“If policy is to be based on evidence, then the evidence has to be as independent of ideological points of view as is possible. MBM Scottish policy analysis has an admirable record of trying to achieve that.”

– Lindsay Paterson, Professor of Education Policy, University of Edinburgh
9 September 2019


“This is such important work. Rigorous, detailed, evidence-based analysis is desperately needed as an antidote to toxic shouting-down and vacuous sloganeering on Twitter. The hardline shouters-down will shut their ears, of course, but many other people (including those in public office) will find it increasingly hard to ignore the reality that this project will reveal.”

– Francis Wheen, Journalist, writer and broadcaster
9 September 2019


“Writing in the journal Scottish Affairs, Dr Kath Murray and Lucy Hunter Blackburn of Edinburgh University show that Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP government has, without serious debate or scrutiny, adopted a policy whereby people who declare themselves women while retaining the male genitals they were born with are able to enter spaces that were previously reserved for women in prisons, hospitals and, shockingly, rape crisis centres and refuges. This could undermine protections set out in the 2010 Equality Act.”

– Trevor Phillips, Writer, broadcaster and former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
30 August 2019

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