Nicola Sturgeon

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Will Labour rule out a deal with the SNP?

14 February 2015 12:50

Who ends up governing Britain after the election may well be determined by what happens in the Scottish seats. If the SNP take a slew of seats from Labour, it… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon Delivers Anti-Austerity Speech At Universtiy College London

David Cameron is lucky he faces Ed Miliband, not Nicola Sturgeon

11 February 2015 19:03

In some respects David Cameron has been a lucky politician. Lucky that his predecessors had failed so completely that his initial brand of so-called modernisation seemed a punt worth taking.… Continue reading

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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 return for its support to put Ed Miliband in Downing… Continue reading

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Scottish electoral geography is working to the SNP’s advantage

6 February 2015 12:31

The dramatic rout of Scottish Labour continues. Polls suggest the SNP will take 55 out of 59 seats and of the 14 constituencies surveyed by Lord Ashcroft, only Glasgow North East is set… Continue reading

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Unless something changes soon, Scottish Labour is doomed

3 February 2015 15:22

The headline figures in today’s YouGov poll for The Times are brutal for Scottish Labour. Labour (27 percent) are still 20 points behind the SNP (48%). But that’s the good news. Because everything else… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish sisterhood unite for Andy Murray

29 January 2015 16:10

While the behaviour of the Westminster mob at PMQs is often reminiscent of playground bickering, the women of Scotland are taking a more civilised approach as they prepare for First Minister’s Questions. Far from… Continue reading

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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 morning. Smith clauses publication welcome – but doesn’t include a… Continue reading

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Memo to the Scottish Catholic bishops: stop sucking up to the SNP

12 December 2014 17:16

The Most Rev Philip Tartaglia, Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, is at it again: There is a feeling around that we are in a special moment when we can shape a… Continue reading

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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. They have written a response (below). So what could have… Continue reading

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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 atmosphere of ‘co-operation; to exist between the two governments. Well,… Continue reading

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Another gong for May

26 November 2014 11:25

What a busy week for Theresa May as she picked up a gong for Politician of the Year at the Political Studies Association awards at Church House last night. The… Continue reading

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The politician who can fill a venue quicker than Kylie

22 November 2014 14:45

What’s the most significant political story of the week, Ukip winning Rochester or Emily Thornberry’s resignation? Well, I suspect, it might be neither of them and that the really big… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon Is Voted In As Scotland's First Minister

Farewell Alex Salmond, hello Nicola Sturgeon

20 November 2014 11:36

And so the Age of Nicola dawns. Elected First Minister by the Scottish Parliament yesterday; sworn in this morning. Taking First Minister’s Questions this afternoon. Alex Salmond’s departure was a… Continue reading

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Students take part in a protest march against fees and cuts in the education system on November 19, 2014 in London, England.

Podcast: Brendan O’Neill on Oxford’s Stepford Students, and Scotland’s new first minister

20 November 2014 8:34

Do today’s students care about free speech? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Brendan O’Neill and Harriet Brown from the University of Oxford debate this week’s cover feature on… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon Starts Her Tour Of Scotland

Scotland’s Neverendum begins and there’s nothing Unionists can do to stop it

14 November 2014 10:56

Oh look, it’s a Neverendum. Who could have predicted that the SNP (and the wider Yes movement) would treat defeat in the independence referendum as just a temporary set-back? Well,… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond’s School of Denial

7 November 2014 13:32

Alex Salmond is on his way out. The First Minister gives every impression of enjoying – or at least making the most of – his farewell tour. And why not?… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy has what Scottish Labour needs: energy, fearlessness and the ability to win

29 October 2014 22:01

There should, by rights, have been a stampede of candidates to replace Johann Lamont as the leader of the Scottish Labour party. With the new powers promised to Holyrood, the… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy is Scottish Labour’s only hope

27 October 2014 18:06

At the risk of intruding into someone else’s calamity, if you can’t enjoy this what can you enjoy? By this I mean, of course, Scottish Labour’s meltdown. (Suggestions the party… Continue reading

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The Yes movement slowly moves through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief

23 September 2014 13:38

No-one has died. No-one has been stabbed. Someone, I suppose, may have been punched. So let’s retain some sense of perspective as we consider and try to make sense of… Continue reading

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Reunited

Scotland rejects independence – as it happened

18 September 2014 23:10

No has won the referendum. Scotland won’t become independent, but it will get new devolved powers, David Cameron promised this morning. Follow the developments on the PM’s plans to change the… Continue reading

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The Scottish National Party And Labour Battle For Control Of Glasgow In The Local Elections

Why is the SNP endorsing Israel haters?

13 August 2014 11:46

Regular readers will have noticed that I don’t like Islamic fundamentalists. Nor — though this is perhaps less often on display — do I much like Scottish Nationalists. Not just… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Reveals The White Paper For An Independent Scotland

Scottish independence is a little more likely today than it was yesterday

26 November 2013 14:53

The argument about Scottish independence which, it should be said, is not a new one is best understood in terms of the Overton Window. James Overton, an American political scientist,… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Reveals The White Paper For An Independent Scotland

Alistair Darling: the flaws in Alex Salmond’s white paper on independence

26 November 2013 13:59

Nothing has changed as a result of today’s White Paper. There is nothing that we found out today that we didn’t already know. Yesterday Alex Salmond’s case for breaking up… Continue reading

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Scotland's position in europe is weaker than the SNP would have you believe

26 February 2013 20:13

Nicola Sturgeon, arguably the SNP’s most effective asset at present, went to Brussels today to deliver a speech about Scotland’s future relationship with the EU. Most of it was as… Continue reading

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Scottish National Party Hold Their Annual Conference

Nicola Sturgeon is ready for her close-up - Spectator Blogs

4 December 2012 12:39

In the rabid hamster-eating-hamster world of Scottish politics Nicola Sturgeon is a rarity: a politician of obvious competence who’s respected by her peers regardless of their own political allegiances. There… Continue reading

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