Scottish Parliament

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 ...

SNP Seeks Minimum Alcohol Price

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Politics

The Scottish Government has announced it will seek a minimum pricing of 50p per unit of alcohol. Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon made the announce...

Trump Blows Into Town

Lesley Riddoch | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Politics
Lesley Riddoch

Hollywood took on Holyrood yesterday - and Holyrood won. Donald Trump swept theatrically into the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh intent on halting construction of a pioneering offshore wind turbine test centre near his controversial golf course, north of Aberdeen. But faced with the polite, persistent questioning of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), Trump visibly ran out of steam.

Trump To Fight Wind Turbine 'Monstrosities' Before Scottish Parliament

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Politics

American billionaire Donald Trump will take his fight against wind farms to the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday. The outspoken businessman, who ha...

Trump In Hot Air Outburst Against Wind Farms

PA | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK

US tycoon Donald Trump has warned that wind farms could "completely end" tourism in Scotland and the country is "in effect committing financial suicid...

Be Proud To Wear The Cross, Urges Church Leader

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2012 | UK

Christians should wear a cross on their clothes every day as "a symbol of their beliefs", according to the head of the Catholic church in Scotland. ...

Alex Salmond: Scottish Independence Campaign To Start In May

PA | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Politics

The Scottish independence campaign will be launched in May more than two years before the yes campaign's preferred date, First Minister Alex Salmond s...

And The Date Of The Referendum Is...

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2012 | UK Politics

The first edition of the Scottish Sun Sunday has claimed to name the date of the independence referendum. The headline reads 'Day of destiny' with ...

Scotland Poll Shows Divisions Over Indpendence

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK Politics

The gap between backers and opponents of Scottish independence stands at around 5%, a new poll has suggested. A survey for The Sunday Times and Rea...

Could Assisted Suicide Become Legal In Scotland?

PA | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK Politics

A fresh attempt to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland is being launched today despite defeat just over a year ago. Veteran politician Margo MacD...

Could Scots Living In England Vote In An Independence Referendum?

PA | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK Politics

Demands to give Scots living outside Scotland a vote in the independence referendum will be debated by MSPs on Wednesday. Scottish Labour MSP Elain...