Scotland: We need to talk
Scotland's constitutional future: an influential Scottish voice
Scotland's (and UK's) future - more consultation
In the post, Scotland: We need to talk , I ventured to look at alternatives to full Scottish independence:
"... (a) devolution could be brought to an end; or (b) devolution could simply remain as it is or (c) continue with devolution but with fewer restrictions on the Scottish Parliament's legislative powers. Either of (a) or (b) would, no doubt, be instantly ruled out as politically unacceptable and hardly merit further discussion. Option (c) is essentially what is sometimes being referred to as "Devolution-Max" and might be a possibility. A further alternative is that the separate nature of Scotland could be recognised by the United Kingdom becoming a FEDERATION. I am of the view that this is not only possible but would offer a pragmatic way forward. There are a number of notable federations - especially the USA; Mexico and Switzerland (the Confederation of Switzerland). Within the British Commonwealth there are Canada (since 1867) and Australia (since 1901). Belgium is instructive since, over the period 1970-93, it moved to federal system. May I venture to suggest that a Federation with Scotland is not only a natural development from devolution but is also sensible."
Undoubtedly for political reasons, the federal option does not appear to be a serious contender at the moment but is so-called "devo-max" a million miles away from a federal solution?
A new website has been set up Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum
See also Constitutional Law Group - News: Scotland's Constitutional Futures Forum launched
Lallands Peat Worrier cogitates on the cases from Scotland which are to be heard in the Supreme Court of the UK this autumn - Baccymongers, bankers and The Supremes. This is a blog with a very distinctive style and always well worth reading if you have even the slightest interest in things north of the border ! The Supreme Court has two justices from Scotland - Lord Hope (Deputy President) and Lord Reed - see Biographies. They are in for a busy time! (Note: Lord Reed sat in the Court of Session on one of the cases being appealed (Imperial Tobacco v Lord Advocate) and so he will not be sitting on the appeal in the Supreme Court).
Article in The Independent 4th October - Scotland might be hostage to Alex Salmond's vanity, but its best hope is to remain part of Britain