Salmond rules out move for Megrahi

29 August 2011 11:28

Alex Salmond has just been on Sky News and he ruled out extraditing the Lockerbie bomber. He said that the Scottish government has no intention of asking for al-Megrahi to… Continue reading


The Eurocrisis Squeezes the SNP

25 August 2011 12:57

What does Independence in Europe mean in 2011? That’s one of the questions Alex Salmond and the SNP have preferred not to ask, far less find an answer to. Way… Continue reading


Salmond on the Riots: Ned In Our Name!

11 August 2011 11:57

The great traditions of journalistic hyperbole justify this magazine’s cover image this week (Subscribe!) but that doesn’t mean we must take it literally. "Britain" is not "ablaze" even if the… Continue reading


Major proposals on the future of Scotland

10 July 2011 12:27

There have long been suspicions in Westminster that David Cameron uses John Major as an out rider, the last Tory Prime Minister advances an idea that allows the current one… Continue reading


Small Election in Inverclyde; Not Many Bothered

1 July 2011 12:44

Sorry Pete, but I don’t think there’s anything hugely ambiguous about the result from the Inverclyde by-election. This was a pretty solid victory for Labour and another reminder – if… Continue reading


Labour’s ambiguous victory in Inverclyde

1 July 2011 9:21

Amid all the union sturm und drang yesterday, it was easy to forget about last night’s Parliamentary by-election in Inverclyde. But a by-election there was, after the death of the… Continue reading


Alex Salmond Retreats to Sanity

23 June 2011 13:01

Sometimes changing course is the prudent option. The SNP’s grim plans for their Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Bill have been put on hold for the next six… Continue reading


Subsidy Junkies!

22 June 2011 10:51

Meanwhile in happier news for Alex Salmond and his merry throng, the latest GERS figures are out and you can expect to see the Natiionalists trumpet them to all who… Continue reading


A Bill That Shames Scotland

21 June 2011 21:51

Here’s a clue for politicians: when you’re asked if you’ve just criminalised the national anthem and all you can do is say "Er, maybe, it all kinda depends on the… Continue reading


Abraham Lincoln: Tyrant! Unionist!

16 June 2011 1:08

Hendrik Hertzberg has some fun with Rick Perry’s occasional suggestions* that Texas could secede from the United States of America. Doing so he quotes extensively from a message Abraham Lincoln… Continue reading


The Problem of the Supreme Court

2 June 2011 2:29

Readers in England and other less-fortunate lands may not have been following the latest stushie in Scotia new and braw. This time it’s the law that’s the problem. Or rather,… Continue reading


Thought Crime in the Brave New Scotland

26 May 2011 13:55

It cannot be said that Alex Salmond’s ministry is off to a good legislative start. Not when its immediate aim is, apparently, to rush through ill-considered, illiberal, speech-curbing legislation that… Continue reading


This Scotland Subordinate? Only to a Crying Fool.

18 May 2011 15:30

Much of Alex Salmond’s speech on the occasion of his re-election as First Minister was entirely unobjectionable and some of it was even eloquent. A shame, then, that his peroration… Continue reading


This Social Union, This Commonwealth

18 May 2011 1:03

On reflection, perhaps I’ve been a little too quick to discount the historical significance of the Queen’s visit to Ireland this week. Like so much else, it’s a question of… Continue reading


Labour’s Holyrood Campaign HQ? The Beach.

11 May 2011 23:54

YesterdayTom Harris MP wrote a savage-but-accurate appraisal of Labour’s Scottish election failure for Labour Uncut. Pretty much every part of his analysis is persuasive, most notably his appreciation that Scottish… Continue reading


Aunt Annabel Departs But the Tories Can Live Again

10 May 2011 12:54

So farewell then, Annabel Goldie. As Hamish Macdonnell says, your position was weakened by the inquest into last year’s disappointing (let’s be kind, here) Westminster results. But Miss (never Ms)… Continue reading


A leadership contest might be just what the Scottish Tories need

10 May 2011 9:08

That’s it, the full house. Alex Salmond has seen off all three main opposition party leaders before the Scottish Parliament has even convened for the first time in this new… Continue reading


The Size of Things to Come & Unionism Needs a New Story

10 May 2011 0:27

Recalling the collapse of RBS, Tyler Cowen suggests that Scottish independence might not be such a nifty notion: The conceptual point is simple.  If you think that the world is… Continue reading


Salmond sees out his rivals

8 May 2011 18:32

Two down and one to go: that’s the score among the opposition leaders in the Scottish Parliament as the parties continue to sift through the wreckage left by the SNP… Continue reading


The winners and losers from Thursday’s elections

7 May 2011 12:51

After every election, the political stock exchange goes into a frenzy trying to work out who is a buy and who is a sell. Thirty-six hours after the polls closed,… Continue reading


Now Salmond can begin his battle for indepedence

6 May 2011 19:37

After all the carry-on with the new Scottish Parliament building, they may have to rebuild it yet again to accommodate Alex Salmond’s head. Never the smallest object, it will have… Continue reading


Team A Thumps Team B

6 May 2011 18:00

What a year! First Fianna Fail in Ireland, now Labour in Scotland. If only all elections were this entertaining and satisfying. At long last the anti-Labour vote was organised properly.… Continue reading


Salmond’s next stop: testing the Act of Union

6 May 2011 12:48

Fresh from his astonishing victory in Holyrood, Alex Salmond has declared his next stage is an independence referendum. This is scoffed at: technically he has no powers to do so… Continue reading


Three points from a remarkable night

6 May 2011 10:13

This has been a remarkable election night. To my mind, there are three big stories out of the polls. First, the George Osborne masterminded campaign for a new Conservative majority… Continue reading


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