Posted tagged ‘Scotland’

Part 3: The Seemingly Absurd On Citizenship!

December 13, 2013

It’s Friday, it’s almost the weekend and I have decided that there is much else to do than type about Scottish independence until next week. However, before I embark on some of the weekends festivities I decided to post this small part up before it slips my mind. I hadn’t originally considered it as an issue, and I hadn’t really thought about putting it in; but upon reflection (and after sitting in traffic on Balshagray Avenue for an age) I decided otherwise. It is a short but important issue to reflect.

I will call this citizenship, even although I may be using the wrong term. I suppose if I were to be totally correct on terminology we are not citizens of Great Britain, but rather subjects. However, we can probably leave that part at the door.

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Part 2: The Constitutional and International Implications of a ‘Yes’ Vote for the United Kingdom,and an Independent Scotland

December 12, 2013

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Fast forwarding just over the 300 years mark, and we approach the modern day. Scotland, as a Devolved nation within the United Kingdom, is still only recognised internationally as part of the United Kingdom framework. We have our own International sporting teams, but that aside, we are askew in the entangled constitutional workings of one larger, United Parliament.

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Part 1: Why Scotland doesn’t actually exist, and hasn’t since 1707.

December 12, 2013

 

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I have sat and thought about how to start this road to independence discussion at length; however I have kept coming to the same problems. (more…)

Scottish Independence: An introduction

December 11, 2013

I have been toying with the idea of a blog like this for a while now, and upon some reflection I have decided to put it out there.

This will be the first in a series of posts discussing the ins and outs of Scottish independence. It won’t be focusing on every subject but will take a more legal route towards the big issues where possible.

The reasons for this are simple: I am sick and tired of reading propaganda in the media.

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Whole Life Sentence

July 15, 2013

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Moving on from LNS and the curious case of Oscar Pistorius

March 3, 2013

News of LNS decision not to strip Rangers of titles has been met with some major, though not unsurprising disdain among many football supporters. When I first turned on the radio on Thursday afternoon to hear the news I was not at all surprised with the learned Lords judgement. Simply put, LNS arrived at the correct conclusion.

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Medical treatment – Can Our Children Say No?

February 12, 2013

I wrote this piece recently after reading a few articles in newspapers etc. I have a slight interest in Medical Law – although granted in relation to negligence as opposed to ethics. So here goes…..

Medical treatment; our rights and choices towards it and the laws governing such has often been viewed as a complex subject, mainly due to the ever changing nature of medical advancement; in contrast with the slow change of legal statute. There are four main principles in medical ethics: Autonomy, Beneficence[1], Non- Maleficence[2] and Justice.   However, one particular principle that those studying the law towards medical ethics have always found difficult to fully answer is in respect to the autonomy of a child in relation to their ability to consent to, or refuse medical treatment.

The law has long accepted that from the age of 18[3], most adults have the right to accept or to refuse medical treatment on the basis that they are fully competent.[4] The question that arises is: do children also have a legally recognised right to consent or withhold consent to medical treatment? The answer to such could be termed as subjective, depending on the nature of the child as an individual. However the law does have measures in place with respect to this controversial matter.

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