The Scottish Electorate: The 1997 General Election and by Alice Brown, David McCrone, Paula Surridge

By Alice Brown, David McCrone, Paula Surridge

The e-book attracts on unique educational learn to debate the result of the 1997 basic election in Scotland and the most probably destiny form of Scotland's politics. It bargains the main rigorous and updated evaluate of Scottish electoral politics that's on hand, atmosphere the 1997 Scottish lead to a comparative context with the remainder of Britain, and in a context of adjusting political attitudes and behavior because the Nineteen Seventies. The 1997 basic Election ranks along 1945 and 1979 as a turning aspect within the post-war uk. the overpowering endorsement of a Scottish Parliament within the September 1997 referendum can have dramatic implications for Scottish and British politics. This booklet complements knowing of those advancements and analyzes the connection among nationwide identification and the coverage time table as Scotland strikes in the direction of a brand new constitutional future.

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Again Tony Blair hit the headlines in an interview with a journalist from The Scotsman newspaper when he remarked that, even with the establishment of a Scottish Parliament, 'sovereignty rests 36 The Scottish Electorate with me as an English MP and that's the way it will stay'. Responding to questions on the Scottish Parliament's ability to raise tax, the Labour leader was accused of comparing a Parliament in Scotland to a 'parish council' in England, even though he was trying to make the perfectly reasonable point that even the smallest English parish council had the right to levy taxes so why should such a power be denied to the Scottish Parliament.

Will the political institution assume primacy in speaking for Scotland? Or will Scottish civil society, which has played a prominent role in creating and shaping that Parliament, assume that it and 'the people' are paramount? There is a sufficient history in Scotland of tensions over where sovereignty resides - in the 'Crown', the Parliament, or the people - to make this a live and ongoing debate. It also touches on the key question of the purposes of that Parliament. To put it another way: it is not simply what the Parliament will do and what its functions are, but what it is for - that is, what it will achieve in and for the wider society.

They reacted immediately to Labour's victory by putting into place an umbrella organisation, Partnership for a Parliament, which in turn made plans to launch the referendum campaign under the organisation Scotland Forward. In anticipation of the election result, funding for the campaign had been raised mainly from the trade unions and largely at the instigation of a pro-home rule businessman, Nigel Smith, a longterm supporter of constitutional change. The campaign was formally launched on 15 May 1997, the same day as the government introduced its Referendum Bill to the House of Commons.

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