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Constitutionally Sound

Constitutionally Sound

By Constitutionally Sound
Trying to keep up with the ever-changing debate over constitutional change? You’re not alone. Constitutionally Sound is here to bring you analysis of some of the major constitutional issues affecting politics today. Join our host, Allan Little, as he engages our impartial experts in discussions of Brexit, Scottish independence, devolution, and much more. Find out what’s going on, and what to expect next, in the world of constitutional politics.
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Northern Ireland: Conflict and Complexity
In this episode of Constitutionally Sound, our host Allan Little, is joined by Katy Hayward, Professor of Political Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast and Jonathan Powell was a British diplomat from 1979 to 1996 and from 1997 to 2007 was Chief of Staff to Tony Blair and the chief British government negotiator on Northern Ireland during that time in office. Mixed and Mastered by After 12 Media
June 14, 2021
2021 Election Special
In this special edition of the Constitutionally Sound podcast, Professor Ailsa Henderson of the University of Edinburgh and Professor Richard Wyn Jones of Cardiff University join host Allan Little to discuss the election results in Scotland and Wales. Mixed and Mastered by After 12 Media.
June 1, 2021
Scottish Independence, Then and Now
In 2014, Scotland voted 55% to 45% that Scotland should not be an independent country, and many thought that settled the matter for a generation. But much has changed in the years since, most notably Brexit and Covid-19. In 2021, how much does what was argued in 2014 remain the same? And what questions remain after the UK leaving the EU? In this episode of Constitutionally Sound, our host Allan Little, is joined by Professor of Territorial Politics at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Director at the Centre on Constitutional Change, Nicola McEwen, and Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, Ciaran Martin. Listen as they reflect on the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 and how things look now in 2021. Mixed and mastered by After 12 Media.
March 31, 2021
Labour and the Union
Politics in Scotland since the independence referendum has been marked by the dramatic decline of a once dominant Labour Party. In Wales, Labour remains the largest party, leading government throughout the period of devolved government. In this episode of Constitutionally Sound, our host Allan Little is joined by the Centre on Constitutional Change’s Deputy Director, Coree Brown Swan, and former First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones MS. Listen as they compare the approaches of Scottish and Welsh Labour within the constitutional debate, assess Labour’s plans for the Union, and discuss how Brexit and the pandemic have changed the constitutional debate in the UK.  Mixed and mastered by After 12 Media.
February 15, 2021
Brexit Deal or No Deal
The transition period for negotiating a future relationship between the UK and the EU will end on 31 December- what will be the consequences if a deal cannot be reached in the next few weeks? In this episode of Constitutionally Sound, our host, Allan Little gets the view from both sides of the talks from Professor Michael Keating (University of Aberdeen) and Elvire Fabry (Jacques Delors Institute). Our guests discuss where we are with the Brexit talks, what kind of relationship might emerge on 1 January, and constitutionally, what the UK’s changed place in the world might mean for governance in the UK. Mixed and mastered by After 12 Media.
December 16, 2020
Governing England
The pandemic has not only exposed tensions between Westminster and the devolved nations of the United Kingdom, it has shone an unforgiving light on the way England is governed. It raises the question – is the UK state over centralised and unresponsive to regional variations and public need? Has the pandemic made the case for devolution in England? Where is governance in England headed? In this episode of Constitutionally Sound, our host Allan Little delves into these questions with Professor Michael Kenny (University of Cambridge) Mixed and Mastered by After 12 Media.
December 12, 2020
Brexit: What Does It Mean For Devolution?
In this first episode of Constitutionally Sound, our host Allan Little is joined by Philip Rycroft, former Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the European Union and Head of the UK Governance Group, and Professor Nicola McEwen, Co-Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change. They will discuss the impact of Brexit on devolution and the Union. Will Brexit bring more powers to the devolved institutions? How has Brexit affected the relations between Westminster and the devolved administrations? Does the UK Government’s approach to the UK internal market amount to a ‘power grab’? Has the Brexit process put the Union under strain?
November 18, 2020