Tag Archives: Holyrood

RACCE Committee Stage 1 Report on the Land Reform Bill

First, an apology to any land reform fans out there. I have been a bit remiss in my blogging and this is my first chance to offer a select few words on the Stage 1 Report of the Rural Affairs, Climate … Continue reading

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If England gets English Votes for English Laws, can Scotland have 72 MPs again?

This is a short, speculative post, inspired by some recent conversation with an English constitutional lawyer. In this post, I make what is traditionally an unpopular argument. I am about to argue for MORE politicians. Please hear me out. The … Continue reading

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Powers old and new: or, land reform hits the headlines

This is a blog in two parts, on the powers of the Scottish Parliament as at: 1) 27 November 2014; and 2) some future date when (or if) the Smith Commission’s proposals are enacted. Powers Old The Scottish Government’s Programme for … Continue reading

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Salvesen v Riddell at the Supreme Court

Salvesen v Riddell is an important case, not just for those immediately involved with the dispute or indeed for those involved in Scottish agriculture more generally. I have blogged about it before. It relates to a not uncomplicated reform in … Continue reading

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Forthcoming event – Land Reform and Human Rights: What are the connections?

Are you going to be in Glasgow on 27 February? I will, in attendance at The Gathering at the SECC. What is The Gathering? I shall explain by drawing from The Gathering’s website. The Gathering is a place for passionate … Continue reading

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Resorting to Crime

On Thursday 17 January I attended a lecture of the new Regius Professor at the University of Glasgow, James Chalmers. His inaugural* lecture, the beginning of a programme of events for the Tercentenary of the Regius Chair, was entitled Resorting To Crime (PDF). Do have a … Continue reading

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Harming Scots Law

“Holyrood ‘has harmed’ Scots law”. That, at least, is what a BBC headline proclaimed in its report of comments by a well known, respected and livewire Scots legal commentator Alastair Bonnington. His initial comments in the Times (presumably available behind … Continue reading

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