lucy McTernan of SCVO and Andy Myles of Scottish Environment LINK in a unique 'question time' style debate about Scotland's constitutional future.
David Lee of Public Affairs Co-op chaired the session, which sold out online with almost 40 people in attendance.
Questions covered issues of how charities could be heard while remaining neutral, how co-ops and social enterprises can play a larger part in Scotland's society and economy post referendum, the ...
One week ahead of the Independence Referendum - Third Sector Question Time event we asked our event partners: ACOSVO, Co-operatives UK and Social Enterprise Scotland to set out their views and thoughts for the social economy sector looking ahead to 18th September. Here, James Proctor of Co-operatives UK shares his thoughts:
Co-operatives Fortnight is the our opportunity to remind everyone that co-ops are about people as well as profits. That they are about democracy, the right to appoint, and remove, the people that run the co-operative. And about participating in the big ...
One week ahead of the Independence Referendum - Third Sector Question Time event we ask our event partners: ACOSVO, Co-operatives UK and Social Enterprise Scotland to set out their views and thoughts for the social economy sector looking ahead to 18th September. Duncan Thorp, Parliamentary, Policy and Communications Officer for Social Enterprise Scotland shares his thoughts below:
Scotland’s innovative social enterprises are taking forward a radical programme of social and environmental change across our communities. These businesses are helping to transform lives, go beyond traditional models of delivery and create a ...
One week ahead of our Independence Referendum - Third Sector Question Time event we asked our event partners: ACOSVO, Co-operatives UK and Social Enterprise Scotland to set out their views and thoughts for the social economy sector looking ahead to 18th September. Below, Pat Armstrong, Chief Executive of ACOSVO shares her thoughts:
“The status quo is not an option”. A phrase we hear a lot lately in Scotland. Most are in agreement that no matter what the outcome of the Referendum, more change will be heading our way. In ...
Scottish politicians Patrick Harvie MSP, Scottish Green Party, Jenny Marra MSP, Scottish Labour Party, plus two representatives of third sector organisations Andy Myles, of Scottish Environment LINK and Lucy McTernan, SCVO Deputy Chief Executive, are to debate and answer questions from Scotland’s charities and social enterprises next month on the independence referendum.
Public Affairs Co-op, Scotland’s first public affairs workers’ co-operative, working with partners Social Enterprise Scotland, Co-ops UK, and Association of Chief Officers of Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO), are organising the free ...