In the wake of the Referendum on Scottish Independence, the Prime Minister announced that he would be reforming the operation of the House of Commons in order to disqualify Scottish Members of Parliament from voting on legislation deemed to be ‘English only’. On July 2nd, the Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling announced what form this reform […]
The Commission on Local Tax Reform was set up by the Scottish government in February 2015 to consider reform of local government taxation. In this article, submitted as written evidence to the Commission, Iain McLean makes the case for a land value tax (LVT).
Thank you for issuing this call for written evidence. I structure my response around the options […]
Iain McLean comments on a report by Patrick Dunleavy that claims that, in the event of a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum, there would be immediate set-up costs of only £200 million in stark contrast to the UK government’s own estimate of £2.7 billion. Iain argues that the number is likely to be in the area of £1.5 to £2 billion […]
In the forty-six years since male homosexual conduct was decriminalised, the preferences of the public and the legislature have shifted dramatically
In 2014 the first same-sex marriages will take place in the UK. There has been little protest since the new law passed and there is unlikely to be major opposition to the first ceremonies. Scot Peterson and Iain McLean examine the evolution of the debate and find that the shift in attitudes of both parliamentary and public opinion has been […]
The Salisbury convention that avoided complete Lords reforms for the last century is dead, but achieving any mandate for change that peers must accept remains very difficult
The government’s proposals to reform the House of Lords are only the latest in a long line of initiatives. Iain McLean takes an in-depth history of movements to reform the House of Lords, and finds that while over much of the 20th century, political parties fought over reform, 2010 was the first time that an elected upper house was in […]