Scottish Politics

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.

People My Age Have Had Their Aspirations Crushed by Austerity - It's Time to Change That

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

Everyone deserves a home and a chance, but too many people my age in Scotland are either living at home with their parents or stuck in expensive rents unable to get that first foot on the property ladder. Home ownership is a big ambition for hundreds of thousands of Scots, but for too many people my age it remains an ambition rather than a reality.

New Year's Resolutions That I'd Love to See My Tory Counterparts at Westminster Adopt in 2016

Anne McLaughlin | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Politics
Anne McLaughlin

As a former member of the Scottish Parliament, I'd be tempted to suggest that the light and airy business-like atmosphere of Holyrood might make a refreshing change in working environment for some of my Westminster opposition.

Could the Tories Beat Labour in Scotland?

Pete Wishart | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics
Pete Wishart

There's something interesting going on in the opinion polls and, unfortunately for our friends in Scottish Labour, it isn't the battle for the top spot. If the opinion polls are to be believed - and that's with the usual cautionary big 'If' - it's the battle for second place that is proving to be the most intriguing.

RISE Conference: From the Floor

Jordan Daly | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
Jordan Daly

This weekend, I attended my first political conference. Like many other young people across Scotland, my engagement with active politics began throughout the 2014 referendum - the energy, vibrancy and diversity that the campaign created was infectious; and it left a lot of us with a drive to effect real change through direct activism and participation.

Scunnered by Scot-free British Passport Redesign

Jackie Kemp | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

I'm a proud Scot as well as a Brit, and I fear that when I get my new passport with the Greatest Englishman on every single page, it's going to annoy me every time I look at it. And I'm a 'No' voter.

The Reality Is That the SNP Fear a Corbyn-led Labour Party - And So They Should

Neil Findlay | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Findlay

I think most Scots who oppose Tory austerity will feel let down by the fact that Nicola and her SNP colleagues chose constitutional obsessing as their priority, at a time when they could have focused a genuine united front against the cuts. The reality is that they fear a Corbyn led Labour party and a party led by him as a real threat and so they should.

The Rise of the Left Is Vitally Important for Scotland's Future

Jordan Daly | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jordan Daly

Let RISE fill that void, and give it a chance. Don't wipe them out just yet - wait, follow their campaign trail and you'll see that they're a very much needed breath of fresh air. And, when it comes to your second ballot in May - RISE with us for a better Scotland.

Watch Nicola Sturgeon Deliver Two Happy Men's Marriage Proposal

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK

Scotland's First Minister found herself the unlikely officiary of a marriage proposal on behalf of one young man to his male partner at a packed publi...

This Latest Poll Rubbishes The 'Corbyn Isn't Electable' Argument

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 15.08.2015 | UK

Voters would more likely back Labour in an election under leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn than any of his rivals, a new poll reveals. The find...

Just 100 Days In and It's Clear This Government Doesn't Care

Alan McGee | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Politics
Alan McGee

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.

Edinburgh Campaigner and Equality Advocate Jamie Szymkowiak In 2016 Scottish Parliament Bid

Rob McDowall | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

A common criticism of politicians is that they don't represent the people they serve and with the political awakening which followed the Scottish independence referendum in September last year, an influx of new and diverse prospective political candidates was sure to challenge that notion.

Turns Out English Voters Were Scared To Back Labour Over SNP Fears

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics

Conservative campaigns that warned of a Labour-SNP coalition in the aftermath of the May 2015 General Election were key to David Cameron remaining pri...

Labour Is Calling for a More Ambitious and Comprehensive Devolution Agenda to Every Part of the Country

Emma Reynolds | Posted 05.07.2015 | UK Politics
Emma Reynolds

For all the Tories warm words, it is Labour that has led the way on devolution... We are calling on the government to deliver an ambitious and comprehensive package on devolution, handing power to every area and region of our country North and South, East and West.

Delivering Radical Constitutional Change Is in Labour's DNA - We Must Grab This Opportunity With Both Hands

Ian Murray | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Murray

Labour's defeat in Scotland was a political event of seismic proportions. The message of the defeat was that we had lost the trust of thousands of voters. It was not that they necessarily disliked what we were saying; but we had lost the right to be heard. If we want to be heard again, we need to regain their trust. I will work day and night to ensure that we do.

Repairing Parliament Will Be Costly, But Squandering the Opportunity to Modernise Would Be the Worst of All Outcomes

Neil Gray | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Gray

The prospect of billions of pounds worth of Parliament repairs, which have been dodged for decades and are now finally coming home to roost, is understandably being met with a chorus of boos. With the current Government determined to continue its austerity agenda, regardless of the final cost, it will not be easily stomached by the public and rightly so.

Forget the 'Daily Show' Hype, This Is What the Scottish National Party Really Stands For

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

This week Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party and unexpected media star of the UK's recent general election is on a 'charm offensiv...

We Can Seek EU Reform Without Rancour, Mr Cameron

Nicola Sturgeon | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nicola Sturgeon

This Tuesday I will visit Brussels to deliver my first speech in the EU capital since becoming First Minister. At heart, my message will be a very simple one; namely that Scotland is a European nation and that my government sees our future as one of continued European Union membership. The importance of this message to our economy and future prosperity cannot be overstated. It will also be an important counterpoint to the message David Cameron is seeking to deliver in his round of shuttle diplomacy between European capitals, as he seeks to "renegotiate" the terms of the UK's EU membership in ways which remain obscure...

Scotland Is Waiting for a Unionist Alternative to the SNP

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

There is little prospect that, in the short term, Scottish Labour's core vote will return to it from the SNP. A tactical vote for the party, whilst it may be effective in a small collection of seats, will be as futile as expecting Darth Vader to oversee the construction of a Death Star without a fundamental design flaw.

Are Scotland's Psephologists Riding for a Fall?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

Aside from a computer on the desk, my local betting shop has a traditional look, complete with newspaper racing pages sellotaped to the wooden walls, stubby pencils and drawn blinds. As I entered, a man with a lived-in face and an unlit roll-up cigarette protruding from the corner of his mouth was exchanging a slip of paper for some ten pound notes.

After Almost Losing the Union, Does David Cameron Deserve Another Term?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

A major part of the Conservative's election campaign has been to question whether Ed Miliband is up to the job. But what about David Cameron?

A Taxing Problem for the UK

Sir Michael Snyder | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Sir Michael Snyder

Surely if Brussels has any real part to play in this debate it must be in persuading its members that harmonising their tax systems to a much greater degree than at present is to their mutual long term benefit.

It Is No Mystery Why the Scottish National Party Is Doing So Well

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

It is interesting that despite the SNP governing Scotland for almost eight years, voters show no sign of the mid-term fatigue one would usually expect. This likely stems from the 'outsider' position the SNP have been keen to stake out for themselves, and to retain as long as possible.

Why the SNP are hoping for a minority Tory government

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

The people of Scotland have spoken. In the highest turn-out referendum that you could possibly hope for in a Western country, 55% of us have said that...

Labour's #MyFutureScotland Campaign Didn't Quite Go As Planned..

The Huffington Post UK | James Martin | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK

These things always seem like a good idea in theory, but seldom do they go as planned, and Scottish Labour learnt the hard way Saturday what a vicious...