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The time is right for an audit of Scottish democracy

The time is right for an audit of Scottish democracy

Last year, we launched Democratic Audit – Scotland to provide meaningful, in depth, scrutiny of Scotland’s democratic record. The aim of the site is to provide a democratic audit, to examine the effectiveness of its political system, a democratic dashboard, to help members of the public make an informed choice when they participate in Scottish elections, and regular blog posts, to report on current developments in areas such as elections and representation, political parties, accountability, and human rights.

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As a democratic representative for young women, Mhairi Black is exactly what parliament needs

As a democratic representative for young women, Mhairi Black is exactly what parliament needs

On election night, 20-year old Mhairi Black made national headlines for defeating Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander in his Paisley constituency. She has since been the subject of much media attention owing largely to her youth. Her well-received maiden speech has received attention for being passionate and coherent, and as Benjamin Bowman argues here, saw the making of a new political star who can be a voice of consequence for young people in general and young women in particular.