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Jeremy Corbyn comes to Scotland and discovers he has nothing to say

30 October 2015 17:38

When all else fails, I suppose, you can just plead for mercy. That appears to be the message emanating from…

President of Catalonia Artur Mas celebrates as the Catalanist coalition 'Junts Pel Si' (Together for the Yes) claim victory in the regional elections held in Catalonia on September 27, 2015 (Photo: Getty)

Spain’s hunger for political change may be just what Catalonia needs

27 October 2015 14:54

Some unjustified assumptions inform the Spanish government’s anti-Catalonian rhetoric: that it will be in power long enough to prevent Catalonia leaving Spain; that…

Celebrations And Flag Flying On St George's Day

MPs approve plan to introduce English votes for English laws

22 October 2015 17:24

MPs have just approved the change to the Commons regulations that will introduce English votes for English laws by 312…

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 17:  First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon gives her keynote speech at the 81st annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on October 17, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland.  During her address to delegates, Nicola Sturgeon announced a pledge to build a new network of NHS treatment centres and more financial support for carers if the SNP wins next year's Holyrood elections.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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…

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Watch: SNP’s Stewart Hosie asks interviewer ‘why are you doing this?’ as he flounders on NHS and oil

16 October 2015 18:26

Pity Stewart Hosie, the SNP’s deputy leader. He appeared on the Daily Politics today to defend the party’s North Sea…

Michelle Thomson MP and Nicola Sturgeon, in happier times. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN

Sleaze, cronyism and the SNP: the New Politics is charmingly familiar

1 October 2015 14:27

The great thing about the ‘new politics’ – or at least the new politics we have lately been privileged to…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 2

Jocky Come Home: a Labour misery drama that will flop

29 September 2015 14:47

Jeremy Corbyn is supposed to come to Scotland this week. Thursday’s visit will be his first since he became leader…

James McIntosh Patrick's painting of Traquair House (1938)

Two country-house treasures in the Borders

25 September 2015 0:02

Picture Gallery Paxton House, Berwick-upon-Tweed Curved Stream Traquair House, Innerleithen, until 31 October In the Regency picture gallery at Paxton…

Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

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…


No enthusiasm for Corbyn as he addresses Labour MPs

14 September 2015 19:27

Labour MPs are in no mood to fake it. At Jeremy Corbyn’s first meeting with the Parliamentary Labour Party, there…


Yes, Jeremy Corbyn actually is the most dangerous man in British politics

18 August 2015 12:17

No, Nicola Sturgeon does not have much reason to be worried about Jeremy Corbyn. But the rest of the country…

Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon’s bandwagon rolls on: a new poll puts the SNP on 62%

10 August 2015 12:40

People like to support successful teams. That’s why there are far more Chelsea fans now than there were 20 years…

SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

The SNP are masters at playing Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

31 July 2015 10:50

All political parties have their cultish moments but some are more cultish than others. That doesn’t mean all their supporters…

The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Is another referendum on Scottish independence actually inevitable?

28 July 2015 10:52

So here we go again. Alex Salmond, popping up on the Andrew Marr show while Nicola Sturgeon is in China,…

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The SNP has struck its first blow against English democracy. It won’t be the last

14 July 2015 15:18

So now we all know what we’re dealing with. This SNP malice against the English and our democracy is no…

Argyll And Southern Highlanders Home Coming Parade

An independent Scotland could easily have been the next Greece

14 July 2015 10:54

I wonder how many Scots who voted ‘Yes’ in last year’s referendum are watching events unfold in Greece and having…

Celebrations And Flag Flying On St George's Day

Ministers should not push ahead with English votes for English laws next week

9 July 2015 10:30

The first thing that needs to be said about the near-universally panned proposal for English votes for English laws we…

The four patron saints of Great Britain, (from left to right) St Patrick of Ireland, St George of England, St Andrew of Scotland and St David of Wales on a drunken spree. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Calm down: English Votes for English Laws is a very minor modest proposal

7 July 2015 15:58

Ed Miliband – remember him? – has just told the House of Commons that the government’s proposals for so-called English…


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…

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Gives Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

Labour’s Blair problem

20 June 2015 10:41

Ed Miliband believed that after the financial crisis, Britain had moved to the left. He argued that there was no…

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…


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…


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…

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…


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…