House of Commons - Scottish Affairs Committee: The Referendum on Separation for Scotland, Session 2013-14 - HC 140-I

Vol. 3: Oral and Written Evidence

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Scottish Affairs Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215062482


Page: 321

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Incorporating HC 139-xv - HC 139-xx, session 2012-13 and follows on from HC 139-II, session 2012-13 (ISBN 9780215052551)

House of Commons - Scottish Affairs Committee: The Referendum on Separation for Scotland: The Need for Truth - HC 828

The Need for Truth, Second Report of Session 2013-14, Report, Together with Formal Minutes

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Scottish Affairs Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215064554

Category: Political Science

Page: 31

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In a report published ahead of the expected White Paper on Separation, the Scottish Affairs Committee says that the Scottish Government must meet high standards of accuracy and openness and avoid any risk of using public money to promote a party political agenda. Any document that is produced as a Government White Paper must meet the highest standards of accuracy and clarity, and must be totally honest about the risks, alternative possible scenarios and costs involved in Separation. The Committee is concerned that the Scottish Government has shown a propensity to mislead Scottish voters on the likely outcome of some of the negotiations that would be needed for the final Separation agreement - as well as the timescale on which this could be achieved. Many important questions - like EU membership or the currency - have to be negotiated with the UK Government and others, and the White Paper cannot simply claim that the SNP will get whatever they want. It must lay out all the alternative scenarios that might actually emerge from these negotiations - and their consequences. Particular uncertainties highlighted by the Committee include membership of the EU, currency, and benefits, public services, taxation and pensions.

The Office of Lord Chancellor

Author: Diana Woodhouse

Publisher: Hart Publishing

ISBN: 1841130214

Category: Law

Page: 223

View: 5916

he office of Lord Chancellor is one that has frequently been questioned. However, the extent and diversity of the question seldom attained the proportions reached in the final years of the twentieth century, when they drew attention to the deficiencies of the position of Lord Chancellor, the inherent tensions within that position and the incongruity of such a role in a modern democracy. This book examines these questions. It analyzes the development and current position of the Lord Chancellor as head of the judiciary, member of the Cabinet, judge and Speaker in the House of Lords and considers his role in relation to judicial appointments. It also looks at the LCD, the development of which acts as an indicator of the changes in the office of Lord Chancellor. It concludes by making proposals for reform, the most far-reaching of which is the abolition of the office.

Scottish Independence

A Practical Guide

Author: Jo Eric Murkens,Peter Jones,Michael Keating

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780748616992

Category: History

Page: 318

View: 3741

The first serious study of the likely road to independence, and the consequences, "Scottish Independence" starts with a detailed guide to the stages along the route to independence and goes on to analyze the legal, political and economic effects.

Referendums and Ethnic Conflict

Author: Matt Qvortrup

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 081220932X

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

View: 6168

Although referendums have been used for centuries to settle ethnonational conflicts, there has yet been no systematic study or generalized theory concerning their effectiveness. Referendums and Ethnic Conflict fills the gap with a comparative and empirical analysis of all the referendums held on ethnic and national issues from the French Revolution to the 2012 referendum on statehood for Puerto Rico. Drawing on political theory and descriptive case studies, Matt Qvortrup creates typologies of referendums that are held to endorse secession, redraw disputed borders, legitimize a policy of homogenization, or otherwise manage ethnic or national differences. He considers the circumstances that compel politicians to resort to direct democracy, such as regime change, and the conditions that might exacerbate a violent response. Qvortrup offers a clear-eyed assessment of the problems raised when conflict resolution is sought through referendum as well as the conditions that are likely to lead to peaceful outcomes. This original political framework will provide a vital resource in the ongoing investigation into how democracy and nationalism may be reconciled.

The Political Economy of the 2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy

An Imperfect Storm

Author: Johan Swinnen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783484843


Page: 596

View: 1521

This book is the first to document the reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and to analyse the political and economic factors which determined the outcome of the negotiations. The policy (non-)reform will affect the world's global food security and agricultural commodity markets and will cost the EU 3.5 trillion Euro over the next 7 years. Contributors include top political negotiators and leading EU experts and academic analysts.

How Corrupt Is Britain?

