Future of the Scottish press

By Professor Philip Schlesinger and Dr Alex Benchimol In the run-up to the independence referendum on 18 September, Scotland’s newspaper press is facing a double challenge. First, can print journalism adapt to the digital revolution, given a continuing decline in newspaper sales? Second, can the press perform its civic role in contributing to an increasingly…

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Immigration and trust in UK politics

By Prof. Lauren McLaren (Politics) Since the end of World War Two, the UK has grappled with the potentially conflicting aims of using cheap immigrant labour and maintaining social cohesion. Recent decades have witnessed persistent public concern about immigration, despite government attempts to assuage public opinion by trying to restrict new immigration and introducing citizenship…

‘Go Home’: Mapping the ongoing controversy of Home Office immigration campaigns

By Dr Emma Jackson, Journal Research Fellow (Urban Studies) On December 19th 2013, the Scottish Parliament debated the Home Office’s ‘Go Home’ poster campaign in the UK Border Agency’s Brand Street reporting centre. The posters at Brand Street reading ‘Is life here hard, why not go home?’ were part of a high profile Government pilot scheme launched…

Investment and fare increases cannot compensate for decades of neglect, say rail experts

Decades of neglect in the UK’s rail network cannot be instantly rectified by short term Government investments and price promises, transport experts have said. Ministers have recently announced billions of pounds will be ploughed into infrastructure projects across the country, including Crossrail and HS2, while Chancellor George Osborne also stated that rail ticket prices will…

John Swinney lecture – full text

Scotland’s Future: Economic Policy Choices in an independent Scotland On Tuesday 10th December the cabinet secretary for finance and sustainable growth, John Swinney MSP, gave Policy Scotland’s first Annual Lecture find the full-text of his lecture here. A podcast of the lecture will follow shortly. Introduction It is a pleasure to speak this evening at…

John Swinney – Independence can meet economic challenges

Scotland’s economy will benefit from independence over the uncertainty that would face the country within the UK, Finance Secretary John Swinney told a large audience at the inaugural annual Policy Scotland lecture on 10th December 2013. Speaking at Glasgow University Mr Swinney said that Scotland’s economic performance has improved significantly since 1999 with Scotland reaching similar…