Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon giving her Brexit update to the Scottish Parliament today. (Image: Getty)

Nicola Sturgeon’s play for time

24 April 2019 15:37

Nicola Sturgeon is a reader and, to judge by the statement she has just made to the Scottish parliament on…

Scotland’s luvvies are coming unstuck over their bid for the Channel 4 HQ

2 June 2018 13:55

Those who worry that Channel 4 has become risk-averse might be fretting needlessly. The broadcaster has shortlisted Glasgow as a location for…

Scotland’s vast deficit gives nationalists another dose of reality

23 August 2017 11:16

Happy GERS day everyone! For the uninitiated, the publication of the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland figures has become one…

The battle for Scottish independence is far from over

11 August 2017 15:00

It is August and, except in Washington and Pyongyang, the square root of heehaw is happening. This poses certain difficulties…

Andrew ‘Calamity’ Cooper – the man who blew Remain – in talks to take on Scotland project

21 March 2017 17:35

Scottish nationalists may want to get the champagne at the ready. Word reaches Steerpike that Andrew ‘Calamity’ Cooper – the serial…

The Spectator podcast: Sturgeon’s second stab

2 March 2017 12:26

On this week’s episode we question whether Nicola Sturgeon might be tempted by a second independence referendum, consider the increasingly frosty relations…

Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit plan is flawed

20 December 2016 16:38

There is a smart, hi-tech media room in the Scottish government building which overlooks Holyrood – but it has been…

Nicola Sturgeon is caught in an independence referendum fix

14 October 2016 10:03

Nicola Sturgeon is in a bit of a fix. After saying that the Scottish independence referendum was a once-in-a-generation event…

Nicola Sturgeon’s cherished Brexit grievance rears its head

13 October 2016 13:32

Politics is a question of priorities. Push always comes to shove and that’s when you discover what a party really…

Another poll shows that Brexit hasn’t changed Scottish appetite for independence

13 September 2016 12:34

Throughout the EU referendum campaign, we heard that Brexit would not only sink the UK economy but destroy the Union…

Where has all the money gone, Nicola Sturgeon?

24 August 2016 13:37

Just three years ago, the Scottish government enjoyed claiming that an independent Scotland would be one of the wealthiest countries…

The UK that Scotland voted to remain within ‘doesn’t exist anymore’

26 June 2016 12:54

The First Minister gave an interview on Scotland’s position in the UK after Brexit on the Andrew Marr Show this…

If Scotland had gone independent today, it would be facing sado-austerity

24 March 2016 7:37

Today is Independence Day, the 24 March, the day Alex Salmond nominated as his ‘independence day’ following a Yes vote. Today’s…

The Age of Nicola: Sturgeon maps out the road to independence

17 October 2015 18:07

The problem with Nicola Sturgeon is that she is, by the standards of contemporary politics, unusually straightforward. There is little…

Nicola Sturgeon explains how a second independence referendum could be ‘unstoppable’

16 October 2015 9:15

Nicola Sturgeon has a plan about how to achieve another independence referendum, even if there won’t be a pledge for one in…

Ukip MEP on dangers of an independent Scotland: we’ll end up living in caves, eating cold porridge

11 October 2015 22:08

This morning Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview on the Andrew Marr Show that a second referendum on Scottish independence is…

Do English Tories care more about the EU than the UK?

22 September 2015 15:23

This morning Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party, outlined the extent to which she agrees with…

Is Labour still a Unionist party?

21 September 2015 16:25

The answer to this question, it turns out, comes from Kenny Dalglish. The answer is mebbys aye, mebbys naw. At the…

Unionism’s referendum triumph has proved as bitter as it has been short-lived

18 September 2015 14:06

Nicola Sturgeon got one thing right this morning. A year on from the independence referendum, Scotland’s First Minister allowed that…

Alistair Darling: there’s no ‘silver lining’ to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership

18 September 2015 9:14

Today marks one year since the Scottish independence referendum and many of the key figures are reflecting on how politics…