Scottish Politics

How the Ghost of Ireland Past Haunts the SNP's Promised Land

Kevin Toolis | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics
Kevin Toolis

But who really knows what the future brings when you are ending a 300-year-old political union We do have one good historical model of what it is like to carve out a nationalist state from within the political union of the UK but it is not one the SNP are keen to cite...

The Scottish Conservatives' Phoenix Moment

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 13.06.2014 | 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...

With Just a Hundred Days to Go, the SNP Still Have a Mountain of Public Scepticism to Climb

Jim Murphy MP | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jim Murphy MP

The truth is that after two years of campaigning the SNP haven't managed to move the ball forward in any game changing way at all. Having failed to become the 'momentum campaign' the SNP went in search of elusive big moments. But to those who have been following events closely the SNP's campaign has been a series of false starts and stumbled half answers.

Northern Ireland - the Elephant in the Room of Scottish Independence

Daniel Marriott | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Marriott

With just three months to go until the referendum which will determine whether the UK in its current form survives or divides, much of the attention paid by the media has focused on Scotland's ability to survive as an independent sovereign state, and the possible repercussions of independence on England. But there is one part of the UK which has been sorely neglected - Northern Ireland...

A Passionate Case for the Union

David Knowles | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Knowles

Of course many people around the United Kingdom are fed up with conventional politics, disgusted by the sleaze, expenses scandals and London centricity. But that does not mean we should give up on the union. Rather, we should be even more engaged in it to change it for the better. It is only by acting together that we can make the United Kingdom work for everyone.

A Watching Brief

Ed Mayo | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

So whatever the initial outcome it's the negotiations after the vote that will be crucial to the future political set-up. It's at that point that Co-operatives UK will have the opportunity to determine the best way to respond.

Independence vs. Oil-Dependence: The Scottish Referendum

Peter Rolton | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

With so many separate points of uncertainty surrounding the concept of an independent Scotland, it is incredibly difficult to picture what it might look like should the nation vote 'Yes' on 18th September.

Scots Are Being Robbed of Their Vote

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

As it stands, everyone over 16 currently resident in Scotland is eligible to vote in the referendum. Armed Forces personnel with their base in Scotland serving on tour can apply for a postal vote. Of course, a line has to be drawn somewhere, so my proposal is this: Anyone born in Scotland over 16 currently living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland should also be allowed to vote in the referendum on September 18...

For Once, It's Not the Economy, Stupid - Scotland's Future Is Bigger Than That

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

As a keen observer, I'm growing tired of hearing endless streams of back and forth about the economics of independence. Of course the issue deserves scrutiny, and will continue to be at the forefront of most of the rhetoric, but it would be helpful if the debate expanded beyond this one issue...

Asa Bennett

10 Business Leaders Who Want Scotland To Stay In The UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Scottish independence has been a divisive issue that has split opinion in the business world, as bosses decide whether to back first minister Alex Sal...

Scotland's Dance Between Yes and No

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

Political campaigns must be driven, maintain message discipline and have a stroke or two of luck along the way in order to succeed. Ballet is, in many senses, very similar; it requires dedication, almost unparalleled discipline and, of course, a healthy dose of natural ability...

Scotland's Children's Bill Paves Way for Childcare Transformation

Aileen Campbell | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics
Aileen Campbell

Last month Scotland took a big step towards a shared ambition to make our country among the best in the world to grow up. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation to deliver greater support for children and families through a range of measures, including improvements to how we help our most vulnerable young people in care.

Scottish Independence and the Film Industry

Ben Kempas | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Kempas

Setting up a large film studio in Scotland has long been seen as key to attracting international and British productions. Just two days after this panel in Glasgow, Pinewood announced they were going to build their new studios for film and 'high end TV' in Wales instead of Scotland -- estimated to bring some £90 million to local Welsh businesses alone.

Supporters Of The Union Need to Find Their Heart

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

The last two weeks of the debate about Scotland's future remind me of Celtic FC's season. Until recently it was quite one sided - they are undefeated in the domestic league, successfully qualified for the Champions League and were on a good run in the Scottish Cup.

A Vote to Remain in the UK Is a Vote for Certainty and Stability

Alan Savage | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Savage

I have a great respect for the down-to-earth common sense of the people of Scotland and trust that on 18 September they will see through this fog of corny and misinformed SNP propaganda that has been kicked around since the 1930s and vote no to uncertainty.

Scotland's Referendum: The Absent Voices Will Not Forever Be Silent

John Nugeé | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Nugeé

One of the truisms of the Referendum campaign is that the vote on 18 September will decide not just the future of Scotland, but also that of the rest ...

Why the YES Campaign Needs Labour Voters

Alan Wyllie | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

It is simple mathematics: For Scotland to vote Yes in the Independence Referendum, Pro-Independence campaigners need to persuade traditional Labour voters to turn against the Labour party and vote Yes in September. Without these votes, the sums don't add up and a No vote is inevitable.

Independence Is a Risk That We Don't Need to Take

Alistair Darling | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alistair Darling

The choice we face is clear - believe Alex Salmond or believe the experts and the facts. As part of the UK, we are better placed to tackle the long term challenge of sustainable public finances. Things are difficult just now, but the IFS report makes clear that they would get much worse if we separated from the UK. That is a risk that we really don't need to take. Coming little more than a week before the publication of the SNP's crucial White Paper, the IFS report poses a significant challenge for Alex Salmond. The White Paper must face up to the consequences of independence, including the need for big spending cuts and tax rises. If it doesn't, then it won't be worth the paper it is written on.

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.

Scotland's Proud Cultural Heritage Benefits From Being in the UK

Margaret Curran | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Politics
Margaret Curran

In Scotland we can be proud of not just having a great cultural heritage, and to lay claim to the likes of Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson, but we can also be proud of the many modern companies that we can call our own...

What Would It Take for Scotland to Vote YES in 2014?

Andrew Smith | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

With less than a year to go before Scotland goes to the polls it looks like game, set and match to the pro-union campaign. It's been over six years since the SNP was first elected to government, yet the polls on independence have barely shifted.

Do Not Adjust Your Set!

Blair McDougall | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Politics
Blair McDougall

The nationalist position on the BBC has long been caught between the political need to reassure people that a valued institution will continue and their ideological desire to dismantle something that, for them, represents a shared British experience.

The Biggest Privatisation in Two Decades, and not a Peep out of the Scottish Government

Ann McKechin | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

The Business, Innovation and Skills committee plan to quiz the secretary of state on the privatisation this autumn. I hope that by then the Scottish Government might have at least hinted at what would happen to postal services in an independent Scotland. With less than 18 months until the referendum, it's another uncertainty that the people of Scotland deserve to have clarified.

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.

Music, Memory and Subversion: Two Scottish Poets' Second Books

Robert Peake | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert Peake

What follows is an interview with Rob A. Mackenzie, author of The Good News (Salt, 2013) and Andrew Philip, author of The North End of the Possible (S...