There was nothing of substance in the Queen's Speech for Scotland, no ambitious plans to boost the economy, no big ideas to improve public services, and no major strategy to tackle the deprivation and inequality that have grown so much worse under this government.
At any rate, winning parties will try and spin their victories as heroic and losing parties will attempt to spin their losses as hope for the future. In essence, whatever the result of the referendum is, parties will highlight the silver linings.
If Plaid Cymru does not seize leadership now, it will be harder for them to do so in the future. Likewise, if people vote against a Brexit, the SNP and Ukip lose the opportunity to use the results as a platform to launch their next electoral campaign on. If people vote to remain in the UK, the SNP and Ukip will have to play on the par with traditional parties, where the asymmetry of power is significantly tilted against them.
WELL, that's the election out of the way. It's interesting, because what was essentially quite a dull and uninspiring campaign (my personal highlight, for example, was Willie Rennie's encounter with the volcano slide) has certainly given us an awful lot to consider with it's conclusion.
The Trade Union Bill is a radically destructive piece of legislation, and should complete its progress through parliament this week. Its journey took a dramatic twist recently when the House of Lords surprisingly become a last bastion of workers' rights, with the Lords voting through some amendments which will curtail the proposed changes...
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Different rules seem to apply to the richest 1% compared to the rest of us. The revelations from the Panama papers are rocking political parties around the world. Making sure that the top 1% pay their fair share like the rest of us has become a key issue in this election.
We need a government that will tighten regulations around tax avoidance, increase transparency and ensure everyone pays their fair share. That is the least that the public - a rightfully angry public - deserve.
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...
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?
On Monday afternoon myself and three SNP MPs from the Westminster SNP Justice and Home Affairs Team will arrive with a delegation of experts on refugee matters including two refugees themselves. We will spend four days bearing witness to what's really going on over there. We're expecting it to be painful.
As a women who entered politics later in life I want to encourage other women to realise their full potential and help others to get involved in public life. Women have a wealth of experience and expertise but unfortunately we are less likely to put our head above the parapet.
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...
I was broadly in favour of a 'no' vote during the Scottish independence referendum. I didn't have much of a reason beyond still not being totally over America's secession 200 years before my birth, but I wanted Scotland to stick around. Ewan McGregor and Gordon Strachan and whisky... They seemed worth keeping hold of. I was mistaken.
From the SNP benches, the real opposition, there will be an alternative. An alternative that prioritises investment, exports, productivity, innovation. That seeks to support our key industries like manufacturing and oil and gas. And that seeks to do manage the economy in the interests of all, and not the few.