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Dr. Alistair Clark looks at the the spin and recriminations about the results of the Scottish local elections,and how one story has barely been touched upon. Despite all the pessimism about participation, turnout for the council contest was up significantly to 46.9% from 39.6% in 2012.
In the upcoming but overlooked local elections the issue of women's representation has once again been sidelined. Dr Meryl Kenny and Prof Fiona Mackay argue that this matter is too important to be left to parties and that it is time for legislation.
The challenges presented by an international border on the island of Ireland has been highlighted as a key challenge in Brexit negotiations but, says Prof Janice Morphett, a solution may already exist in the shape of European Groupings for Territorial Cooperation (EGTCs).