Scottish independence

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…

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a welcome address to the 81st Annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference centre on October 15, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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…

New Scottish Labour Party Leader Announced

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…

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…

Leader of the Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling, gives a press conference at the campaign Headquarters at the Marriott Hotel on September 19, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland

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…

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Paul Mason comes to Alex Salmond’s defence over BBC bias

1 September 2015 10:10

With Alex Salmond currently engaged in a war of words with Nick Robinson over the BBC’s ‘disgraceful’ coverage of the…

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,…

Alex Salmond on the Andrew Marr Show. Photo: BBC.

Alex Salmond explains how a second Scottish independence referendum will happen

26 July 2015 13:27

He once said that the independence referendum was a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity but Alex Salmond has brushed aside…

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…

Jim Murphy submits resignation. The Scottish Labour leader holds a press conference and submits a report on the future of the party. Scottish Labour HQ,Glasgow.13.06.2015.

Jim Murphy: second independence referendum is inevitable

15 June 2015 17:16

Jim Murphy is quitting frontline politics with a bang. The outgoing leader of the Scottish Labour party addressed Policy Exchange this…

Gordon Brown former British prime minister speaks at the Scottish Labour Party launch to keep Scotland as part of the UK ON May 13, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gordon Brown has a brass neck to blame the Tories for tearing apart the Union

12 June 2015 13:40

Gordon Brown has popped up in the Guardian today to warn that the evil Tories are going to destroy the Union. The…

SNP spring conference 2015

Alex Salmond’s reaction to the death of Charles Kennedy was as revealing as it was contemptible

2 June 2015 13:44

Neither man will much care for the comparison but, more than ever, Alex Salmond is rather like Gordon Brown. Each…

Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

New poll shows SNP will annihilate Labour — but the nation is still divided over independence

31 March 2015 21:32

Scottish Labour is having no luck in denting the SNP’s support. ComRes/ITV News have released a new poll this evening,…


Mini Election: what’s on the mind of Scottish nationalists?

31 March 2015 12:20

The Scottish nationalists are in a buoyant mood. At last weekend’s spring conference in Glasgow, the 3,000-odd SNPers had two…

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), speaks at a Spring Conference event in Glasgow, U.K., on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Nicola Sturgeon’s speech in Glasgow highlights the similarities between the SNP and Ukip

28 March 2015 19:12

Is Nicola Sturgeon trying to channel Nigel Farage? Scotland’s First Minister regaled the 3,000-strong crowd at the SNP’s spring conference…

Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Douglas Alexander: Facebook makes it more difficult for politicians to campaign

17 March 2015 11:00

Labour is struggling to win back voters in Scotland because of social media conspiracy theories that are difficult to debunk,…

Nicola Sturgeon And SNP Party Activists Launch Election Campaign

The latest economic statistics are a disaster for the SNP (not that it matters)

11 March 2015 11:41

That, pictured above, is what the Scottish government wants you to remember about the latest GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue…


Why this election campaign makes me fear for the future of the United Kingdom

9 February 2015 16:34

After the Scottish referendum campaign, the Union could probably have done with a period of calm. But it is not…


The politician who can fill a venue quicker than Kylie

22 November 2014 14:45

What’s the most significant political story of the week, Ukip winning Rochester or Emily Thornberry’s resignation? Well, I suspect, it…

Nicola Sturgeon Starts Her Tour Of Scotland

Scotland’s Neverendum begins and there’s nothing Unionists can do to stop it

14 November 2014 10:56

Oh look, it’s a Neverendum. Who could have predicted that the SNP (and the wider Yes movement) would treat defeat…

Dublin 1912: a crowd gathers on Sackville Street (as was) for Herbert Asquith after the government introduces a bill for Irish Home Rule. Photo: Getty/Hulton.

A federal UK? Home Rule all round? We have been here before.

24 October 2014 11:48

There are fewer truly new things in politics than you think. The present constitutional uncertainty – which, it should be…

Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

I vow to thee, my Scotland, a small number of earthly things

14 October 2014 19:42

Politics is a funny old game. I could have sworn the Yes campaign lost the Battle for Scotland in pretty…


Add to Miliband’s worries: Can Ukip go after Labour in Scotland?

14 October 2014 15:32

Scottish Ukip MEP David Coburn has been shouting off, as his way, about his party’s prospects north of the border…