Tag Archive for Devolution

Neighbourhood Watch, ASEAN Style

Lord McConnell

      The people of South East Asia are among the most friendly, tolerant and hard working people in the world. Yet, this region has been plagued with conflicts for decades. Exploited by European powers, occupied by Japan, carpet-bombed by the USA and led by hideous dictators, most of the region has suffered too much…

Ten Reasons: No Thanks

Lord McConnell

Today we decide. It is a momentous day, and whatever we think of the campaigns, or the importance of the question, we will choose Scotland’s constitutional future in these next few hours.   Inspired by a good friend who wrote quite a good list of his 10 top reasons for voting Yes, I thought the…

Referendum in Scotland

Baroness Quin

Living in Northumberland not far from Scotland I am more and more concerned about the consequences of an independent Scotland and know too that fears and concerns are shared by many people on both sides of the border. The big worries have already featured in the debates.  Will there be a different currency North of…

Home Rule INSIDE the UK: a fight worth winning

Lord McConnell

Last Tuesday was the 15th Anniversary of that amazing day when the first democratic Scottish Parliament was officially opened in 1999. It was a day I’ll never forget, so it seemed like the perfect moment to set out my views on the independence referendum that takes place here in September. I was joined by former…

A better United Kingdom?

Lord Tyler

Yesterday’s debate on the constitutional implications of the Scottish independence referendum naturally highlighted the profound and shocking potential impacts of a ‘Yes’ vote on 18 September.  However, there was a consistent theme – growing in intensity as the evening wore on – that there were important implications for the whole of the UK, whatever the…