Alex Steven: Assessing the Scottish Lobbying Register on its first birthday
One year to the day since the Scottish Lobbying Register first went live, Alex Steven analyses the impact it has had, and why it still needs to be strengthened
NEIL FINDLAY sought to “promote greater transparency openness and accountability” when proposing the creation of a Scottish Lobbying Register. Seven years later he views the final creation to be a “major disappointment”.
Corporate capture of EU member-states in Brussels ‘very high’ and ‘getting worse’, think-tank finds
‘Captured States: When EU Governments are a channel for corporate interests’ challenges “nationalist rhetoric” which sees “blaming the EU ‘appartus’ alone” as a sufficient explanation of EU corporate power
Tourism businesses backs Edinburgh tourist tax in consultation, despite industry lobby opposition
85 per cent of respondents issued strong support for the proposals, with nine per cent strongly opposed.
A MAJORITY of businesses and accommodation providers have backed proposals for a tourist tax in an Edinburgh City Council consultation, in contradiction to the tourist industry lobby which has made high-profile attempts to oppose the plans.
Israel-Palestine education: Pressure grows as cross party MSPs set to ‘express concern’ in letter
“Quality assured” Education Scotland resources on Israel-Palestine were removed in May 2017 and a review into the resources was paused in August 2018
THE convenors of the Scottish Parliament’s cross party group on Palestine are to write to the Deputy First Minister in search of answers about the three year saga over Israel-Palestine educational resources for Scotland’s schools.
Analysis: When lobbying power and the false pursuit of consensus trumps learning
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says the deputy First Minister John Swinney should consider his handling of the Israel-Palestine learning and teaching resources three year saga, and ask himself whether he has badly let down Scotland’s Palestinian community
OUR story on the three year saga over the development of Israel-Palestine educational resources in Scotland is revealing of two fundamental problems.
Revealed: Swinney shuts down Israel-Palestine school resources after lobbying pressure
The Israel-Palestine educational resources had already been ‘quality approved’ by Education Scotland before being removed as a learning and teaching resource
THE deputy First Minister removed Education Scotland approved educational resources on Israel-Palestine after pressure from Jewish and pro-Israeli lobby groups, CommonSpace can reveal.
Neo-liberal thinktank hit by 'cash for access' scandal after undercover sting
The hard Brexit think-tank is being investigated after an undercover sting showed think tank bosses offering US donors access to government ministers in exchange for funding
THINKTANKS which are not transparent about funding risk bringing the entire sector into disrepute, a leading Scottish think-tank has said after a "cash for access" scandal engulfed the neo-liberal Institute of Economic Affairs.
Rebuttal: Is it ‘completely unfair’ to call Charlotte Street Partners corporate lobbyists?
CommonSpace spoke to three lobbying experts about whether it was ‘completely unfair’ to describe Charlotte Street Partners as corporate lobbyists
ANDREW WILSON, chair of the SNP’s Growth Commission on the economics of independence published at the start of June, was interviewed in the Sunday Herald on 1 July.
David Jamieson: The Growth Commission, Charlotte Street Partners and Scotland's ruling class networks
David Jamieson examines the networks of elite power in Scotland and how, principally through Charlotte Street Partners and its founder Andrew Wilson, the Growth Commission is being used to try to tie those interests to independence, something which is likely to be a “doomed project”
I ONCE snuck into a Charlotte Street Partners (CSP) after-party at an SNP conference in Aberdeen.