AMS – Neither Complex nor Broken

July 20, 2020 Ballot Box Scotland 0

I’m not entirely sure why, but there are two particular misconceptions about Holyrood’s voting system that pop up frequently amongst journalists. AMS isn’t “complex”, and the SNP didn’t break it in 2011 – and you don’t need to be a mathematical genius to understand either of these things.

Ballot Box Briefing #1 – Public Funding for Political Parties

March 19, 2020 Ballot Box Scotland 1

Political parties play a vital role in our democracy. Despite this essential status, parties face a very uneven playing field in terms of funding. An easy solution to this would be to provide a substantial portion of party funding from the public purse. The first of these Ballot Box Briefings takes a look at this thorny issue.