SNP

Sturgeon’s economic council is a fig-leaf for independence

18 July 2021 4:00 pm

This month’s announcementof a new economic advisory council formed by the Scottish government came with the usual flow of superlatives.…

Revealed: The SNP strategy for a second independence vote

17 July 2021 4:35 am

A new leaflet from the SNP says another referendum on independence is ‘an issue of basic democracy’ and that Boris…

Who can make the Scottish Lib Dems great again?

13 July 2021 8:32 pm

Willie Rennie’s resignation — announced, as only he could, via a self-shot video while climbing Benarty Hill in western Fife…

Nicola Sturgeon isn't serious about IndyRef2

27 June 2021 3:30 pm

The announcement reeked of desperation. Nicola Sturgeon is‘delighted’ that the SNP National Executive Committee has approved her nomination of retired…

Does this SNP politician think buses are racist?

16 June 2021 9:23 pm

One of the benefits of devolution has been giving Scots their own parliament in which the great issues of the…

The SNP's latest separation blueprint is pure project fantasy

30 May 2021 4:00 pm

‘A SNP MSP has claimed an independent Scotland could guarantee a couple with children a minimum income of more than…

Are 'controversial stickers' really a matter for the police?

25 May 2021 11:24 pm

Has Police Scotland misunderstood the purpose of policing? A recent crackdown on ‘controversial stickers’ appears to suggest as much. ‘On Monday…

In praise of Kate Forbes's Christian faith

22 May 2021 5:00 pm

Politics tends to attract people who consider themselves and their every mundane word and deed an example of great bravery.…

The problem with 'Devo-max'

14 May 2021 4:06 pm

A common failing of pro-Union politicians down the years has been the stubborn belief that there exists somewhere a tidy…

Nine lessons from the elections

10 May 2021 10:44 pm

Here are the big things I learned from Thursday’s elections and their aftermath. 1. The Scottish parliament will vote to…

Westminster must avoid the Sturgeon trap

10 May 2021 7:28 pm

The challenge for the UK government in the coming months is to make Nicola Sturgeon look like a constitutional obsessive.…

The 'mandate wars' won't be resolved anytime soon

9 May 2021 2:41 am

So what does it all mean? The first thing to bear in mind is that more than one thing may…

Can Anas Sarwar woo voters back to Scottish Labour?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Can Anas Sarwar woo Scottish voters back?

Salmond could spark a nationalist war over Europe

7 April 2021 4:00 pm

There was a Scooby Doo moment in Alex Salmond’s campaign launch on Tuesday. Something that made me think: ‘Ruh-roh’. The…

How Alex Salmond can game the loophole in Scotland's voting system

6 April 2021 5:56 pm

Two decades after devolution, the Scottish Parliament’s election system still confuses ordinary voters and seasoned political observers alike. Politicians on…

The economic case for the Union isn't enough

2 April 2021 5:45 pm

There is a certain kind of critic of independence who hears the news that public funding for Scotland is 30…

Boris has a trump card in denying Sturgeon an 'illegal' referendum

2 April 2021 4:45 pm

Amidst all the dry economic arguments, one of the more emotive fronts on which the 2016 referendum was fought was…

Salmond's comeback is a pitiful sight

27 March 2021 4:13 am

When Alex Salmond lost his seat at the 2017 general election, he finished his concession speech with a quotation from…

Sturgeon's rush for a referendum could backfire

26 March 2021 3:11 am

The Holyrood election campaign kicks off with Nicola Sturgeon buoyed by James Hamilton’s report concluding that she did not break…

Sturgeon's future now hangs in the balance

19 March 2021 7:19 am

At First Minister’s Questions this afternoon Nicola Sturgeon accused Ruth Davidson of peddling baseless conspiracy theories, dredged up from ‘the bottom…

George Galloway is toxic to the Unionist cause

19 March 2021 5:19 am

My mob originates, we have come to assume, from somewhere in Ireland, though exactly where we don’t know. Humza Yousaf,…

David Davis: Scotland – A deficit of power and accountability

17 March 2021 7:34 am

For the past few months, Scotland has been transfixed by the Holyrood inquiry seeking the truth of what went wrong…

Ruth Davidson’s exit reveals Scottish Tories’ independence secret

14 March 2021 5:23 am

Ruth Davidson has used her final speech to the Scottish Conservative conference to appeal to pro-Union voters. In a video…

Is Sturgeon losing support for Scottish independence?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Every politician likes to say that they don’t pay attention to opinion polls. In my experience, this is almost universally…

Letters: What happens if interest rates rise?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Spinning plates Sir: Kate Andrews is right to highlight the looming risk of inflation (‘Rishi’s nightmare’, 6 March), but to…