Author: David Whyte

Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)

ISBN: 9780745335308

Category: Political corruption

Page: 208

View: 6954

Banks accused of rate-fixing. Members of parliament cooking the books. Major defense contractors investigated over suspect arms deals. Police accused of being paid off by tabloids. The headlines are unrelenting these days. Perhaps it’s high time we ask: Just exactly how corrupt is Britain? David Whyte brings together a wide range of leading commentators and campaigners, offering a series of troubling answers. Unflinchingly facing the corruption in British public life, they show that it is no longer tenable to assume that corruption is something that happens elsewhere; corrupt practices are revealed across a wide range of venerated institutions, from local government to big business. These powerful, punchy essays aim to shine a light on the corruption fundamentally embedded in UK politics, police, and finance.

The Armed Forces Bill

special report of session 2010-11

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill,James Arbuthnot

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215556820

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 146

View: 4445

The Committee was tasked by the House of Commons to scrutinise the Bill (Bill 22, session 2010-11, ISBN 9780215557469) which makes various changes to existing Military law. The Committee has taken evidence from a range of witnesses and made several visits to military establishments around the UK. The Report notes the complex debate surrounding the Military Covenant, and outlines the Committee's findings on a range of matters, including the work of the Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces.

Inside the Brotherhood

Author: Hazem Kandil

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745682936

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 8763

This is the first in-depth study of the relationship between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its own members. Drawing on years of participant observation, extensive interviews, previously inaccessible organizational documents, and dozens of memoirs and writings, the book provides an intimate portrayal of the recruitment and socialization of Brothers, the evolution of their intricate social networks, and the construction of the peculiar ideology that shapes their everyday practices. Drawing on his original research, Kandil reinterprets the Brotherhood’s slow rise and rapid downfall from power in Egypt, and compares it to the Islamist subsidiaries it created and the varieties it inspired around the world. This timely book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the politics of the Middle East and to anyone who wants to understand the dramatic events unfolding in Egypt and elsewhere in the wake of the Arab uprisings.

Scotland Analysis

Devolution and the Implications of Scottish Independence

Author: Great Britain: Scotland Office

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780101855426

Category: Political Science

Page: 112

View: 6352

The UK Government is undertaking a major cross-government programme of analysis prior to the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014. The aim is to provide a comprehensive and detailed analysis of Scotland's place in the UK. This paper, the first of a series to be published in 2013 and 2014, examines the UK's constitutional set-up and the legal implications of independence. The UK Government is convinced that the current devolution offers the best for Scotland: the Scottish Parliament and Government are empowered to take decisions on a range of domestic policy areas - such as health, education, policing - while Scotland continues to benefit from decisions made for the UK as a whole - defence and security, foreign representation, economic affairs. Independence is very different to devolution. Based on independent expert opinion (published as Annex A), the paper concludes that if there were to be a vote in favour of leaving the UK, Scotland would become an entirely new state whilst the remainder of the UK would continue as before, retaining the rights and obligations of the UK as it currently stands. Any separation would have to be negotiated between both governments. Legal and practical implications of independence, both at home and abroad, are addressed. An independent Scotland would have to apply to and/or negotiate to become a member of whichever international organisations it wished to join, including the EU and NATO. Scotland would also have to work through its positions on thousands of international treaties to which the UK is currently party.

Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing

Author: Josh Ryan-Collins,Toby Lloyd,Laurie Macfarlane

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1786991217

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

View: 4013

Why are house prices in many advanced economies rising faster than incomes? Why isn’t land and location taught or seen as important in modern economics? What is the relationship between the financial system and land? In this accessible but provocative guide to the economics of land and housing, the authors reveal how many of the key challenges facing modern economies - including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities - are intimately tied to the land economy. Looking at the ways in which discussions of land have been routinely excluded from both housing policy and economic theory, the authors show that in order to tackle these increasingly pressing issues a major rethink by both politicians and economists is required.

Our Republican Constitution

Author: Adam Tomkins

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1847311199

Category: Law

Page: 168

View: 3100

This new book by Adam Tomkins sets out a radical vision of the British constitution. It argues that despite its outwardly monarchic form the constitution is profoundly informed, and indeed shaped, by values and practices of republicanism. The republican reading of the constitution presented in this book places political accountability at the core of the constitutional order. As such, Our Republican Constitution offers a powerful rejoinder to the current trend in legal scholarship that sees the common law and the courts, rather than Parliament, as the central players in holding government to account. The book further contends that while the constitution should be understood as having republican foundations, current constitutional practice is, in a number of respects, insufficiently republican in character. The book closes by outlining a programme of republican constitutional reform that is designed to secure genuinely responsible government. This is an original and provocative reinterpretation of the central themes of the British constitution, drawing on constitutional history (especially of the seventeenth century), political theory and public law.

