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Freeing up Scottish Labour

It will now have more autonomy—which is an important first step

By Jim Gallagher  

Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale ©Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

When Tony Blair’s Labour government created the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, it reconstructed the UK’s territorial constitution. But legislating for the formal elements of a constitution does not create a new polity. Many other things are needed, which governments cannot simply wish into being—a functioning media, policy-making capacity, and of course functioning political parties. It’s perhaps one of the ironies that Labour’s reforms decentralised one of the world’s…

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