Scottish Government

ScotRail Slammed For 'Torturous' Anti-Loitering Devices Aimed At Young People

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Politics

Anti-loitering devices which emit a piercing sound only young people can hear were installed in train stations without a risk assessment. ScotRail is...

Scotland Could Become First Country In The World To Eliminate Period Poverty

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Politics

Scotland could become the first country in the world to introduce legislation that eliminates period poverty. Labour MSP Monica Lennon will table a B...

SNP MP Calls For Cross-Party Alliance To Defeat Hard Brexit

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Politics

The SNP’s Europe spokesman has appealed to other parties in remain-voting Scotland to block hard Brexit in Westminster. Stephen Gethins has called ...

SNP Confirms Scottish Government Still Minded To Block Brexit Bill

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Politics

The SNP-led Scottish Government will not give the Brexit Bill its blessing, despite high-level talks today, branding it a “Westminster power grab”...

Equally Protecting Children

Michael Shanks | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK
Michael Shanks

It is illegal to assault an adult. It is perfectly legal to assault a child in the name of physical punishment. When you put those two statements s...

The Waugh Zone Thursday June 29, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics

1. PAY DAY MAY DAY Another day, another rudderless shipwreck on the high seas of public opinion and policy. Yes, the Government mess over its public...

Pressure Builds On Government Not To Turn Its Back On Child Refugees

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics

A Labour peer who has led the campaign for the government to allow lone child refugees to settle in the UK is urging the Home Office not to scrap the ...

SNP's New Westminster Leader Admits Nerves About His First PMQs

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics

The SNP’s new Westminster leader has admitted “a degree of nervousness” about his first PMQs at the helm today. Ian Blackford, who takes on the ...

Revealed: The DUP's Letters Trying To Curb The Right To Gay Marriage In Scotland

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK

The Democratic Unionist Party lobbied to stop Northern Irish gay couples from upgrading their civil partnerships to marriages in Scotland, newly-publi...

Never 'Bluff' With A Referendum Again Like You Did On Brexit, Government Warned

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK

The Government must never again “bluff” with a referendum and fail to plan for a shock result like Brexit, MPs have warned. Instead, it must prepa...

Sturgeon's Scottish Referendum Demands To Arrive At Downing Street Today

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK

A letter signed by Nicola Sturgeon formally requesting a second Scottish independence referendum is expected to arrive at Downing Street later today. ...

Tensions Between Theresa May And Nicola Sturgeon Explode Over Brexit And Independence

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK

Tensions between Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon have exploded on social media in a fall-out over Brexit and Scottish independence. The pair held a te...

Second Scottish Independence Referendum Ruled Out By Theresa May

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May has ruled out allowing Nicola Sturgeon to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in 2018-19. The prime minister said today “n...

A Tiny Scottish Village Is Showing Solidarity With EU Nationals Amid Brexit Uncertainty

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK

A tiny Scottish village is showing solidarity with EU nationals, who face an uncertain future thanks to Brexit. Jim Fraser, a 59-year-old market resea...

Fiery Spat Erupts In Parliament As Brexit Secretary Loses His Temper With SNP MP

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK

A fiery spat erupted in Parliament on Wednesday as the Brexit Secretary appeared to lose his temper at a critical Scottish MP. David Davis accused Joa...

We Answer Your Questions About The Scottish Independence Referendum

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK

Nicola Sturgeon has said she plans to trigger another Scottish independence referendum - and that she expects to win. Here are your questions answered...

Call To Lower Drink Drive Limit From 80mg to 50mg

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK

The legal drink-drive limit should be lowered in England and Wales to cut alcohol-related accidents, councils and fire authorities have urged. The Loc...

30% Of Tory Activists Would Welcome Scottish Independence

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Politics

Fewer than a third of Tory activists believe that an independent Scotland would cause “serious damage” to the rest of the UK, a new poll has found...

Corporate Parenting: What Can The Westminster Government Do Better?

Chloe Cockett | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Politics
Chloe Cockett

About three years ago, I went to an awards event at a local authority. There were local councillors there, including the cabinet member with responsibility for looked after children and care leavers. That cabinet member stood up and said to the care leavers there that the councillors were their corporate parents.

The Brexit Court Ruling Confirms My July Blog - An Open Letter to Theresa May

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

Dear Theresa -- I hate to say it, but I told you so! In a blog published here on12 July 2016, I told you that the Brexit referendum result is pure...


Corri Wilson | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Politics
Corri Wilson

Carers do an invaluable job - these all too often unsung heroes are the back-bone of care in our communities and play an indispensable role in supporting the needs of loved ones, often at enormous cost to their own health and well-being.

UK Government Must Listen to Scotland and Bring Back Post-Study Work Visas

Margaret Ferrier MP | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Politics
Margaret Ferrier MP

The message is clear: allow us to keep some of the international students that we educate to such a high standard and invite them to help us grow our economy. Westminster can't have it both ways - if it is up to us to grow our population then Scotland should control the means to do just that.

The Scotland Bill Is a Real Opportunity for Scotland - It Should Be Grasped With Both Hands

Ian Murray | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Murray

This SNP Government has been in power for nearly eight years. In a historic political context that is an incredibly long time. They have achieved little and are now promising less. Let the new powers coming in the Scotland Bill be welcomed and utilised for the benefit of everyone.

Is Scotland Really Creating a National Identity Scheme?

Jim Killock | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Tech
Jim Killock

Your criminal record, educational attainment and health data could be used to decide when the state should intervene in your life, and equally, when to withdraw benefits from people who are deemed less needy.

Charitable Status for Private Schools Is Wrong

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Gordonstoun's, whose alumni include the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, was reduced from £148,086 to £29,618, a taxpayer funded subsidy of £118, 468. Wester Hailes state school, where over 40% of pupils are are eligible for free school-meals, paid its tax liability of £261,873 in full... How can this be right or fair?