Analysis: Referendums Bill passes its first stage - what does this mean for independence?
CommonSpace considers the prospects for a 2020 referendum in light of the passage of the Referendums Bill at stage one
THURSDAY (7 November) saw the Scottish Parliament pass the first stage of the Referendums Bill, which was first announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP’s spring conference.
With the announcement closely following Sturgeon’s April pledge to push for an independence referendum before the 2021 Holyrood election, this was seen by some SNP supporters as a meaningful step towards a goal which appeared to have been put on hold.
Beyond the Noise: #GE2019 at the turning point of British history
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to the heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.
IN this week’s podcast, Jamieson speaks to activist and commentator Jonathon Shafi about the opening days of an historic general election.
00:42 – How well have the three major parties – Labour, Tory and SNP – faired in the first few days of the election campaign?
Robin McAlpine: This is what an independence election sounds like
CommonSpace director Robin McAlpine looks ahead to the General Election and what it could – and should – mean for the Scottish independence movement
SO THIS is to be a General Election where independence is put at the heart of the campaign. Great. But what exactly would that sound like?
Analysis: With a general election looming, everything is at stake
Signs point to a general election before the end of the year
IF the media buzz is right, a general election is likely before the end of the year.
This could prove the most consequential election in a generation. In the balance are both the independence movement, and the potential of a UK Government offering a pivot away from the economic and social policy orthodoxy which has dominated the UK and the western world since the 1980s.
WATCH: CommonSpace Show - Social Care Special
For the latest edition of the CommonSpace Show, David Jamieson and Rhiannon Davies were joined by disability rights campaigner, Colette Walker
They begin by discussing some of the big stories in the news this week – the possibility of a December general election, and the latest expenses scandal to rock Glasgow City Council. In the second part of the show, they discuss the case of the Cherry family in East Renfrewshire who have found that the care support their daughter needs has been replaced by an automated ‘telecare’ system.