Scottish Politics

Towards An Enduring Settlement

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

Perhaps Ruth Davidson's Conservatives are that voice - so do not offer any more life support through tactical votes for Labour and instead back Unionism if you oppose the SNP. Then finally we can start on the road to resolving the independence question once and for all.

Only Labour Has The Ideas And The Will To Unlock The Potential Of The Scottish Parliament

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

Closing the gap between the richest and the rest will be better for our whole economy. More working class people having more money in their pockets will stimulate our economy from the ground up. That's why under my leadership, Scottish Labour has relentlessly pursued an agenda to use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to invest in our economy, not carry on the cuts. 

Sturgeon Hopes To Gain Independence By Being The Only Adult In The Room

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

At the SNP conference in Glasgow two weeks ago, Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the latest chapter in the never ending story that is her party's pursuit of i...

The New Age Of Politics

Emma Campbell | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Politics
Emma Campbell

Perhaps it's always been this way, and due to the rise of social media we've simply found a way to share our voice. It's time we stopped with these double standards, and ageist remarks and instead embrace those who show an interest or a passion in something. Don't mock us for remaining quiet, when you also mock us for having a voice.

Nuclear Weapons: Not Then, Not Now, Not Ever

Anne McLaughlin | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Politics
Anne McLaughlin

I've been opposed to nuclear weapons for as long as I can remember. I'm no imperialist, I don't need any expensive weapons to show what a great country I live in. I'm not worried about my country saving face on the world stage by clinging onto the last throws of a dying empire. I just want a country which cares for its poorest and most vulnerable. £200billion could be better spent.

Let's Take a Breath Before IndyRef 2

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

The EU is a political project that seeks to bind European nations together. That's fine, but Scots should be aware they would be trading one type of political union for another.

Scotland Reasserts Anti-Trident Consensus

Dr Kate Hudson | Posted 07.05.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Kate Hudson

As parties and voters head away from nuclear weapons, it is hard to see how the Tory government can legitimately proceed with its plans to replace Trident. As today's results reaffirm, Scotland has categorically and repeatedly voted against it and as host country to the Trident submarines that has to be a major factor in any replacement decision.

Can Scotland Become the Most Gender Equal Country in the World?

Lee Chalmers | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Politics
Lee Chalmers

Voting a Women's Equality Party MSP into Holyrood this week would ensure that Scotland can make real progress towards being the most gender equal country in the world.

At the Scottish Election Thursday: First Vote Labour; Second Vote Tory?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 30.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

Whether Labour or the Conservatives takes second place on Thursday (May 5) is the talking point of the Scottish election. Betting company Paddy Power thinks Labour; Professor John Curtice says it could go either way.

Scotland Needs a Donald Trump

Alan Grant | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

There is something about Donald Trump and his Presidential campaign that I really like. This may sound odd for a columnist who has previously called M...

Oops - Are the SNP's Roots Showing?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

Within the huge influx of members into the party there may come echoes of nationalism's uglier face, puffed up with notions of the innate superiority of the Scots to other races. Hence the kind of racial abuse that Yen Hongmei Jin experienced. Is the Party's Chief Executive Peter Murrell on top of his brief on this?

A Is for Autism - Let's Make Sure It's on the Agenda

Michael Shanks | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Shanks

Education is one of the hot topics in this election, and even more so for autistic children. Like any other child they can flourish at school with the right support, but for too many that support simply isn't there.

Holyrood 2016: The First Scottish Presidential Election

Alan Grant | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

If the reader has been able to draw their gaze away from the new series of House of Cards they will know that there is a real-life American Presidenti...

Order an Inquiry Today, Prime Minister

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

The Tory government pays these companies millions of pounds to provide accommodation to recently arrived refugees. This is public money and the companies receiving it must be held to account for the way they treat people in need in our name. If they do not do that, then they should not retain these lucrative contracts. These are extremely serious allegations and the Prime Minister should stop prevaricating- he should order an independent investigation today.

We Are Crowdfunding to Train Teachers on LGBT+ Issues - Here's Why

Jordan Daly | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Jordan Daly

As campaigners, there comes a point when we have to decide whether or not what we are doing is affecting any real change. No matter what the ultimat...

Scotland Needs a Radical New Approach to Drugs

Sean Morton | Posted 08.01.2017 | 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 05.01.2017 | 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 03.01.2017 | 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 14.12.2016 | 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 07.12.2016 | 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 04.11.2016 | 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 15.09.2016 | 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 01.09.2016 | 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...