Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit bounce

15 October 2019 17:27

There was a fairytale quality to Nicola Sturgeon’s speech to the SNP conference this afternoon. On the one hand, she…

Should the Scottish Tories join forces with the Lib Dems?

25 September 2019 10:00

Scottish politics is stuck. As with Brexit across the wider United Kingdom, the 2014 independence referendum has permanently shifted attitudes…

How to tame Scottish nationalism

18 September 2019 17:15

Happy Union Day, the fifth anniversary of Scotland’s vote to remain in the United Kingdom. It’s gotten so commercial, though…

Ruth Davidson’s departure doesn’t mean the end of the Union

30 August 2019 17:46

The departure yesterday of Ruth Davidson as leader of the Scottish Conservatives has prompted much discomfort among some pro-Union commentators.…

Gordon Brown has done enough damage in Scotland

27 August 2019 16:59

Gordon Brown has broken his silence again. The former prime minister told the Edinburgh International Book Festival that the Scottish…

Forget Greenland, Donald Trump should buy Scotland

23 August 2019 17:24

Donald Trump’s attempted purchase of Greenland may have fallen through but if he’s still in the market, there’s some prime…

Nicola Sturgeon’s dismal failure to stand up to China

21 August 2019 15:51

Nicola Sturgeon fancies herself as something of an international stateswoman, jetting off to the United States to boost her profile…

Nicola Sturgeon needs to do more for children in care

18 June 2019 17:40

If you’ve glanced at a photograph of Nicola Sturgeon in the past year or two, you won’t have failed to…

Scotland’s dirty little secret: we’re as anti-immigration as England

13 May 2019 10:11

In August 2007, three months after coming to power at Holyrood, the SNP launched its National Conversation on Scotland’s constitutional…

Nicola Sturgeon is taking Scottish nationalists for a ride

25 April 2019 15:46

There’s an episode of Father Ted in which the simple but endearing Father Dougal gets stuck on a milk float…

Who does Nicola Sturgeon think she is?

7 February 2019 19:35

It’s been a busy old week in Scottish politics. The SNP government is suffering a public backlash over plans to…

Alex Salmond’s arrest is the latest twist in an extraordinary drama

24 January 2019 11:16

This morning Police Scotland announced that a 64 year old man had been arrested and charged with unknown offences. Not…

The price of the SNP’s Brexit strategy

9 October 2018 12:21

Nicola Sturgeon’s indication that SNP MPs will back a second vote on Brexit might be clever politics but it is…

Alex Salmond denies sexual assault allegations

24 August 2018 9:01

Scots are used to tumult and unpredictability in their politics but this morning they are waking up to something of…

Revealed: the Scottish uni courses for (feepaying) English students only

17 August 2018 16:57

When Alex Salmond stepped down as First Minister, he famously unveiled a commemorative stone engraved with the message ‘The rocks…

The poor wee SNP

13 June 2018 16:04

Of course it was a “stunt” – the Westminster village’s preferred term for any piece of nonsense that disrupts the…

Is Ruth Davidson really the stuff of Tory dreams?

30 May 2018 13:10

“The greatest politician in the world”, a friend quipped recently, “is the Westminster projection of Ruth Davidson”. I do not…

The sad state of Scottish politics

7 April 2018 21:04

Here is a list of things that happened in Scotland this week. See if you can guess which caused the…

A Scottish Tory government is no longer wishful thinking

30 March 2018 8:00

‘The Scottish Conservatives aspire to lead the next government of Scotland,’ proclaims Ruth Davidson in a pamphlet setting out the…

Is shortbread unpatriotic? Some Scottish nationalists think so

7 March 2018 17:11

Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society, was a red-baiter of such ferocity he made Joe McCarthy look like…