Surprise, surprise … the Lib Dems are taking a battering

6 May 2011 8:39

If you fell asleep expecting heavy losses for the Lib Dems, then you will not have been disappointed upon waking up. At time of writing, around 100 English councils, comprising… Continue reading


Salmond’s victory

6 May 2011 7:43

When I stood down as political editor of The Scotsman five years ago, the country looked to be forever Labour – even if they called in Salmond for some Puck-style… Continue reading


An Astonishing Night in Scotland

6 May 2011 6:04

Scottish elecctions tend to be boring. Little happens. Small earthquake in Scotland, not many dead. Just for once, however, that has not been the case tonight. Labour’s dismal, depressing, you-cannae-do-anything-right… Continue reading


The Scotsman Sees Sense

4 May 2011 19:17

The Scotsman’s endorsement of the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives is so thoroughly, even startlingly, sensible it could almost have been written by me*. [T]here is no other credible candidate… Continue reading


Your guide to tomorrow’s elections

In light of ICM’s latest poll, Lib Dems might be relieved to hear that tomorrow isn’t all about the AV referendum. But it’s a meagre sort of relief: they’re facing… Continue reading


Labour are still off course in Scotland

2 May 2011 16:01

Of all the election results due in on Thursday night, those for the Scottish Parliament may be the most significant. Labour’s Scottish base, which has been the party’s bedrock for… Continue reading


Alex Salmond and Donald Trump

28 April 2011 0:08

Since Donald Trump and the Birthers are everywhere today, I wonder if Alex Salmond winces at the memory of being described by Trump as "an amazing man"? I hope so.… Continue reading


Labour’s Secret Weapon: Stupidity

26 April 2011 13:26

I don’t think this is a very good idea: Senior staffers in Ed Miliband’s office started briefing Scottish hacks last night that Miliband is now going to take a much… Continue reading


Balls and Miliband to rescue Labour’s Scottish campaign…

25 April 2011 18:00

Can Ed Miliband and Ed Balls save Labour in Scotland? The two Labour heavyweights have decided to move in to rescue their party’s disastrous campaign in Scotland — with Balls… Continue reading


Local hero fears complacency as Labour disintegrates

24 April 2011 12:09

The SNP have this morning been put a whopping 13 points above Labour in the Scottish Parliament race: on 45 percent and 46 percent of the vote in two separate… Continue reading


The Sun Shines on Salmond

18 April 2011 20:00

Severin Carrell reports that tomorrow’s edition of the Sun will endorse Alex Salmond and the SNP. This should not surprise anyone. I suspect most of the Scottish press will support,… Continue reading


Muckle Eck’s Big Mo

17 April 2011 2:12

Scotland on Sunday publishes a thumper of a poll today that suggests the SNP is on course to defeat Labour and remain the largest party at Holyrood. In fact, John… Continue reading


Burying the dead

6 April 2011 10:34

Lockerbie is back in vogue. The Telegraph reports that Mi5 has ‘conclusive evidence’ that Moussa Koussa was ‘directing operational and intelligence gathering activities against Libyan dissidents’ and organising support for… Continue reading


One More Trip on the SNP-Labour Fantasy Coalition Merry-go-round

4 April 2011 16:30

Crivvens, the idea of an SNP-Labour coalition refuses to die. Here’s Iain Macwhirter in the Herald: The rule seems to be that, in Scottish politics it’s easier to work constructively… Continue reading


Scotland is a conservative country

4 April 2011 14:00

The Scottish Centre for Social Research has released its latest survey of Scottish attitudes. It confirms that SNP government at Holyrood has reduced the appetite for independence. For now it’s… Continue reading


Iain Gray’s Remarkable No-Man Band

29 March 2011 19:12

Meanwhile, STV have a poll asking punters who they think would make the best First Minister. The results are almost entertaining: Don’t Know – 37% Alex Salmond – 30% None… Continue reading


Dogs Will Not Lie Down With Cats.

29 March 2011 18:56

I’m fonder of wacky political hypotheticals than the next fellow but even I draw the line at Sunder Katwala’s assertion that some people can see a path towards a Labour-SNP… Continue reading


Eck The Comeback Kid?

16 February 2011 1:49

Though this blog has tried to ignore the fact, there are elections to the Scottish Parliament this year. In just over ten weeks time in fact. I’ve ignored the subject… Continue reading


The Looming Liberal Democrat Paradox

3 February 2011 2:23

You know, when you see that Neil Clark has written a piece for the Guardian arguing that, from his perspective, this government is even worse than Margaret Thatcher’s you might… Continue reading


Oh Christ, Bloody Lockerbie Again

8 December 2010 3:49

Whaddyaknow, Wikileaks have some Lockerbie-related cables? Unfortunately they’re only about the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and so less interesting – or perhaps simply less illuminating – than Lockerbie-related cables… Continue reading


Who got good value-for-money in the general election?

2 December 2010 14:36

Coffee House has wrung today’s party expenditure figures through the calculator to produce the colourful graphs below. As the headings suggest, they show how much was spent by each party*… Continue reading


The Scottish Nationalist Pathology

2 December 2010 1:44

Commenting on this post, "Robert the Bruce 2.0" complains: Scotland has its own Government, Parliament, Courts, Legal System, Royal Household, Great Offices of State, Flag, Banner, Badge, Anthem, Language, Lingo,… Continue reading


Devolution 2.0: A Centre-Right Revival?

1 December 2010 14:47

On this, at least, there is consensus: devolution has proved a disappointment. How could it be otherwise when the Scottish parliament was granted power without responsibility? A parliament that may… Continue reading


Another Irish Loser: Alex Salmond

15 November 2010 17:05

There are precious few heroes in Ireland today and no gods either. But not all the losers are Irish either. Some are Scottish. Chief among them, Alex Salmond and the… Continue reading


Weak, weak, weak

27 October 2010 15:00

Weak again. For the second session in a row Miliband was feeble at PMQs. He opened in his quiet-assassin mode with a quickie question. ‘There are reports that the government… Continue reading