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The UK needs a devolved government for London

London is the UK’s undiscovered country and it is time we recognised it as the UK’s fifth constituent part by granting it the devolved political powers it deserves, says  1,897 more words


Clauses 1 and 2 of the Scotland Bill: Government Response to House of Lords Constitution Committee

I have written in previous posts about the Scotland Bill and, in particular, the possible constitutional implications—including for the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty—of clauses 1 and 2 of the Bill, which respectively concern the ‘permanence’ of the Scottish Parliament and Government and the Sewel Convention. 450 more words

Constitutional Law

Hung parliament will make it difficult to push forward the political reform Spain needs

Spain’s general election on 20 December resulted in a hung parliament and great uncertainty about the identity of the next government. Alberto López-Basaguren discusses the election result, arguing that it has been arrived at because of the deterioration of the democratic system and the failure to solve the crisis surrounding the system of devolution. 1,535 more words


Do you believe in Father Xmas?

This is the first Xmas since 2011 that I have not written a piece for what became quite a popular Placemaking Resources blog, posted roughly fortnightly from 2011-2015. 1,024 more words


Social union in a new era of devolution

On 7 December Angus Robertson MP, the leader of the Scottish National Party group at Westminster, came to The Constitution Unit to set out his vision of social union between the nations of the UK. 925 more words


Learning to love the Europa League (and its metaphor for England's cities)

As a lifelong Spurs fan, two of my signature memories are our UEFA Cup Final victories over Wolves and Anderlecht in the 1970s and 1980s. I retain an affection for that competition’s successor –  the Europa League. 1,019 more words

Core Cities

The 'permanence' of the Scottish Parliament and the Sewel Convention: The House of Lords Constitution Committee's Report on the Scotland Bill

The House of Lords Constitution Committee has issued its report on the Scotland Bill. I have written before on this blog about the Draft Clauses of the Scotland Bill that were published earlier this year, drawing particular attention to Draft Clauses 1 and 2 concerning the ‘permanence’ of the Scottish Parliament and the recognition in statute of the Sewel Convention. 1,101 more words

Constitutional Law