This blog aims to help inform debate about devolution and the UK’s ‘territorial constitution’, drawing on my academic and professional knowledge. Much of the debate tends to be conducted in black-and-white terms (‘devolution’ versus ‘independence’ and so forth), when the reality is more complicated. This blog will try to illuminate current issues, and explain the constitutional, technical and administrative issues involved. It draws on my knowledge of those matters, which means it focuses chiefly on devolution to Scotland and Wales, and the implications of that for the UK as whole. I am less involved in issues relating to Northern Ireland or the governance of London, and so have less to say about those issues.
Work on this blog is a voluntary effort (and always has been). I’m not funded to write it by the ESRC, or any other body. This means I can’t devote as much time to it as might be desirable.
I try to link to primary sources whenever possible. When I can, I use ordinary web pages for that. When the source is only available as a PDF file I don’t usually include links direct to it, but to the page from which the PDF can be downloaded. (I get annoyed if I find myself downloading a big PDF document in which I have only a limited interest, and assume others do too.)
There is a note about copyright and authorship on the front page of this blog. Basically: it’s mine. Unless I say so, you have no right to use my material.
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