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Elizabeth Smith
Taking the First Minister at her word

Taking the First Minister at her word

DURING her first question time appearance as First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said that she was taking up the job with an open mind and she promised that she would consider suggestions from MSPs across the ...

Lap Gong Leong
The federalisation of Britain – but will Scotland wait?

The federalisation of Britain – but will Scotland wait?

WHETHER or not Scotland wants to stay in the Union, Britain is now on its course to becoming a de facto federal state. How do we know this? Criminally underreported and under discussed in Scottish Politics, the ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Revolting Scots

Revolting Scots

NICOLA STURGEON's latest wheaze to maximise the sense of grievance and resentment among her supporters is the absurd suggestion that Scotland should have a veto over a UK wide referendum on the EU, in the ...

James Corbett
Scottish Labour – nothing lasts forever

Scottish Labour – nothing lasts forever

AFTER THREE attempts at writing a piece on the woes of Scottish Labour that I’m personally happy with I’m beginning to ask myself why anyone really cares?

Honestly, would you look at ...

James Corbett
All-you-can-eat devolution buffet is a recipe for indigestion

All-you-can-eat devolution buffet is a recipe for indigestion

IN THE SAME WAY Britain used to be called a nation of shopkeepers, Scotland is starting to look like a nation of constitutional obsessives. I predict a surge in popularity for woolly Christmas jumpers this ...

Eben Wilson
Change will now come – but should we be uneasy?

Change will now come – but should we be uneasy?

HALF AN HOUR after declaring the “No” majority in the referendum, politicians were being asked what they “felt” the outcome would be from a debate we are about to have following the “decision” by the ...

Kyle Thornton
What kind of Scotland do we want to be?

What kind of Scotland do we want to be?

THE LAST WEEKEND of campaigning had me absolutely speechless. Not only was this because of excellent canvass returns but more that the general public got a real glimpse into the 'Yes' side that us die-hard ...

Jamie Gardiner
Playing 'Chicken' with Scotland's future

Playing 'Chicken' with Scotland's future

THE TROUBLE with predicting which currency Scotland will use following independence is that this is no longer a question of economics or strategy. It's a game of chicken. 

Nobody meant for it ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
United and divided – the choice is stark

United and divided – the choice is stark

THE INCREASE in support for independence in Scotland is quite astonishing.  The core support of committed nationalists was stable for years in the region of a quarter of the population, yet recently support for independence ...

Jaber George Jabbour
A No vote can offer hope for harmony and tolerance

A No vote can offer hope for harmony and tolerance

Why Scots must teach the world a much needed lesson about harmony and the benefits of living together

James Corbett
The referendum - the best and worst of times!

The referendum - the best and worst of times!

AS WE REACH the end of the referendum campaign, it’s only appropriate that we start to wonder if the referendum has been a good thing for Scotland. Of course whatever the result, one side will ...

Elizabeth Smith
Councils banning referendum debates in schools are making a huge error of judgment

Councils banning referendum debates in schools are making a huge error of judgment

HOW DEPRESSING it is to hear that some local authorities have instructed their schools to refrain from holding referendum debates during the five weeks between the start of the new school session and referendum day. ...