Mark Simpson is a socio-legal researcher at the University of Ulster and a member of the Green Party in Northern Ireland.
One of the most interesting consequences of the Scottish independence referendum is likely to be revision of how the UK ensures the economic welfare of its most vulnerable citizens through its currently highly centralised social security system.Read more
A focus on food production and protecting biodiversity should not be at the expense of a third key function of the countryside, access to it by the people.Read more
The UK has been a leader among EU member states in the promotion of equality of opportunity, with far-reaching duties in place in some regions since 1998. In practice, the jury is still out on whether the equal opportunities legislation has a real impact on the protected groups or simply creates one more administrative hurdle for policymakers.Read more