Scotland having the unicorn - yes, the unicorn - as its national animal is quite extraordinary and dates back to the 12th century when it was in the Celtic mythology, but did you know it is not the only country with an interesting national animal?
Ever since its foundation, the Labour party has not been democratic. Rather it has been ruled by the powerful in the form of trade union bosses, its own leadership and the parliamentary party. Its idea of being a 'workers' party' has been more in the Soviet mould than in the mould of European social democracy.
If this is what happens after just three months, the end of this government term may make Thatcherism seem like a kiddies' tea party - except it won't be much of of a party, as more people will come to rely on food banks, more will be made homeless or die due to austerity, which will increase, more vulnerable and disabled people will be forced to look for work that doesn't exist and the NHS will be further pillaged and stripped of value.
Before the independence referendum last year, promises were made for substantial new powers to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament, but these are not being delivered by David Cameron's government - so a key task for the SNP in the months ahead will be to hold him to account and ensure that Scotland is given the job-creating powers it badly needs.
The Scottish National Party is a genuinely unique animal in our modern politics. It has grown from being the butt of many a political joke to become the dominant force in the Scottish Parliament in just a few election cycles. It now occupies a large swathe of the green benches in a Parliament that its members and politicians would rather not have any part of and their forward momentum, depending on how the next Holyrood elections go, shows no sign of ending.
Here are some highlights of foodie tips and places to visit which I came across during my recent visit to Edinburgh.
We were greeted warmly at reception and our luggage was carried up to our room by one of the staff. Situated next to reception was the bar and restaurant, which were decorated in warm, dark colours and an ornate staircase, with decorative lighting hanging all the way up, led from the reception up to the bedrooms.
It's clear that this change in legislation is long overdue, and despite practical concerns about how to revise the law, the Scottish government's extensive consultations with NGOs, charities and companies with a solid understanding of historical child abuse is laudable.
There was a distinctly Orwellian flavour to the story that dominated Scottish politics over this past weekend. Former first minister, and current SNP ...
On a Friday morning, after already enjoying two days in Edinburgh, we headed to The Indigo hotel, centrally located in the New Town area right near Calton Hill and the Edinburgh Playhouse, where we were looking forward to staying for the night.
I really enjoy having afternoon tea and most of my experiences have been spent with my Mum, who also loves the experience. We were both excited to h...
Whilst we are campaigning in Scotland, we hope that we can spark enough debate and awareness that this issue can trickle down throughout the rest of the UK. We hope that others can see this campaign, and feel confident enough to kickstart their own. The time to get serious is now - if we allow another generation of LGBT youth to feel marginalised, isolated and excommunicated within their own schools - then we, as a society, have failed.
The rationale for the Conservative Government continuing to push through HS2, the proposed high speed rail link, can easily be summed up by these immo...
Last month, my Mum and I caught the train from Manchester to Edinburgh for a girls break to celebrate her 65th birthday. After a comfortable journey in first class, taking just over three hours, we arrived in Edinburgh at lunchtime and took a short five minute cab ride to The Chester Residence, where we were staying for two nights.
The Opposition that doesn't Oppose is not something to aspire to. If Labour hadn't permanently destroyed any chance of recapturing those left wing votes they have lost to the SNP in Scotland or to the Greens and Plaid Cymru in England and Wales before the election then they have assured that outcome tonight.
The UK's childcare system is broken. In Scotland, where I lead a major children's charity, multiple factors mean the current settlement penalises many families. The first issue is, simply, cost... There is also a profound crisis of availability. Many parents find it impossible to access childcare provision that fulfils the needs of their child and complements work or study.