Scottish Politics

Scottish Devolution - My Submission to the Smith Commission

Gregor Cubie | Posted 22.10.2014 | 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 25.09.2014 | 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 24.09.2014 | 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 18.09.2014 | 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 17.09.2014 | 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 17.09.2014 | 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 17.09.2014 | 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 17.09.2014 | 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.

Let's Stay Together?

David Knowles | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Knowles

'This isn't about England-Scotland or Scotland-England; it's about all of us, the whole nation.' He is right. By the time all the voting is done I hope will all my heart that we will still be a United Kingdom.

Red, White, Blue and Green with Envy

Mark Perryman | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Perryman

On 19th September I want to wake up to a Britain no longer shaped by the failed politicians of yesteryear. I want to wake up to a Scotland, independent, bold and brave enough to sort out its own future. And once it begins that process, the rest of us prepared to follow suit. Breaking up Britain? An independent Scotland is only be the start.

Will You Get To Be Scottish In An Independent Scotland?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics

As the Scottish referendum draws near, people may wonder how independence would affect their nationality. Would you still get to be a Scottish citizen...

When Love Breaks Down - Why It's Already Over Between the UK and Scotland, Whatever the Outcome of the Referendum

Neil Gibb | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Gibb

There is a lot of focus on the outcome of the referendum in Scotland next week. What most people don't seem to realize is that whatever the outcome it is already over between Scotland and the rest of the UK. It was over the moment that Scotland decided it might want to leave.

Scotland: The Strategic Choice

Sir John Holmes | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sir John Holmes

We recognise the appeal of separate nationhood, but the choice is about much more than that: the everyday lives of the people of these islands, our collective future security, our jobs and our livelihoods. Cutting Scotland out of the UK would cause massive upheaval and risk for both Scots and all other Britons.

DIY Giant B&Q Could Charge Scots More If They Vote Yes Next Week

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics

Scottish consumers could be forced to pay higher prices at household names like B&Q if Scotland gains independence in next week's referendum, the boss...

Scottish Independence and the Old West Lothian Question

The London Magazine | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
The London Magazine

These days, It may be that equivalent triumphs are harder to achieve. Even so, the Union has been one of the greatest constitutional successes in human history, rivalled only by the United States of America. Today, it is in jeopardy.

A Positive No

David Knowles | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Knowles

At the heart of the Yes campaign is a simple and admirable goal; to build a better Scotland for Scots living now and for those in generations to come. In fact, this goal is more than admirable. It is desirable, enviable, humane, generous and, above all, hopeful.