Scottish Parliament

The SNP Borrows Margaret Thatcher Slogan For Election Campaign Billboard

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Scottish National Party has been mocked by the Labour Party after it appeared to lift a slogan once used by Margaret Thatcher on an election billb...

Getting It Right: Voter Registration Lessons For The UK

Oliver Sidorczuk | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
Oliver Sidorczuk

In Britain, we have a serious, growing problem with the health of our democracy. Yet policy-makers have systematically failed to look beyond our shores and undertake even a basic search for the available solutions to our problems.

Between Using the Powers of the Scottish Parliament and Making Cuts to Our Children's Future, We Must Choose to Use Our Powers

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

The whole point of devolution was about being able to do things differently. In Scotland we don't have to accept Tory austerity - we can reject it, protect education and build a fairer and more prosperous Scotland. The Scottish budget gets its first reading in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow. Today I'm setting out a different plan.

MSPs Forced Into Debating The Legalisation Of Incest - Despite No Public Support

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK

The Scottish Parliament has been forced to hold one of its most bizarre ever debates after one man put forward a petition to legalise incest. Richa...

Scotland Needs a Radical New Approach to Drugs

Sean Morton | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Sean Morton

It's time Scottish Labour carved out a new position on justice - more liberal, more welfarist, more distinct. Only when we stand square on the big issues like justice, on the plight of drug abuse on our communities, will people see what Labour is for in 2016. It's time to put heart and head together and change Scotland for the better.

Why I'm Campaigning So No Police Widow Like Myself Is Left Behind

Cathryn Louise Hall | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Cathryn Louise Hall

Our mantra from day one of the campaign has been, "No police widow left behind," this now extends to widowers and civil partners; we will continue to campaign until we achieve parity with Northern Ireland and lifelong pensions for all police survivors.

The Labour Party Needs to Be More Explicitly Anti-Austerity

Ken Macintosh MSP | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Ken Macintosh MSP

The austerity economics at the heart of this Conservative Government are about far more than welfare cuts. They reflect a socially divisive and economically damaging. attempt to drastically reduce public services and to reshape the relationship between the citizen and the state.

Indyref2 Is a Distraction, Not an Inevitability

Alan Grant | Posted 28.07.2015 | 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 ...

Just and Fair...

James Christie | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK
James Christie

Police Scotland finally found John Yuill and Lamara Bell in the their crashed Renault Clio just off the M9 near Stirling on Wednesday 8th July, nearly...

Is Scotland Being Let Down By UK Immigration Policy?

Nash Riggins | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Scotland has always been a relatively multicultural place. Almost a fifth of central belt residents were born outside of the UK, and this foreign-born population is getting smarter and more highly skilled every year.

The Smith Commission Does Surprisingly Well

John Watson | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Watson

The immediate need is for a roadmap which enables Westminster to honour the promises made in the independence debate. That the Commission has delivered.

The Mathematics of Devolution

John Watson | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Watson

Whatever one might think politically, the Scottish "No" vote avoids some nasty questions for those of us who live south of the border. Would we have found a new home for Trident? Would the reduction of clout have prevented us reforming the EU? Would it have lost us our seat on the Security Council?...

Pride Comes Before a Fall - Are Scots too Proud?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Whatever the outcome of the vote on Scottish independence, the campaign has been marked by a surge of Scottish pride and nationalism. Both sides of the debate have united over the idea that it's wonderful to be proud to be Scottish. But is it possible that excessive nationalism could damage Scotland?

The Issue With Scottish Independence Is Not 'Yes' Or 'No', It Is When and How

Malory Nye | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

I feel in my bones that perhaps, yes quite maybe, that the time is now right to say The Time is Now, the time for Scotland to take charge of ourselves. A once in a lifetime opportunity for peaceful independence for Scotland should not be missed.

The Scottish Conservatives' Phoenix Moment

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

When the outlook is bleak, and has seemingly been ever thus, reacting positively is not a simple task. Faced with this in our personal lives, most of us seek personal and professional support. Rarely would we proceed headlong into the abyss manically cackling that, if we just stick to the plan, all will be well. Throw in a moment of existential reflection and this mix has all the ingredients for a tragic end...

Gay Marriage in Scotland and the Gap Between Politicians and the Public

Mike Judge | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Judge

When the Scottish Parliament was instituted, it was supposed to give the Scottish public a voice. It was supposed to reflect the will of the nation. But, in actual fact, it simply reflects the will of the political elite. No wonder so many Scots are skeptical about full independence.

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Key Hurdle In Scotland

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK

The first key hurdle in implementing a law that would legalise same-sex marriage in Scotland has passed the Scottish Parliament, with MSPs backing a c...

The English Are Way Behind Politically in the Page 3 Debate

Stephanie Davies-Arai | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Davies-Arai

A good number of men have always supported the No More Page 3 campaign from the start but as the debate about Page 3 receives more and more publicity the proportion of men signing the petition has grown exponentially.

I've Got the Scottish Virus

Rob McDowall | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

The Scottish Independence debate sparks fierce emotion on both sides of the camp and the colour of your rosette aside, strong support can be found on Twitter and Facebook from across the political spectrum.

Campaign to Recognise Kurdish Genocide Gathering Global Momentum

Gary Kent | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The more countries that mark the Kurdish genocide, through parliaments, governments, towns, civic groups, school talks and visits the better. There is a handful of memorials in Britain. There should be more. The 25th anniversary of Halabja has helped develop an international momentum that puts the past Kurdish Genocide and the future of the Kurdish people firmly on the map.

A Regressive Move Which Would Further Stigmatise and Endanger Sex Workers

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Feis-Bryce

If Rhoda Grant and Lord Morrow's Bills are implemented, sex workers will be subject to more harm and risk and will have less recourse to support and protection from the law than they do currently. These proposals are built on an ideological foundation rather than couched in research.

Salmond's Choice

Henry C.H. Hill | Posted 23.12.2012 | UK Politics
Henry C.H. Hill

In short, does he choose the chance of victory but risk his party, or privately concede the result in order to guarantee the unity of his base. It is a difficult judgement call that only he can make - but too many more half-measures and he may end up with the worst of both options, and the comforts of neither.

Two MSPs Quit SNP Over Nato Support

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Politics

Two MSPs have quit the SNP in opposition to the party's new support for Nato, it has been confirmed. John Finnie and Jean Urquhart were among eight...

Will Scotland Make Paying For Sex Illegal?

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Politics

The Scottish Parliament is to consider an outright ban on prostitution, after a Labour MSP called for paying for sex in any way to be outlawed. T...

More Legionnaire's Deaths 'Can't Be Ruled Out'

PA | Posted 08.06.2012 | UK

Further deaths from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease cannot be ruled out, doctors warned, as people from further afield fell ill. There are 24 ...