Briefing for Stage 1 debate: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

We have prepared a briefing for MSPs ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill which will take place on Tuesday 15 December. Our briefing focuses on two areas: the exclusion of sex…

Losing sight of women’s rights (again): A response to Cowan et al.

In August 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Scottish Affairs published our article ‘Losing Sight of Women’s Rights: the unregulated introduction of gender self-identification as a case study of policy capture in Scotland’, which considered how gender self-identification principles have become embedded…

Back under the radar? A review of plans for the census

This blog looks at recent developments on the framing of the sex question in the next census. TimingThe UK census is undertaken by three separate census authorities: National Records of Scotland (NRS); the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which covers…

Submission on the operation of the Lobbying Act 2016

The Scottish Parliament's Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee is currently undertaking post-legislative scrutiny on the operation of the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016. Our submission can be found here: MBM submission on Lobbying Act August 2020-converted.

Statement about Edinburgh University Press and our Scottish Affairs article

This time last year, our article 'Losing sight of women's rights: the unregulated introduction of gender self-identification as a case study of policy capture in Scotland' was published in the journal Scottish Affairs. A couple of months prior to publication,…

MBM submission on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

We have submitted evidence to the Stage 1 inquiry of the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. Summary of key arguments: The argument is not convincingly made by the Bracadale Review…