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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…

Will the SNP finally see sense on its flawed Hate Crime Bill?

7 March 2021 5:30 pm

The saga of the SNP’s Hate Crime Bill is drawing to a conclusion. This week, Holyrood will cast a decisive vote…

Letters: The key to Scotland’s future

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The key to the Union Sir: ‘Love-bombing’ the Scottish electorate with supplemental spending in devolved areas (‘The break-up’, 27 February)…

The Sturgeon case exposes the fatal flaw in Scottish devolution

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The campaign for a Scottish parliament was rooted in the notion of a ‘democratic deficit’. Scotland kept voting Labour but…

Scotland could become the EU's next great problem

2 March 2021 8:54 pm

It is generally acknowledged, even by diehard Remainers, that the European Union’s handling of Cameron’s attempted renegotiation of the UK’s…

Ian Blackford and the hounding of Charles Kennedy

25 February 2021 12:20 am

BBC Alba, Scotland’s Gaelic language channel, is not normally required viewing for the political classes. This week, however, Lib Dems…

The SNP's transphobia muddle

23 February 2021 9:32 pm

For a party so devoted to trans rights, it seems strange that the SNP is less than forthcoming over its…

There is something rotten in Scottish politics

18 February 2021 9:55 pm

It is now two years since Nicola Sturgeon accepted the need for a parliamentary inquiry into how, and why, her…

Does the SNP really want to copy Norway's gender revolution?

16 February 2021 9:30 pm

Five years ago, in June 2016, Norway allowed anyone to change their legal gender. Legislative Decree 71 was everything that…

Why Boris Johnson must say no to a second Scottish referendum

13 February 2021 6:30 pm

It’s hard to believe in these early weeks of 2021, when the country is grappling with an unprecedented national health…

Is the SNP prepared for Scotland's next financial crisis?

7 February 2021 6:00 pm

As the world continues its fight against Covid-19, the Scottish National Party has been busy plotting Scotland’s exit from the UK. If…

Sturgeon and the impunity of the SNP

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Scottish politics tends to go through long bouts of single-party dominance. In the 19th century, the Liberals were in charge.…

The Sturgeon paradox: the worse she does, the more popular she becomes

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Despite her record, nothing can stop Nicola Sturgeon

Leaving the Union would harm Scotland more than Brexit

1 December 2020 6:00 pm

The Spectator recently ran a piece by Andrew Wilson, author of the SNP’s Sustainable Growth Commission, under the headline ‘Scotland…