Nicola Sturgeon

The Commonwealth Games Have Caused A Ding Dong About Scottish Independence...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics

Scotland's record medal-haul at the Commonwealth Games will push its people to voting for independence in September, the SNP has said, prompting a bac...

Scotland's Ukip MEP: Salmond Is 'Borg In Chief' And A 'Prototype Dictator'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics

Update: The Scottish National Party has called on Better Together to disown Ukip's Scotland MEP David Coburn's "ludicrous and insulting remarks". In r...

IDS Warns Independent Scotland: Your Benefits Bill Will Soar

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has warned Scottish voters that an independent Scotland would see its bill for benefits and pensions soar. The work and pensions ...

Scotland's Yes Campaign Is 'Unstoppable', SNP Conference Told

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK

Scotland is on the "threshold" of becoming independent, the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared. She said that while there is "much ...

Salmond's Scottish Independence Plan 'Does Not Add Up'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond's blueprint for independence "does not add up", with Nationalists ignoring the need for deficit reduction while promising at least £670 ...

Blocking Scotland's EU Membership Would Be An 'Affront To Democracy', SNP Says

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics

It would be an "affront to democracy" for other European countries to prevent an independent Scotland becoming a member of the European Union, Nicola ...

What Should An Independent Scotland Call New Currency'?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK

So an independent Scotland won't be able to keep the pound, says George Osborne, the latest in a series of hurdles the size of Hadrian's Wall to be pl...

George Osborne: Scottish Nationalist?

Nash Riggins | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Mr Osborne's refusal to hammer out a currency union with the SNP is not an argument against independence, but rather a reason to vote in favour of it. That's because without a union, Scots will be free to establish their own monetary policy and maintain full control over their economy.

Scottish Independence, the EU and the Rebate Debate

Ben Acheson | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Let's not digress into white paper bashing though, plenty of others have excoriated it already. The point is that Scotland's monumental decision is on the horizon and too many crucial questions remain unanswered... The future of a nation cannot be decided on conjecture and supposition alone. We need answers.

No Mayday Call Before Glasgow Crash

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Officials have defended the response to the Glasgow helicopter crash after relatives of missing people said it was taking "too long". Scotland's De...

Take It From a Welsh Girl: Why Scotland Shouldn't Pursue Independence

Rebeca Moss | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rebeca Moss

As a Welsh girl studying in Edinburgh, it is with a heavy heart that I hear the nationalistic cries for independence. You can't fool me SNP, with your White Papers and your shoddy economic policies. I've heard it all before, albeit in slightly Welsher accents.

Independent Scotland 'Could Lose Royal Navy Deals'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics

Scotland could lose major Royal Navy shipbuilding contracts if it gains independence in next year's referendum, Cabinet ministers have warned. The...

A Question of Trust

Sophie Rodger | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sophie Rodger

This doesn't of course mean that everyone is convinced by Salmond's arguments on independence, but it does mean that the SNP and their leader enjoy considerably more credibility than Blair McDougall is willing to admit.

Salmond and the SNP Fire Up Their Engines

Simon Fitzpatrick | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Fitzpatrick

For Alex Salmond's part, he still clearly has his sights set on a debate with David Cameron, which would fit perfectly with a narrative of 'Scottish Government versus Westminster Government'. Only after Cameron has agreed to this, or else exited the debate altogether, will Salmond debate a "substitute" such as Alistair Darling.

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 18 October 2013

Paddy Duffy | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

Basically, the whole world is falling apart. Nadine Dorries' never-ending quest for people to look and listen to her should probably not surprise, but her attempt to become Deputy Speaker was somehow even more ridiculous than her decision to wear Mick Dundee clothes and eat wallaby bollocks for a few weeks.

What Did Alex Salmond Spend £20,000 Trying To Hide?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond spent nearly £20,000 trying to hide the fact that the Scottish government did not take any independent legal advice on Scotland's potent...

Real Promises Come With a Price

Blair McDougall | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics
Blair McDougall

I know from own time working in Government that policymaking is frustratingly hard. Change is difficult. Most policy is complex. In the few examples where policy is simple tend to be expensive. Like diets that promise you can eat as much as you like and still lose weight, the nationalist promise of effort-free and cost-free change is too good to be true.

Ned Simons

Alistair Darling: Alex Salmond Would Make Scotland An 'Economic Pariah'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond would turn an independent Scotland into an "economic pariah", former chancellor Alistair Darling has warned. Writing for The Huffingto...

Salmond's Default Position Bankrupts His Credibility

Alistair Darling | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
Alistair Darling

Salmond thinks that suggesting a debt free start is good politics, but people understand there are consequences. If you declare yourself bankrupt you don't start anew with a fresh slate, your bad credit history follows you around for the rest of your life. The consequences for borrowing, business and mortgages would be dire.

Scotland Has Every Right to Be Confident About Our Economic Prospects

Nicola Sturgeon | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Politics
Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland not only has massive economic strengths - we are financially strong too. This impressive track record in innovation, our wealth of natural resources and skilled workforce means that Scotland has every right to be confident about our economic prospects as an independent country.

Salmond: Scotland Would Be Just Fine On Its Own

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK

Scotland's prosperity is being "held up" by being part of the United Kingdom, Alex Salmond has claimed. The First Minister has published a paper sh...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Dave's Love Letter To The Loons

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics

Then ten things you need to know on Tuesday 21 May 2013... 1) DAVE'S LOVE LETTER TO THE LOONS Under fire from his activists and backbenchers, un...

Scottish Benefit Cuts 'Could Cost 17,000'

PA | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Politics

The cut to Scottish benefits will be nearly twice as high as UK government estimates and could result in 17,000 job cuts, according to the deputy firs...

Sturgeon: Referendum Our 'Date With Destiny'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Politics

The next 18 months will be the most exciting in Scotland's history as the country prepares to vote in the independence referendum, Deputy First Minist...

'Hypocrisy' from IDS Over Claims Scotland Can't Pay Its Own Welfare Bill

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Politics

Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of "hypocrisy" by the Scottish government after he claimed Scotland couldn't afford its...