The last 10 days or so have been rather hectic for anyone interested in constitutional politics, or Scotland, and particularly a referendum on Scottish independence. I thought it might be useful to bring together a collection of useful links regarding this debate.
The Advocate General for Scotland, Lord (Jim) Wallace of Tankerness (the UK Government’s law officer for Scotland) gave a speech at Glasgow University on Friday regarding questions of legal competence to hold a referendum. His speech highlights a number of legal problems already highlighted on this blog. The speech can be downloaded from here.
His earlier statement about the legal competence of a referendum, widely quoted in the press, can be found here. There’s news coverage of that from the Scotsman, with an interview, here, and from BBC News here.
Also on Friday, Iain Jamieson (formerly a Scottish Office and Scottish Executive lawyer, heavily involved in framing the Scotland Act 1998) had an article in the Scotsman on the legal problems a referendum would face. That’s available here.
A piece in Wednesday’s Telegraph by Sir Tom Hunter about the need for ‘pragmatism’ in the constitutional debate is here.
The coming week is due to see publication of the Scottish Government’s consultation paper regarding a referendum
, and I’ll add a link to that when it’s available. That can now (25 January) be downloaded from here.
For light relief, there’s a video explainer about independence issues from the Taiwanese TV company that specialises in animating complex world news stories. It features ‘Braveheart’ painted faces, men in kilts, caber-tossing, bottles of Buckfast, a calendar with Maggie Thatcher in a bikini, a guy in a Star Trek red shirt, a version of the USS Enterprise powered by cans of Irn-Bru, and a guy nutting a TV set saying ‘I’ll see you Jimmie’ (so no clichés there then). Curiously, Alex Salmond’s name turns into ‘Saruman’ when it’s transliterated into Mandarin. That can be found from Youtube here, and is highly recommended for a laugh.