Dr Mark McNaught
Catalan Vice-President Oriol Junqueras: Fight for a people that weeps, do not weep for a people that fights
In an open letter, Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras writes from prison in Spain urging Catalan citizens to claim their democratic rights on 21 December
THE following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people.
Mark McNaught: How the Great Repeal Bill could let Sturgeon move a second indy vote forward
CommonSpace columnist Mark McNaught says the Great Repeal Bill could be a big opportunity for the independence movement to make the case for - and win - a second referendum
IN retrospect, the 'Great' Repeal Bill (GRB) for Scots may turn out to be historically analogous to the 2010 Ruling of the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal over the Catalan Statute of Autonomy.
Both of these acts constitute a revocation of many hard-won devolved powers. Both shall have dissolved the brittle consensus over devolution and their nations’ role place within broader "union".
Mark McNaught: Jim Sillars fails to grasp several important points in his EU critique
CommonSpace columnist Mark McNaught responds to a recent column on CommonSpace and presents a positive case for Scotland in the EU
IT WAS with great interest that I read Jim Sillars’ recent column on Commonspace, in which he defends his position to abstain from an independence vote if voting Yes would lead to an independent Scotland remaining in the European Union.
Mark McNaught: Catalans to have independence referendum in 2017, with or without Madrid’s consent
Dr Mark McNaught of Demos Scotland outlines the political landscape in Catalonia as the independence movement marches forward
CATALAN President Carles Puigdemond last Wednesday announced before the parliament:
"Either a referendum, or a referendum...
Mark McNaught: The 'new alliance' - Scots and Catalans begin cooperation on constitution issue
Dr Mark McNaught of Demos Scotland gives an update on his quest to create a Scottish constitution
ON 10 September, with elected members of the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) Friends of Catalonia group in Barcelona for la Diada the following day, we brought together three members of the Catalan parliament, and members of Constituïm who have developed a prototype draft constitution for Catalonia.
Mark McNaught: How we're making a modern constitution for an independent Scottish republic
Dr Mark McNaught of Demos Scotland gives an update on the project to crowdsource a Scottish constitution
WE at Demos Scotland are pleased to engage in an ambitions project to develop a written constitution underpinning a Scottish republic worthy of its people.
While at present there is no official independence campaign, this does not prevent citizens and people of good will and ideas from crowdsourcing a solid, well thought out constitution worthy of ratification.
Dr Mark McNaught: Scotland will need a constitution, so let's make one
Dr Mark McNaught explains a new initiative aimed at crowdsourcing a Scottish constitution
ARGUABLY, a principal reason that the Yes vote did not prevail in 2014 is that there was not enough exploration of the constitutional possibilities of independence. Rather, the debate was heavily weighted towards its purportedly calamitous effects.
Mark McNaught: Theresa May’s only 'precious bond' is a golden chain leash
Dr Mark McNaught says Prime Minister Theresa May's comments on the UK union have little meaning
PERHAPS sensing the impending demise of the UK over Scotland’s constitutional status within the EU and the UK, Theresa May opined in her first remarks as prime minister outside 10 Downing Street last Wednesday.
"The full title of my party is the Conservative and Unionist party and that word unionist is very important to me. It means we believe in the union, the precious, precious bond between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland," she said.
Mark McNaught: Why there really is no UK democratic legitimacy left in Scotland
Dr Mark McNaught, Assistant Professor of Law, Philosophy, and US Civilization at the University of Rennes, says Scotland should do democracy its own way
TO THE extent that it ever existed, the frantic convulsions of the Westminster system in the wake of the Brexit vote have definitively extinguished any legitimacy of the UK in Scotland.
Only time will tell if any can be restored to what will be left of the UK, after the constitutional writhing has subsided and we begin to see what will emerge in its wake.