Scottish Politics

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...

Guess Who's Back

David Knowles | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Politics
David Knowles

Salmond it seems, just cannot bear to be out of the political limelight. If I was Nicola Sturgeon, I'd be grinding my teeth in frustration... Poor Sturgeon has barely had a chance to stamp her authority on her massively enlarged and politically raw party before Salmond swung the narrative back onto him.

The SNP and Ukip Are More Similar Than You Might Think

David Knowles | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
David Knowles

Comparing the SNP to Ukip, even trying to suggest that there may exist similarities between the UK's two most prominent separatist movements really, really angers the Scottish Nationalists. However it is certainly worth exploring.

Welcome to the SNP's Megachurch

David Knowles | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Politics
David Knowles

The event at the Hydro confirmed that the SNP now 'functions religiously' for many of its members. It has ceased being a limited, political organisation and is now an all-encompassing 'movement' with faith at its core.

SNP's Alex Salmond Has Been Demonised by Westminster for the Simple Reason He Is Smarter and Sharper Than the Opposition

Alan McGee | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alan McGee

One in 50 of the Scottish population is now an SNP member, and that is remarkable, and was a figure unachievable before Eck took control again. The only way to change things politically is to take the battle into the streets, and that is why the SNP will win. All of us have a part to play at the GE next year, no matter how small or insignificant we think it is.

The SNP Could Be Responsible for Another Highland Clearance at the Election - the Labour Party

Alan McGee | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alan McGee

Ukip/Tory majority will lead to more right-wing policies, more crippling austerity, more needless deaths through benefit sanctions, more civil liberties being stripped away, and the countryside fracked for profit and greed. Scotland must not be submissive, and should stand up and be counted... Returning more SNP to Westminster next May is the only solution.

Scotland Has Changed Its Mind Again About Independence...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK

Scotland would vote Yes to independence if another referendum were held today - just six weeks after a majority voted No, a poll has found. Indepen...

The SNP Are the Only Party Capable of Taking the Fight to Farage and UKIP

Alan McGee | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alan McGee

I think Nicola will achieve great things for Scotland, and continue the work that Eck started. She will be a constant thorn to Westminster and she will acquire powers by the strength of her persuasive arguments refusing to acquiesce and relentless demands. Seems like Nicola and the SNP are the only party capable of taking the fight to Farage and Ukip. It is a shame that Miliband doesn't have the same backbone.

Scottish Devolution - My Submission to the Smith Commission

Gregor Cubie | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

I'm currently rereading Catch 22 and, in doing so, have come to realise that the Smith Commission on Scottish devolution - which meets on October 22 for the first time - finds itself in a position with certain parallels to that of Captain Yossarian in his efforts to avoid military service...

Indyref Ballot Counters 'Were High-Fiving Yes Votes And Booing Nos'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK

Members of a Scottish council team counting ballot votes for the referendum were replaced after they booed “No” votes and celebrated over “Yes...

This Referendum Conspiracy Theory Video 'Is Being Investigated By Police'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK

A bizarre conspiracy surrounding the result of Scotland's referendum is being investigated by police, it has been reported. Police Scotland are sa...

Scotland: Leave Yes and No Behind For Now: The Fight for Devo Max Begins Here

Gregor Cubie | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

I woke up strangely invigorated on Friday morning (on my sofa after one hour's sleep) because, as a longtime advocate of Devo Max for Scotland - which I would describe as self-governance in every area except fiscal policy, British Constitutional Politics, international diplomacy, international development, and national security - my fight had finally arrived.

Reflections on a No Vote: The Scottish Question Is Far From Settled

Andrew Smith | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The short term heat may be on Labour, but in the long term it will be turned on the wider political class. The stakes could not be higher. The successful implementation of devolution could entrench the union for another generation...

Charlotte Meredith

These Companies 'That Scared Scotland' Better Watch Out, Apparently | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK

Scotland’s Referendum tipped in favour of No, but with "only 55%" - that's a majority - in favour of staying in the Union, Scotland's 45% have made ...

Charlotte Meredith

'The 45' Are Here, And They're Not Going To Take It Anymore (Or Pay Their Licence Fee) | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK

They have said they will not go quietly into the night, that they will not vanish without a fight, they're going to live on, they're going to survive,...

Petition Demanding Referendum Be Re-Held Because It Was 'Rigged' Reaches 70,000

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK

Despite more than two million people voting to keep Scotland a part of the United Kingdom yesterday and acceptance from Alex Salmond that the outcome ...

Gordon Brown To The Rescue? Former PM Sets Out His Plans For Scotland

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Politics

Gordon Brownhas set out proposals for a united Scotland after the historic referendum returned a No result and pledged that the promises made on furth...

'Dishonest Numpties' Try To Pass Off London Riot Scenes As Glasgow

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

Nationalists and Unionists have faced calls to unite to condemn "dishonest numpties" manipulating social media to suggest that tensions in Glasgow wer...

Things Turn Ugly In Massive Glasgow Referendum Standoff

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

Police are holding back opposing crowds of pro and anti-independence supporters in George Square in Glasgow, amid reports of flag burning and mounting...

Gordon Brown - Next First Minister of Scotland?

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

I have never been a big fan of Gordon Brown. In fact, I've never voted Labour in my life. However, whatever my personal feelings, if I was advising Gordon Brown, this is the picture I would paint for him. Like him or loath him, if he is the man that saved the Union, this all becomes quite plausible. Watch out Salmond. The Clunking Fist of Brown isn't finished with you, or the SNP, just yet.

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?

BBC Gives Pro-Indy Scots Fresh Ammunition With Awkward Geography Howler

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

As Scots to prepare to vote for Thursday's independence referendum, the BBC's correspondent Christian Fraser reported to viewers about the last-ditch ...

Alex Salmond: The Saviour of UK Democracy?

Richard Bassford | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Bassford

There is also an obvious 'other' choice on the table come next May, equally able to polarise opinion, and also concerning who holds power and influence. In eight months time we may be crediting a certain Mr Farage with emulating Mr Salmond and igniting interest in politics across the whole of the UK, though I'm certain not all will thank him for it.

The Importance of Being Labelled

Marc Livingston | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Marc Livingston

The only label that should matter for the future of Scotland is 'Scottish' (or resident of Scotland if we want to be accurate about these sorts of things). Let's hope people remember that when they hit the ballot box.

Special Role for Scottish Jews?

Jonathan Romain | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Jonathan Romain

Whichever way the vote goes on Thursday, there will need to be a process of healing afterwards, because the big irony has been that in debating whether to divide from England, the Scots have actually divided themselves from each other, not just political groups but neighbours and families. Perhaps Scottish Jews, used to reconciling multiple identities over the centuries, can be part of the process.