'Affront to Democracy': Scots youth organisations demand votes at 16 after registration soars
Claims that the Conservative party intends to introduce ‘voter suppression’ methods animates demands for democratic reform
SCOTTISH youth organisations are demanding that the regime of votes for 16 and 17-year-olds be extended to UK General Elections after millions of young people registered to vote on 12 December.
Analysis: Referendums Bill passes its first stage - what does this mean for independence?
CommonSpace considers the prospects for a 2020 referendum in light of the passage of the Referendums Bill at stage one
THURSDAY (7 November) saw the Scottish Parliament pass the first stage of the Referendums Bill, which was first announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP’s spring conference.
With the announcement closely following Sturgeon’s April pledge to push for an independence referendum before the 2021 Holyrood election, this was seen by some SNP supporters as a meaningful step towards a goal which appeared to have been put on hold.
Analysis: People power in Hong Kong exposes the instability of 'one country, two systems'
People power is winning in Hong Kong, as the city-state’s governing system – based on the old British colonial model but with Chinese state control bolted on – comes under severe strain
HONG KONG’S rulers have been under siege for over three months - from their own people.
Analysis: The British constitution is broken - now it should be dismantled completely
Boris Johnson has gamed UK democracy because Britain’s archaic system is easy to exploit – this precedent can’t be put back in the box; a constitutional revolution is needed, Ben Wray finds
THE reality of institutional power is only revealed at times of crisis. This is one of those times for the British state, and the machinations of Boris Johnson’s government certainly is revealing.
The Remit and Terms of Reference of the Citizens' Assembly of Scotland
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a Citizens’ Assembly on Scotland’s constitutional future in April. The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland has today [27 August] published the details of its remit and terms of reference, which will define the scope of the the Citizens’ Assembly’s work going forward. CommonSpace re-publishes the full document below.
The Citizens’ Assembly will consider—
Josiah Mortimer: The Citizens' Assembly of Scotland - what can it learn from elsewhere?
Josiah Mortimer, writer and spokesperson for the Electoral Reform Society, says a public debate held earlier this week on the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland, set to be launched in October, revealed the wide-ranging best practice there is to draw on in making citizens’ assemblies a success