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Isil stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Does David Cameron not realise this?

2 July 2015 18:09

It is very easy to make David Cameron and the Scottish National Party look ridiculous. But as every soldier and journalist knows, just because a target is easy doesn’t mean… Continue reading

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Dennis Skinner: ‘Gordon Brown and I were the Northern Powerhouse’

30 June 2015 14:00

After Dennis Skinner successfully won the SNP turf war over his favoured seat in the Commons, the Labour backbencher has been relatively quiet of late. So Mr S was pleased to… Continue reading

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Is Home Rule the only realistic alternative to independence for Scotland?

23 June 2015 14:11

‘Is Home Rule the only realistic alternative to independence?’ was the question posed at a Spectator debate, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, in Edinburgh last week. In one sense the question… Continue reading

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Pressure Increases For A Scottish Independence Referendum

Is the SNP an Anglophobic party or just a party for Anglophobes?

19 June 2015 17:31

Writing in the Herald this week Iain Macwhirter noted that “Any trace of ethnic nationalism, and anti-English sentiment, was expunged from the [Scottish National] party in the 1970s”.  Responding to this JK Rowling… Continue reading

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Home Affairs Select Committee meeting

New select committee chairs elected

18 June 2015 13:25

The new chairs of the select committees have been announced. Before 2009, the party whips handed out the chairmanships of these committees but now they are voted in by MPs.… Continue reading

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Adventures in Truthiness: The SNP and Full Fiscal Autonomy

16 June 2015 19:08

As a general rule I prefer the stupidity theory to the mendacity concept of politics. That is, if a politician says something obviously wrong it is more probably because they… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy submits resignation. The Scottish Labour leader holds a press conference and submits a report on the future of the party. Scottish Labour HQ,Glasgow.13.06.2015.

Jim Murphy: second independence referendum is inevitable

15 June 2015 17:16

Jim Murphy is quitting frontline politics with a bang. The outgoing leader of the Scottish Labour party addressed Policy Exchange this afternoon, offering his thoughts on why Labour lost the election… Continue reading

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David Starkey defends his comments comparing the SNP to the Nazis

15 June 2015 15:50

Over the weekend, David Starkey caused outrage in Scotland when he compared the SNP to the Nazis. While the SNP MP Kirsten Oswald was quick to dismiss Starkey as a ‘serial… Continue reading

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UKIP Hold Their First Conference Since The General Election

It may actually be in Ukip’s interest to lose the EU referendum

12 June 2015 15:35

Will the country be torn apart by the EU referendum? That’s the argument made by Chris Deerin on the capitalist running dog website CapX. Deerin, a Scottish Unionist, says it’s… Continue reading

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The SNP, which would impose eye-watering austerity on Scotland, remains immune to the laws of politics

12 June 2015 12:27

David Mundell, the somewhat improbable Secretary of State for Scotland, had at least one good line yesterday: “The SNP are asking for something they don’t really want, but of course they… Continue reading

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Cameron and Harman at the State Opening of Parliament. Getty images.

PMQs: Harman puts Cameron in his place

10 June 2015 13:54

Harriet Harman has 16 years on David Cameron and she used that advantage very effectively today. After Cameron replied to her first question on the EU referendum with a string… Continue reading

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Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon Gives A Speech On Child Poverty

Nicola Sturgeon puts (lung free) haggis on the menu in America

10 June 2015 12:44

Steerpike has long been a champion of the fight to get America to lift the ban on Scottish haggis being imported into their country. So Mr S was cheered to hear that… Continue reading

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Has Mhairi Black been trespassing in George Osborne’s office?

4 June 2015 13:37

Since the 56 SNP MPs entered Parliament, they have taken to ‘rebelling’ against the establishment in a number of ways. So far they have focussed their time on trying to nab Dennis Skinner’s… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Retains His Post As First Minister And Creates Scotland's First Majority Government

Alex Salmond tells Anna Soubry to ‘behave yourself, woman’

4 June 2015 8:42

Alex Salmond’s reintroduction to Parliament has hit a few bumps in the road this week. He was criticised on Tuesday when he appeared to use Charles Kennedy’s death as an… Continue reading

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Lord Dobbs fights for victory at Macmillan's annual tug of war

SNP and Conservatives find a common cause

3 June 2015 15:00

Ever since the 56 SNP MPs arrived in Parliament, their main focus seems to be battling Dennis Skinner for his seat. Happily, the Scottish Nationalists appeared to have a night off… Continue reading

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Politico Top Trump cards from 2010.

Cameron has a PMQs trump card – he won the election

3 June 2015 14:44

The first PMQs after an election victory is a moment to savour for a Prime Minister. He knows that the result gives him a trump card he can play again… Continue reading

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Day One - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

The war of Skinner’s seat: SNP allow Dennis to stay

3 June 2015 11:54

The first PMQs of the new Parliament will kick off shortly and Commons watchers will be looking to see if Dennis Skinner remains in his usual spot. The socialist firebrand,… Continue reading

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SNP spring conference 2015

Alex Salmond’s reaction to the death of Charles Kennedy was as revealing as it was contemptible

2 June 2015 13:44

Neither man will much care for the comparison but, more than ever, Alex Salmond is rather like Gordon Brown. Each struggles to admit their opponents might ever have a point… Continue reading

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

The SNP packs the House of Commons Chamber to send a powerful message

1 June 2015 15:18

As the new SNP MPs settle in to their new life in the House of Commons, a picture is doing the rounds on social media showing a Commons Chamber that… Continue reading

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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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