Mr Livingstone, I Presume?

By James A. Chisem

This week should have been plain sailing for the British Labour Party. Granted, nobody’s expecting Kezia Dugdale and company to halt the seemingly inexorable march of the SNP in the Scottish Parliamentary elections, nor does it look like there’ll be any sweeping gains in Local Council elections, but the Welsh cohort is on course to maintain its majority in the Senedd, and expectations are so low in general that anything bar a complete catastrophe at next week’s polls will likely be spun as a qualified success—a competent steadying of the ship, if you will. There’s even…

Interview: Social Science Talks Science Fiction

Matthew Campbell (MC) is a PhD student at Aberysywyth University’s Department of International Politics, where he researches Global Health Security. A well-rounded geek, Matthew is one half of the team that runs ‘Social Science Talks Science Fiction’, a podcast mixing politics with pop-culture. Atlantic Bulletin editor James Chisem (JC) interviewed him on 24th April. JC: ​First off, can […]

Nationalism and Unionism in Scotland (1945-1985)

By Peter Wilson

In 1913 a Liberal MP stood before the House of Commons and advocated a change in the political relationship between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. He was knowingly echoing another Liberal MP from nearly 20 years before, who had wished for Scottish Home Rule “while retaining intact the power and supremacy of the Imperial Parliament.”[1] In 1976 Malcolm Rifkind called for “a better deal for Scottish people within the United Kingdom.”[2] Nearly a century had passed, and the wish was for the same thing: a recognition of Scottish political autonomy within the existing framework of the United Kingdom. Yet between 1955 and 1985…