Scotland

The SNP now want a ‘semi-detached’ Scotland. Could it work?

30 January 2017 8:38

The SNP appears to be on the verge of changing one of its core beliefs – full membership of the…

Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit charade continues

24 January 2017 15:52

With the predictability of an atomic clock, Nicola Sturgeon has come out today condemning the Supreme Court which has reminded her…

May just made another Scottish referendum ‘more likely’, says Sturgeon

17 January 2017 15:27

Nicola Sturgeon inched Scotland closer to a re-run of its independence referendum today by reacting angrily to Theresa May’s Brexit…

The SNP’s dominance in Scotland is complete

13 January 2017 16:53

Like the past, Scotland is a different country. Things are done differently here. What might be thought eyebrow-raisingly inappropriate in…

Nicola Sturgeon’s Baldrick moment

21 December 2016 15:00

Yesterday, the Scottish government published its ‘plan’ for life after Brexit. It was, at 60 or so pages, more detailed…

What the papers say: Thin-skinned Theresa May and the merits of Sturgeon’s Brexit plan

21 December 2016 8:46

If any one still doubts the merits of Britain controlling its own borders, look to Germany, says the Daily Telegraph.…

The SNP is failing Scottish pupils by blocking free schools

20 December 2016 13:00

The SNP is consistently criticised for failing to close the achievement gap between the best and worst Scottish state schools.…

Scotland has nothing to gain from staying in the single market

20 December 2016 9:30

The Scottish economy will be left in ruins. Tens of thousands of people will be thrown out of their jobs.…

Brexit has ruined my case against Scottish independence

30 October 2016 10:26

I can feel my views on Scottish independence changing. Not enough to write a column about it, perhaps, but enough…

Sturgeon’s secessionist fantasy has been rejected by Europe. So why does she ask Theresa May?

24 October 2016 9:27

‘Downing Street says the PM is set to rebuff calls for a flexible Brexit, which would allow parts of the…

Press censorship has begun in Scotland

18 October 2016 17:16

The silencing of Stephen Daisley has nagged away at journalism in Scotland for months. His employer, STV, holds the ITV…

In defence of small nation states

18 October 2016 10:54

Scotland may have a second referendum within three years, as many Remainers correctly predicted. If the British government makes a…

Nicola Sturgeon is caught in an independence referendum fix

14 October 2016 10:03

Nicola Sturgeon is in a bit of a fix. After saying that the Scottish independence referendum was a once-in-a-generation event…

Nicola Sturgeon’s cherished Brexit grievance rears its head

13 October 2016 13:32

Politics is a question of priorities. Push always comes to shove and that’s when you discover what a party really…

Another poll shows that Brexit hasn’t changed Scottish appetite for independence

13 September 2016 12:34

Throughout the EU referendum campaign, we heard that Brexit would not only sink the UK economy but destroy the Union…

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…

May says general election will be in 2020

4 September 2016 8:45

Theresa May is on her way to her first G20 summit. But she has still sat down for the traditional…

An independent Scotland would now be bankrupt

24 August 2016 14:15

This time two years ago, the United Kingdom stood on the brink of dissolution. The referendum on Scottish independence hung…

Where has all the money gone, Nicola Sturgeon?

24 August 2016 13:37

Just three years ago, the Scottish government enjoyed claiming that an independent Scotland would be one of the wealthiest countries…

The SNP has played Scotland’s Catholic Church for a fool

23 August 2016 17:42

In England and other places there can still be surprise when discussion of football in Scotland segues too smoothly into…

Now the SNP are in power their skin seems to have thinned

19 August 2016 14:01

Scotland is a small place. This has many advantages. There is an intimacy to Scottish public life that can, on…

Is Theresa May’s Scots Brexit charm offensive working?

8 August 2016 7:59

Theresa May has made wooing Scotland over Brexit one of her key missions. Her first trip as Prime Minister was up to…

Scotland doesn’t deserve another referendum

30 July 2016 8:45

If the SNP ever succeeds, it will be because of the failure of the English to understand its game. English…

Theresa May’s EU migrant stance is a chilling reminder of how nasty the Tories are

28 July 2016 13:45

There may be confusion about the role of EU immigrants in Westminster, but there’s none in Scotland. Our message is…

Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit test is designed to fail

26 July 2016 8:37

Nicola Sturgeon still believes in Scottish independence. I know, who knew? That’s the point of the SNP, a party Ms…