Goodbye Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson ended his nine years in Parliament with the passing of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, which he described as “the single most important bill” to be passed during his parliamentary career. To enhance the linguistic landscape of the debate, he brought to it a broader perspective, with a dash of poetic verve, by quoting Psalm 24:1, which says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”.

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Goodbye Jamie McGrigor

“So, farewell Scottish Parliament and godspeed.”

Thus ended the parliamentary career of Jamie McGrigor, who has been one of the Scottish Parliament’s more colourful characters since its inception in May 1999. It was fitting that his final speech was on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, given his long-standing interest in and wealth of experience of rural and agricultural matters.

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Goodbye, Session 4!

Well, we’ve been rather quiet on here recently. With all the virtual tumbleweed, you might be forgiven for thinking we just swan off on holiday for the whole dissolution. Although we all make sure we take a well-deserved break—there were some exceptionally long days of meetings towards the end of session 4—that couldn’t be further from the truth. Read on to find out what we’ve been doing and check back to see our mini-series reflecting on on the parliamentary speaking careers of some MSPs who have stood down and won’t be returning on 6 May.

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When is an SSI not an SSI?

When the negative procedure should have been affirmative.

There’s been a lovely little knot of parliamentary process under discussion recently. It popped up again on Thursday at the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s meeting. Perhaps it’s more one for the boffins.

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The notorious Dr Crippen: reforming forfeiture

Sometimes a bill passes through Parliament which is quite technical. The Succession (Scotland) Bill, passed today, was one such bill. Designed to make the law on succession fairer, clearer and more consistent it was the first significant amendment to the law of succession in more than 50 years. I was interested to note its impact on legislation over four hundred years old, with a gruesome murder thrown in:

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