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SNP spring conference 2015

Alex Salmond knows all about the art of politics

29 May 2015 14:54

‘The art of politics is not to lie,’ claimed Alex Salmond on last night’s This Week. “The art of politics is not to lie” @AlexSalmond tells @afneil about Carmichael comments… Continue reading

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Kenny MacAskill To Make Statement On Lockerbie Bomber Allegations

The SNP is a party happy to pursue the wrong policies ‘for the right reasons’

29 May 2015 12:05

Of course, as the SNP keep reminding us, this year’s general election had nothing to do with advancing the case for independence. Besides, please, you must remember there’s much more to the party… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond insists on Nats dining separately from hacks

28 May 2015 11:34

The Kennington Tandoori is a favourite late-night eatery for MPs of all persuasions. Last night was no exception, with Tom Watson spotted planning his bid for deputy leader of Labour over… Continue reading

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What do you do if you can’t get get children to pass exams? Stop examining them, of course (Photo: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty)

The Stalinist logic behind the SNP’s approach to education

28 May 2015 10:45

Early in the campaign for Scottish independence the SNP commissioned a party political broadcast called Two Futures. It told the story of Kirsty, a baby due to be born on… Continue reading

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Will Dennis Skinner take a pop at the SNP?

27 May 2015 11:13

He may be a national treasure, but it’s safe to say that Dennis Skinner’s annual crack during the Queen’s Speech have been a bit lame of late. The veteran MP always… Continue reading

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Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael prepares to make his first speech of the year setting out his case for Scotland remaining part of the UK at Stirling University..

Malcom Bruce defends Alistair Carmichael: ‘lots of people have told lies’

26 May 2015 9:10

Alistair Carmichael’s battle to remain an MP is turning into a debate about whether it’s acceptable to lie in public office. The SNP are keen to talk the up the notion… Continue reading

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Alistair Carmichael attends a Cabinet Committee  meeting in September 2014 (Photo: Getty)

Alistair Carmichael responsible for Nicola Sturgeon leak

22 May 2015 15:33

During the election campaign the Telegraph reported that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain Prime Minister, after a memo was leaked to them which included an account of a private conversation between Sturgeon and the… Continue reading

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Dennis Skinner wins Westminster turf war against the SNP

21 May 2015 19:00

Of all the MPs to pick a fight with, Dennis Skinner is not high on Mr S’s list. Still, that hasn’t stopped the new SNP intake from spending their first… Continue reading

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Curry Houses In Brick Lane As Concerns Rise Over The New Laws Regarding Immigrant Workers Loom

Political institution introduces new MPs to ancient rituals

18 May 2015 16:37

While new MPs are sitting through tedious induction classes to teach them the rules of the House of Commons such as never clap in the chamber or call another member… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: SNP big in Japan

16 May 2015 10:15

Just when Mr S thought it was safe to go to his local watering hole now the 56 Scottish SNP MPs have chosen Parliament’s sports and social as their pub of choice, it turns… Continue reading

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A very modern Parliament causes problems for the Tories

15 May 2015 11:56

With 190 women elected last week and the number of ethnic minority MPs hitting record levels, Parliament is slowly beginning to look a little bit like modern Britain. Settling in,… Continue reading

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David Cameron needs to learn how to deal with nationalists

15 May 2015 10:45

David Cameron still has much to learn about dealing with nationalists. Theirs is a very different kind of politics – one where flags, language and choreography matters. Nicola Sturgeon is… Continue reading

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The SNP MPs gather for their first group meeting in Westminster

Tory MP teaches SNP MPs Westminster etiquette

13 May 2015 17:25

On Monday when 56 SNP MPs descended on Westminster, the youngest of the new intake Mhairi Black gushed that everyone had been so nice. Two days in, and cross-party relations have begun to cool.… Continue reading

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It’s Labour’s loss if they don’t take Ukip voters seriously

13 May 2015 11:08

Almost four million people voted for Ukip on 7 May. That, in itself, is an astonishing achievement for a party which is a) newish and b) endured more vilification than even… Continue reading

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New SNP MPs take drinking advice from Alex Salmond

12 May 2015 10:45

Ahead of the arrival of 56 SNP MPs in Westminster yesterday, Alex Salmond offered his new colleagues some advice in a recent interview. He said: ‘Make your voice heard, represent your constituents, and stay… Continue reading

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The Scots are here (Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty)

Britain’s youngest MP is given a warm Westminster welcome

11 May 2015 16:25

Warning: The SNP revolution has begun in Westminster. This afternoon Nicola Sturgeon arrived at parliament with her 56 newly elected SNP MPs in tow. However, despite talk of discord between the… Continue reading

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SNP MP's Pose In Front Of Parliament Following Election Success

How will SNP MPs operate in Parliament?

11 May 2015 15:35

Most of the new SNP MPs celebrated their party’s amazing result in the general election today with a photo call outside Parliament. They certainly looked an impressive bloc of parliamentarians,… Continue reading

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Why Ukip will descend into sectarian chaos

9 May 2015 23:50

Yes, yes, I know it’s supposed to be ‘unfair’ that Ukip ended up with only one MP while securing 13 per cent of the popular vote. But that’s first-past-the-post for… Continue reading

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Has Ed Miliband got something clever up his sleeve?

7 May 2015 18:42

How will Ed Miliband manage tomorrow if Labour does end up the second largest party but with a viable ‘anti-Tory alliance’ in the House of Commons? The Tories are trying… Continue reading

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Let them eat (Sturgeon) cake

7 May 2015 13:23

An interesting election day parcel has arrived at the Spectator office: it contains a box of ‘party leader cupcakes’ from Sky News. ‘We recommend eating David, Ed, Nick, Nigel, Nicola,… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg has been doing his own Kelly Clarkson impression (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty)

Nick Clegg got coalition wrong. Tomorrow, he’ll pay the price

6 May 2015 18:42

It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Nick Clegg. He’s a decent man who took a tough decision to put his party into coalition with the Conservatives, and… Continue reading

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England And Scotland Fans Arrive To Renew The Oldest Rivalry In Football

If the SNP doesn’t hate the English, why do so many of its supporters behave as if they do?

6 May 2015 16:48

You get bad losers in politics and bad winners, too, but it’s surely a rare business to get a bad winner who didn’t actually win. Yet this, since they lost… Continue reading

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I have worked out the only possible way to build a viable government (but it’s not pretty)

6 May 2015 16:28

For the past few days the BBC website has had an interactive game where you have to build your own coalition, using a series of possible results from tomorrow’s election.… Continue reading

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This election campaign has shown a democracy in a horrible state of disrepair

6 May 2015 10:47

It is often said that we get the politicians we deserve. But throughout this election I have kept wondering, ‘Are we really as bad as all this?’ The answer must… Continue reading

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Why elections are bad for your health

6 May 2015 10:30

The excitement and anxiety was tangible during the election of 1997. Even as a child I was able to pick up on it. I saw the signs of stress in… Continue reading

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