JK Rowling Champions Dugdale's Powerful Speech Against Tory 'Rape Clause'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK

Kezia Dugdale has been widely praised for her powerful speech at Holyrood on Tuesday against the Tories’ controversial “rape clause”. The Scott...

Scotland Is Failing Sexual Assault Victims And It's Unacceptable

Alexander Morgan | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Alexander Morgan

As a survivor of assault myself, I can say from first-hand experience how much courage and bravery it takes to tell someone you've been violated. You sweat buckets, struggle to draw breath, shake like an ancient Nokia as you stumble on every word - trying to figure out a way of saying what you need to without saying the "R" word.

Neverendum: How The SNP Are Failing Scotland With Their Obsessive Independence Policy

Tom Hinchcliffe | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Hinchcliffe

The SNP need to focus on protecting Scottish public services, Scottish education and the Scottish economy. Rather, they are fruitlessly chasing ambitions of an independent Scotland - one that, time and time again, the Scottish people have shown they do not want.

Time's Up: It's Time for Politicians to Fulfil #ThePledge

Oliver Sidorczuk | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Politics
Oliver Sidorczuk

You wouldn't realise it with all the hype around the EU referendum, but today hundreds of elections will take place across the UK, including the Scott...

At the Scottish Election Thursday: First Vote Labour; Second Vote Tory?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

Whether Labour or the Conservatives takes second place on Thursday (May 5) is the talking point of the Scottish election. Betting company Paddy Power thinks Labour; Professor John Curtice says it could go either way.

Scotland Needs a Donald Trump

Alan Grant | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

There is something about Donald Trump and his Presidential campaign that I really like. This may sound odd for a columnist who has previously called M...

Oops - Are the SNP's Roots Showing?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

Within the huge influx of members into the party there may come echoes of nationalism's uglier face, puffed up with notions of the innate superiority of the Scots to other races. Hence the kind of racial abuse that Yen Hongmei Jin experienced. Is the Party's Chief Executive Peter Murrell on top of his brief on this?

Holyrood 2016: The First Scottish Presidential Election

Alan Grant | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

If the reader has been able to draw their gaze away from the new series of House of Cards they will know that there is a real-life American Presidenti...

Lib Dems: A Party Without A Message?

Louise Wilson | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

I hope the tide starts to turn for the Lib Dems. Indeed, they campaign on many issues that many other parties hold dear: a more proportional electoral system, reformation of the House of Lords, devolving power to local communities. And whilst I don't agree with much of their policy, they could help to form one of the strongest cross-party oppositions to the Scottish Government at a time when this is desperately needed.

Nicola Sturgeon To Take Over Westminster To Battle Invading Aliens

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK

She has been dubbed the "Queen of Scots" and ensured the SNP will dominate Holyrood for years, but Nicola Sturgeon now faces the greatest test yet of ...

Labour Lists Show a Party Unwilling to Change

Louise Wilson | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

Scottish Labour will seriously lose out in this election, of that there is little doubt. Amid speculation that the Conservatives may even beat them to the punch as the SNPs main part of opposition, Labour released its regional list rankings. How will the makeup of the parliamentary party have changed after May?

Under 18s Soon Able To Vote In Scottish Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Sixteen and 17-year-olds in Scotland will soon be able to vote, after a landmark law was passed by MSPs in Holyrood. The key new piece of legislati...

Edinburgh Campaigner and Equality Advocate Jamie Szymkowiak In 2016 Scottish Parliament Bid

Rob McDowall | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

A common criticism of politicians is that they don't represent the people they serve and with the political awakening which followed the Scottish independence referendum in September last year, an influx of new and diverse prospective political candidates was sure to challenge that notion.

Indyref2 Is a Distraction, Not an Inevitability

Alan Grant | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

There was a distinctly Orwellian flavour to the story that dominated Scottish politics over this past weekend. Former first minister, and current SNP ...

Sturgeon Lambasts Scotland Bill Over Westminster's Ability To Veto

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics

Nicola Sturgeon lambasted a Bill designed to give Scotland broad new powers on Thursday, saying it failed to deliver on the findings of the cross-part...

Campaign to Bolster the Voice of Disabled Voters in Scotland

Rob McDowall | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

With one in five people of working age in Scotland having a disability, equality campaigner and SNP member Jamie Szymkowiak set up the One in Five Campaign with Labour Party activist Pam Duncan-Glancy.

SNP Demands Scottish Government Be Given Full Control Of Taxes

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

The Scottish Government has called for Holyrood to be given full control of all taxes and welfare in its submission to the commission tasked with reac...

The Flowering of Satire in the Caledonian Spring

Sara Sheridan | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

Kevin Bridges joked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month that in the wake of the Referendum vote in Scotland it was as if the whole country was...

Scottish Parliament Passes Gay Marriage Bill

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK

The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of legislation that will allow same-sex couples to marry in what is being described as an "historic" vote....

English Devolution - The Next Step Towards a Fairer System?

Richard L Wood | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Richard L Wood

The stories of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish devolution have generally been successful. But is it time to take a step further and give England its own parliament? Should we take a another leap down the road to federalism? And what will its repercussions be?

Why Is Smoking Behind the Wheel Still Legal?

Nash Riggins | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

On Tuesday, Scottish MSP Jim Hume launched a proposal that aims to see smoking banned in all Scottish vehicles where children are present - and while the policy is undeniably a step in the right direction, it also completely lacks ambition.

Scottish Lawmakers Jump at Another Chance to Argue Over Nothing

Nash Riggins | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

This week, Scotland's lawmakers are sitting down to stage a debate on the legacy of Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher - carving yet another notch into the Scottish Parliament's already prolific belt that celebrates the body's obsession with utterly pointless parliamentary procedure.

Scottish Referendum Agreement To Be Signed

PA | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK Politics

The debate on Scottish independence will begin in earnest this week as Holyrood and Westminster prepare to sign an agreement on the holding of a 2014 ...

Trump Blows Into Town

Lesley Riddoch | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics
Lesley Riddoch

Hollywood took on Holyrood yesterday - and Holyrood won. Donald Trump swept theatrically into the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh intent on halting construction of a pioneering offshore wind turbine test centre near his controversial golf course, north of Aberdeen. But faced with the polite, persistent questioning of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), Trump visibly ran out of steam.

Donald Trump Claims Holyrood 'Lured' Him Into Investing

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK

Donald Trump has complained he was "lured" into investing in Scotland by two First Ministers. The US businessman said he was assured by Alex Salmon...