The Interactive Referendum, by Jenni Ajderian

The Interactive Referendum. SPS. Photo by Darya Gnidash. Photos by Darya Gnidash

The debate over Scottish independence is by no means new and by no means simple, and now finally it is making its way into national press and encroaching on national consciousness more and more. But just being in someone’s consciousness doesn’t mean they’ve actually made a decision yet. In a show of ‘deliberative democracy’, chair Alan Convery invited us to live-tweet, argue points and vote twice during the debate – once before, once after each speaker had said their piece. The 50% ‘unsure’ vote was a tricky one to swing.

Holding the floor with a certain amount of grounded sarcasm was ‘Better Together’ Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser and pro-independence SNP MSP Marco Biagi, along with a host of particularly well-prepared audience members.

For the rest of us, it was a bit of a shock to see the debate thrown open to questions from the get-go, with…

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Immigration Policy After the Referendum: COSLA Conference

Politics, Knowledge & Migration

COSLA hosted a really interesting conference today on immigration policy in Scotland after the referendum. The discussion – which included Scottish Government Minister Humza Yousaf – explored Scottish Government aspirations to develop a more liberal immigration policy. Here are the slides from my presentation: COSLA presentation.

It was also covered in an article in this morning’s Herald – see also twitter debate under #migconf2014.

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University investments and economic growth

Tim Hayward

In the second of my reflections on the University of Edinburgh’s investment policy consultation, I raise some critical questions about why a university should affirm, as ours does, a commitment to promoting economic growth.  I suggest that there could be aspects of irresponsibility at a macro level in the global economy that are bound up with the growth imperative; and if so, I ask, should a responsible microeconomic actor not do what’s possible to challenge rather than affirm them?  Read the blog.  (Or look at the longer paper that the blog was abridged from.)

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