Convener's Blog 18 September 2020

It is nearly two weeks since the Citizens’ Assembly reconvened online. We were breaking new ground and I am heartened that almost every member came with us as we did so. 

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Convener's Blog - 5 September 2020

It feels so much longer than a year since Scotland’s first Citizens’ Assembly met in Edinburgh, back in September 2019. The world has certainly changed for us all, in many ways, since then. I think it is important for the Assembly to reflect on these changes and challenges, and through the use of technology finish it’s important work. 

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Convener's Blog - June 2020

A few weeks ago I had pause for thought as I reflected on what should have been the sixth and last weekend of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland. I don’t think any of us could have imagined, at the start of the year, the landscape we now find ourselves in.Read more


Convener's Blog - March 2020

The focus for Weekend 4 was to build on members’ discussions to date and consider in more detail Scotland’s finances and choices about tax in relation to the priority statement previously discussed; “the Scotland we are seeking Read more


February 2020 - Weekend 4

Excitement is building for the next meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly this weekend. A lot of work has gone into the design and preparation of evidence from our invited  speakers. We will be focussing on Scotland’s finances and choices about taxation, important areas which have come up a lot in members’ discussions to date, and which they have said they want to know more about.

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Convener's Blog -February

The Assembly is just at the halfway point now and we are making real progress. Our third meeting last month demonstrated this perfectly. The Assembly is well down the road of developing a shared vision of the kind of country we are seeking to build and in thinking about how we overcome the challenges that we face. It is a demanding process, and members are working extraordinarily hard but enjoying the experience.

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Convener's Blog - January

I wish our members and subscribers a Happy New Year, now that we are well into 2020 I am very much looking forward to getting things underway at the third meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly.

From the beginning I recognised that the Assembly is a really important democratic innovation and an opportunity to ‘do’ politics differently. It plays an important role by making recommendations about how we move forward in a constructive way, despite different views on Scotland’s constitutional future.

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Convener's Blog - December

The General Election turned out to be about as bruising as I feared it would be, showing as it did, worrying and ongoing divisions in our society. A recurring issue was trust in the political process and its main actors – that question came up at least as much as the policies and personalities on the ballot paper. 

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Conveners’ Blog – 5th November


David said that in his remarks over the weekend, and that’s still the feeling we have a week later! The enthusiasm in the room was palpable, as members met together for the first time and recognised the unique opportunity that being part of this Assembly presents. 

Before weekend one, we spoke about what we wanted to achieve by the end of the weekend. And we had a few things on our list. 

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Conveners’ Blog – 24th October 2019

Welcome to our latest blog post where we can tell you more about what we’ve been doing over the past few weeks. The preparations for the first Assembly meeting are well underway and we wanted to update you with some of the highlights in our progress. 


We have said all along that the Members are key to the Assembly and we’re excited that they have now been recruited. 

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