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Is The UK Election Fit For Purpose

Is The UK Election Fit For Purpose

One of the most commonly repeated talking points of British politics is the outsized number of voters who didn’t vote for the winning party, leader, or legislation. In the UK, winning candidates don’t hinge on popularity only uniqueness. First Past The Post (FPTP) has been the way elections have been fought and won over the last 70 years. Simple, straightforward, and easy to understand FPTP stands out as being one of the single worst election methods currently in use worldwide….

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Yes, why?

Yes, why?

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson may have been the last person in the country to catch-on following last weeks general election. The former MP’s outgoing speech spoke of a ‘wave of nationalism sweeping both sides of the border.’ Swinson’s message of dangerous modern politics throughout the campaign seems to be either wilfully or accidentally blind to voting intent. Even Scottish Labour, a branch party which are somehow less politically tuned in than their parental counterpart, are showing signs of coming…

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Second Hand Mattress Salesman

Second Hand Mattress Salesman

The close of the election season brings with it, if nothing else, a joyous end to the constant barrage of door-to-door canvassing and shredder bursting election materials. Between Amazon deliveries and election materials, the front doors and postal service has seen more action in the early half of December than the rest of the year combined. Surprisingly, in an election season, just a single visitor was an outright scam artist looking for an easy mark. The insistent and near glass-shattering…

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Debatable

Debatable

Are general election debates a flagrant waste of time that don’t advance anyone’s views and serve only to boost a candidate’s visibility in the media? Yes. Also, an article inside.

Volunteering For Profit In Scotland’s Capital

Volunteering For Profit In Scotland’s Capital

Intensely rewarding, a way to give invaluable help to a worthwhile cause, and a way to build valuable skills and experience—volunteering is a fantastic pursuit that can bring you closer to worthwhile organisations and causes. A lot of great charities and groups benefit from assistance of dedicated helpers and volunteers to solve the day-to-day and advance their cause. The positive change which can be brought about bit-by-bit from volunteers is truly incredible. For some, this relationship breaks down where for-profit…

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And They’re Off!

And They’re Off!

One of the most voluntarily dysfunctional parliaments of all time will suspend itself on Wednesday, just weeks after it opened. Since the current Prime Minister took office, the house has briefly returned from summer recess, very briefly prorogued itself in a way which turned out to be illegal, and broke again for a semi-serious Queen’s speech shortly after. It’s a wonder Conservative government has had the time to lose as many votes as they have in the brief intervals in…

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If we keep only one verdict: it should be not proven

If we keep only one verdict: it should be not proven

Campaigners have recently called on the Scottish Government and justice secretary Humza Yousaf to scrap the ‘Not Proven’ verdict which is unique to Scots law. Critics claim the verdict allows guilty suspects to walk free from court where a more acceptable verdict may have been found. Government studies have shown the public has wildly inconsistent views on what the verdict means in law, and how it differs in practice from not guilty. The Justice Secretary has committed to reviewing multiple…

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Opt-Out Organ donation

Opt-Out Organ donation

Starting next year, changes to the law mean everyone in the country will appear on the organ donor register unless explicitly making the decision to opt-out. Labelled as a ‘soft opt-out’ option, legislation will assume patients wish to donate their organs after their death unless they have removed their name from the register. The plan hopes to increase the number of organs available for donation by expanding the number of patients from the current opt-in system. The changes will undoubtedly…

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The Simple Brexit Solution

The Simple Brexit Solution

Since triggering Article 50, Brexit has been touted as the unsolvable problem. In many minds, there’s no single solution that satisfies the problems of the Irish border, those bloody Scottish and Irish remoaners, and the desire to see the democratic result of the referendum carried out to its complete conclusion. But there is a simple, undiscussed solution that puts to bed all of the secondary consequences of Brexit while carrying out the result. Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson laid…

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