Conquering the Highlands

A history of the afforestation of the Scottish uplands

Author: Jan Oosthoek

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 1922144797

Category: Nature

Page: 191

View: 2821

Deforestation of Scotland began millennia ago and by the early 20th century woodland cover was down to about 6 per cent of the total land area. A century later woodland cover had tripled. Most of the newly established forestry plantations were created on elevated land with wet peaty soils and high wind exposure, not exactly the condition in which forests naturally thrive. Jan Oosthoek tells in this book the story of how 20th century foresters devised ways to successfully reforest the poor Scottish uplands, land that was regarded as unplantable, to fulfil the mandate they had received from the Government and wider society to create a timber reserve. He raises the question whether the adopted forestry practice was the only viable means to create forests in the Scottish Highlands by examining debates within the forestry community about the appearance of the forests and their longterm ecological prospects. Finally, the book argues that the long held ecological convictions among foresters and pressure from environmentalists came together in the late 20th century to create more environmentally sensitive forestry.

The New Machiavelli

How to Wield Power in the Modern World

Author: Jonathan Powell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407092529

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

View: 8692

The New Machiavelli is a gripping account of life inside 'the bunker' of Number 10. In his twenty-first century reworking of Niccolo Machiavelli's influential masterpiece, The Prince, Jonathan Powell - Tony Blair's Chief of Staff from 1994 - 2007 - recounts the inside story of that period, drawing on his own unpublished diaries. Taking the lessons of Machiavelli derived from his experience as an official in fifteenth-century Florence, Powell shows how these lessons can still apply today. Illustrating each of Machiavelli's maxims with a description of events that occurred during Tony Blair's time as Prime Minister, The New Machiavelli is designed to be The Prince for modern times.

The Fiscal Crisis of the United Kingdom

Author: I. McLean

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230504256

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

View: 8626

The system for allocating public expenditure to the nations and regions of the UK has broken down. Money goes to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by the notorious Barnett formula, but this is collapsing and cannot last long. Money goes to the English regions by poorly-understood formulae that work badly. People in every region think that the system is unfair to them. The Fiscal Crisis of the United Kingdom suggests how the system could be fixed, drawing lessons from Australia and Canada. It recommends a Territorial Grants Commission.

How Parliament Works 6th edition

Author: Robert Rogers,Rhodri Walters

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317865782

Category: Political Science

Page: 504

View: 3198

Although Parliament is constantly in the news and televised daily, much of its work remains a mystery to outsiders and is sometimes perplexing even to its own members. This book provides a unique insight into the work and daily life of Parliament. It sets out plainly and intelligibly what goes on and why things happen, but it also analyses the pressures within the institution, its strengths and weaknesses, and ways in which it might change. Covering every aspect of the work, membership, and structures of both Houses, this book also reflects the profound changes that have taken place in Parliament over the years.

Should Britain Leave the EU?

An Economic Analysis of a Troubled Relationship, Second Edition

Author: Patrick Minford,Sakshi Gupta,Vo Phuong Mai Le,Vidya Mahambare,Yongdeng Xu

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1785360337


Page: 200

View: 5855

Placed in the context of the upcoming referendum, this second edition brings up to date a thorough review of all economic aspects of the UK's membership of the EU. It notes the intention of the EU to move to 'ever closer union' and the nature of the regulatory and general economic philosophy of its dominant members, whose position is enforced by qualified majority voting. The book highlights the UK’s dilemma that, while extending free markets to its local region is attractive, this European philosophy and closer union are substantially at odds with the UK's traditions of free markets and freedom under the common law. This comprehensive examination of the economic costs and benefits of membership uses state-of-the-art modeling methods and includes estimates of its net costs as a percentage of GDP. The book explains how the decision to leave would follow from a judgement on the political economy of the EU as compared with that of the UK. It details the misconceptions involved in much of the debate about trade with the EU, and argues that the key issue is not access to markets but rather the prices at which trade takes place. Covered in careful detail is the economics of the UK’s trade with the EU in the key sectors of agriculture, manufacturing, and services.

Governing for the Future

Designing Democratic Institutions for a Better Tomorrow

Author: Jonathan Boston

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1786350556

Category: Political Science

Page: 576

View: 4228

The book focuses on how to enhance the political incentives on democratically-elected governments to protect the interests of future generations.