Nicola Sturgeon

Reflections on a No Vote: The Scottish Question Is Far From Settled

Andrew Smith | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The short term heat may be on Labour, but in the long term it will be turned on the wider political class. The stakes could not be higher. The successful implementation of devolution could entrench the union for another generation...

Alex Salmond Quits As Scottish First Minister After Referendum Defeat

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond has announced he will quit as Scottish first minister and leader of the SNP, following the decision by voters to reject Scottish independ...

Asa Bennett

Ukip Has Big Plans In Scotland Now #IndyRef Is Over

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Politics

Spurred on by Scots rejecting independence in yesterday's referendum, Ukip is aiming to break through into the Scottish Parliament as the party boasts...

Ned Simons

'I Am Embarrassed To Be Scottish,' Yes Voters Are Sad

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Politics

EDINBURGH - As polls closed at 10pm last night, hundreds of vocal Yes campaigners singing the Scottish national anthem and waving flags descended on t...

The UK Is A-Changin'

Iain Anderson | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

The only poll worth watching was the final one. While commentators, business and markets have twitched and twittered with the gyrations of #indyref polls in the past month - NO has won this referendum by a clear margin. While David Cameron will breathe a huge sign of relief - a vote of no confidence is off the table from even his own side - you have to agree with SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon - that "Scotland has changed forever" But that change is not just coming to Scotland - it now looks like a federal UK is on the cards.

I'm Voting Yes Because Scotland Is Capable Of Better

Fearghas Kelly | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Politics
Fearghas Kelly

The opportunity that befalls us on Thursday is one of an exceptional preciousness; one that has been campaigned for with positivity and creativity. It is an opportunity, at its simplest, to compare how Scotland is run to how Scotland could be run, and to find the faith in ourselves to make the decision that we can do better.

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

No Campaign 'Engulfed In Panic' After Shock Poll

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics

The campaign to keep Scotland in the UK has become "engulfed in panic" after the latest poll showed the independence campaign has a narrow lead for th...

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.