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We should beware removing the ancient corroboration rule We should beware removing the ancient corroboration rule Penn State

The courts must not become social engineers to secure more rape convictions

The recent decision by the Scottish Parliament to scrap the need for corroboration in criminal trials is designed to solve a longstanding problem: there is a low rate of convictions in rape cases and…
Hands up if you want to end the union. Hands up if you want to end the union. Andrew Milligan/PA

One year to go: Scottish vote that will shape Britain’s future

A year away from the Scottish referendum, we have opinion polls almost weekly, as the media tries to discern the rise and fall in the standings of the rival teams. Yet the most striking fact is the stability…
First Minister Alex Salmond could be the man who regained Scotland’s independence. First Minister Alex Salmond could be the man who regained Scotland’s independence. AAP

Scottish independence: the referendum explained

Scotland has always been a distinct nation but since the Act of Union in 1707, it has been a nation within a larger political entity: the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The election…
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond made a roaring success of minority government. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond made a roaring success of minority government. AAP

Scottish Enlightenment: How Julia Gillard could learn to make minority government work

In Anglo-American democracies at least, having a “minority government” is often regarded as an undesirable state of affairs. Canada may have had considerable experience of the phenomenon, New Zealand learnt…
First Minister Alex Salmond has promised to hold a referendum on Scottish independence. First Minister Alex Salmond has promised to hold a referendum on Scottish independence. AAP

How Scottish elections could deliver an Australian republic

Australian republicans should watch the Scots. In the Scottish Parliamentary election held on 5 May, the Scottish National Party (SNP) secured an overall majority. Formerly in minority government in Scotland…