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Where is reason?

WHERE does reason lie in the pantheon of human facilities? Some place it at the pinnacle, the defining ability. But since the supposed victory of reason over superstition during the Enlightenment the idea of reason itself has come under attack. 533 more words

Salisbury Compass

Reform and democratic innovation at the Scottish Parliament #demopart

The Commission on Parliamentary Reform presented its report to the Scottish Parliament on 20th June 2017. The report is available HERE. Since November 2016 the Commission has met with and considered the views of over twelve hundred people from across Scotland including MSPs and former MSPs, academics, the third sector and members of the public. 23 more words


The Manifesto Problem

An excellent piece from Helen de Cruz, an academic at Oxford Brookes University, has been doing the rounds. The article explores the reasons why so many pro-EU voters ended up choosing Labour, despite the party’s evident “hard Brexit” stance. 603 more words


Salisbury Compass agm

Agenda for Salisbury Compass agm tomorrow, Saturday 10 June, 11am at The Yard café in Dews Road, Salisbury SP2 7SN. (Please note change of venue and that the entrance to the café is actually just around the corner in West Street) 76 more words

Salisbury Compass

Consensus & Reason towards Legitimacy

Consensus remains a vital enterprise in the democratic system as it is essential in formulating policies, making collective decisions, effecting political processes, and defining political outcomes. 1,523 more words

New Media

The general election

I thought this blog from the UK Constitutional Law Association might be of interest.

And this one in The Guardian regarding a progressive alliance.


Build the Democracy Machine

From the distinguished Dr. John Gastil of Penn State: an argument—and a model—for a digital network that effectively connects and advances democratic deliberation and action: the… 224 more words