Craig McAngus

Could a Corbyn leadership revive Scottish Labour?

Could a Corbyn victory win former Scottish Labour voters back from the SNP? Craig McAngus suggests that they may agree with him on many issues but the constitution would remain a sticking point. 

Suggestions that Jeremy Corbyn is ahead in the race for UK Labour’s leadership raise some interesting questions for Scotland, where the party was all but wiped out […]

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    Nicola Sturgeon uses her LSE speech to attempt to connect with the reformist left

Nicola Sturgeon uses her LSE speech to attempt to connect with the reformist left

On 16 March, Nicola Sturgeon gave a speech at the LSE in which she argued for institutional reforms that could ‘improve’ how the UK is governed. Craig McAngus reviews the speech, writing that the Scottish First Minister is trying to convince those on the reformist left that a sizeable and effective SNP presence in the House of Commons would be a positive development for […]

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    English Votes for English Laws is a constitutional issue which has become intensely political

English Votes for English Laws is a constitutional issue which has become intensely political

Hours after the Scottish independence referendum results were in, David Cameron announced that any further devolution to Scotland would be linked to a resolution of the ‘West Lothian question’, whereby Scottish MPs are able to vote for legislation in Westminster that affects England but not their own constituencies. William Hague was tasked with leading a consultation process on the issue of English […]

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    With the Smith Commission reporting and the SNP surging, the Scottish Labour party has reached a critical juncture

With the Smith Commission reporting and the SNP surging, the Scottish Labour party has reached a critical juncture

The Smith Commission report on further devolution to Scotland has just been published. Here, Craig McAngus writes about the difficult position the Scottish Labour party is in. It has to portray itself as truly Scottish, capture and understand the constitutional zeitgeist, and give the impression that it cares about Scottish concerns over maintaining the influence of its MPs in Westminster. 

In Aesop’s fable ‘The Man and the […]

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    The SNP are the likely winners from the Smith Commission process

The SNP are the likely winners from the Smith Commission process

The Smith Commission is accepting party proposals regarding what further devolution will look like for Scotland. Craig McAngus argues that the SNP will come out of the process as the likely winners. They will be able to point to their proposals as being the will of the Scottish people, while attacking the other parties (mainly Labour) for selling Scotland constitutionally short.

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    The Darling-Salmond TV debate is a poor example of Scottish democracy

The Darling-Salmond TV debate is a poor example of Scottish democracy

The much anticipated debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling occurred yesterday. Craig McAngus summarises the debate, writing that, though civic engagement is alive and well in Scotland thanks to the referendum debate which has stimulated discussion amongst Scots at the grassroots level about key existential questions, the ‘big debate’ was a very poor example of democracy in action. 

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    Better Together’s campaign creates a strategic dilemma for Scottish Labour

Better Together’s campaign creates a strategic dilemma for Scottish Labour

Polls in Scotland have until recently shown a consistent narrowing of the gap between Yes and No, causing worry in the cross-party Better Together campaign led by former Labour Chancellor, Alistair Darling. With a pro-independence campaign that is very active in working class areas of Scotland, the Labour party is now playing a stronger hand. But by committing some […]

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    The ‘Yes’ camp has its work cut out if it’s going to persuade Labour affiliates to vote for Scottish independence

The ‘Yes’ camp has its work cut out if it’s going to persuade Labour affiliates to vote for Scottish independence

As the vote on Scottish independence gets closer, the polls are steadily narrowing. The Yes camp believes that to win the referendum they need to persuade enough Labour affiliates to back an independent Scotland. Craig McAngus examines data on Labour affiliates’ attitudes with regards devolution of more powers and constitutional change in Scotland more widely. 

With less than 6 months to […]