Andrew Tickell is a writer, legal academic and occasional broadcaster based in Glasgow, Scotland. Originally from rural mid-Argyll, he studied law at the universities of Edinburgh, Utrecht, Glasgow and Oxford. By day, he is a lecturer in law at Glasgow Caledonian University. He started writing seriously about politics in the lead-up to the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, and has been writing regular columns ever since, focusing mainly on politics and law in Scotland, the UK, Europe and beyond.

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comment Andrew Tickell: Keir Starmer's new 'savvy' politics is nothing but an ideological vacuum

ABOUT 10 years ago, I came across a lecture by the American writer Jay Rosen. Rosen has been writing for some time about what he characterises as the “savvy style” of American political journalism. You’ll probably recognise it from your own experience of reading about British politics – and the things which get the hacks of Fleet Street and the politicians they write about particularly animated.

COMMENT Andrew Tickell: Unionists are still struggling to accept ‘her’ mandate

A COUPLE of weeks ago, I noticed something strange in the Daily Mail. “What else is new?” I hear you cry – but bear with me. The “care home tycoon” Robert Kilgour had announced his intention to go to law to try to prevent Holyrood legislating for an independence referendum. It wasn’t the announcement – but the language he couched it in which caught me.

COMMENT Andrew Tickell: Bill of Rights is an attack on the devolution settlement

WHEN the Human Rights Act was introduced in the UK in 1998, it was about “bringing rights home”. The European Conv­ention on Human Rights was drafted in the aftermath of the Second World War. It concerns basic civil and political rights – from the right to life and to be free from torture and inhuman and degrading treatment – to the right to a fair trial, to privacy, liberty, free expression, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of assembly.

COMMENT Andrew Tickell: Four days of God, guns, and bad hats doesn’t do it for me

THE occasion had a strange kind of pathos to it. Last month, Prince Charles presided over the state opening of the Westminster parliament. His mum was otherwise detained and so the heir to the throne did the turn on her behalf, delivering the Queen’s speech perched beside the diamante bunnet representing his missing mammy’s authority. (The hat was solemnly chaperoned through central London in its own limousine, and we’re meant to believe this represents a modernised and scaled down approac

COMMENT The narcissism of a gaslighting PM who believes rules are for others

IT is difficult not to psychologise this UK Government. These are people who will insult other people’s patriotism and talk about “citizens of nowhere”, while touring the world collecting cash, monstering people on low earnings while coining it in themselves, and all the while imagining the bag of loot they’ve been able to carry off is simply the product of their own ingenuity and talents.

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