Hamish Macdonell

Sturgeon takes another tiny step towards Scottish independence

6 September 2016 16:21

It has become one of those journalistic clichés to talk about ‘firing the starting gun’ in politics. There has been some debate…

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Brexit has made a second independence referendum more likely

24 June 2016 5:48

Just look at the map on the BBC website, there are eerie comparisons with the 2015 general election – Scotland has…

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At long last, the Scottish Conservatives are back

6 May 2016 8:38

The Tory achievement in Scotland was delightfully encapsulated in one sharp moment during the BBC’s overnight coverage. Jackson Carlaw, the Scottish Tory…

The SNP Launch Their Election Manifesto

The SNP manifesto reveals a new approach to Scottish nationalism

20 April 2016 14:00

Do you want to know what it looks like when one party has become the most dominant force in its…

Children’s rugby can be saved by tackling the tackle

3 March 2016 14:16

My son is only 12 yet he has already suffered a fractured skull and a concussion from playing rugby. After…

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What a change – Cameron can actually look forward to his visit to Scotland

1 March 2016 10:55

With the exception of Gordon Brown – and he was always so dour it was impossible to tell what he…

Nicola Sturgeon Opens Scotland's First Safe Deposit Box Service

Who won in the fiscal framework battle?

23 February 2016 18:06

It wasn’t quite David Cameron and his down-to-the-wire talks with the EU leaders, but it’s as close as we get in…

Scotland Prepares For Independence Vote

Scottish Labour attacks SNP from left with tax rise plans

2 February 2016 14:29

Those of you who live in the rest of the UK will have no idea what a relief it is for…

Kezia Dugdale is the leader of Scottish Labour

Kezia Dugdale appeals to the Left with personal speech about her past

20 August 2015 10:30

Jeremy Corbyn really has made socialism trendy – at least in Scotland. We can take that from the speech that Kezia…

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Ed Miliband is being pushed to the left by the SNP

11 February 2015 17:54

At last, the picture is becoming clearer. We now have a better idea of what the SNP will demand in…

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with David Cameron in her office at the Scottish Parliament (Photo: Andrew Milligan/Getty)

UK and Scottish governments already at each other’s throats over extra devolution

22 January 2015 15:25

It didn’t take long. In fact, the tweet from Nicola Sturgeon appeared soon after Alistair Carmichael had started speaking this…

Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for the Crown Estate — my response to the Scottish government

10 December 2014 15:43

My article about Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for the Crown Estate caused some excitement within her administration. All untrue, they say.…

Nicola Sturgeon talks to carers during a meeting in Renfrew, Scotland. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon shows how she means to go on by picking a fight with the Queen

7 December 2014 22:42

Downing Street, we are told, wants to ‘re-set’ the relationship between Westminster and Holyrood after the referendum. UK ministers apparently want an…

Yes, we're pulling our hair out too. Johann Lamont, who quit today as Scottish Labour leader - their 6th in 15 years. Photo: Getty Images.

Labour invented Scottish devolution. Why can’t it devolve?

25 October 2014 18:33

One of the greatest ironies of these past 15 years of Scottish home rule is that Labour never really got…

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The Yes camp is gaining ground in the Scottish independence referendum

17 August 2014 10:21

The Yes camp is closing the gap. That is the clear message from two new opinion polls published this morning.…

Television Debate Between Alex Salmond And Alistair Darling

Alex Salmond fails to land the blow he desperately needed

5 August 2014 22:58

Many people, I’m sure, will already be calling the first TV debate in Alistair Darling’s favour. That is a fair…

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The SNP might not realise it, but in sport, there’s a difference between patriotism and nationalism

23 July 2014 8:30

The BBC should probably think about issuing a public warning before it starts broadcasting the Commonwealth Games from Glasgow tonight.…

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Today’s poll shows Alex Salmond running out of time

13 July 2014 11:07

There really isn’t much time left. From today, there are just nine and a half weeks until we go to…

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New report puts price on freedom – but we are still none the wiser

22 June 2014 21:08

You can’t put a price on freedom. Well now, it seems, you can: or rather, one senior academic has done so…

First Minister Alex Salmond Presents The Case Scotland's Economic Future

If a men-only referendum was held, Salmond would win comfortably

15 June 2014 14:10

Another day another poll or, rather, another day and we have another two polls on independence. Scotland on Sunday today…

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Salmond, cybernats and a row that could be one of the key moments of the independence referendum campaign

11 June 2014 16:00

All through this referendum campaign, there have been two battles: one has been in the open. This has generally been…

A warm welcome for Nigel Farage on a campaign visit to Edinburgh. Image: PA

How a Ukip victory could hasten the break-up of the UK

19 May 2014 11:48

In a sense it could be the political version of the law of unintended consequences. There is Nigel Farage insisting that…

The Sunday Herald becomes the first Scottish newspaper to say Yes to independence.

The Sunday Herald says ‘yes’ to Scottish independence. Which newspaper will be next?

4 May 2014 11:44

If you are going to declare a clear political affiliation, you might as well do it big. In cricketing terms,…

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A new poll shows Scotland on the brink of independence. Time for the ‘no’ side to panic

20 April 2014 11:05

Politicians always manage to take some crumbs of comfort from opinion polls but, if you are Alistair Darling, it would be…

SNP Leader Alex Salmond Delivers His Keynote Speech At The SNP Conference

Alex Salmond’s message to Labour supporters: vote ‘yes’ to escape the Tories

12 April 2014 17:28

When is a conference not a conference? When it’s a rally. Sitting in the hall listening to Alex Salmond this…