The success of Ukip in Scotland is being quietly celebrated in surprising quarters. There are voters, to the left and to the right, who could not bring themselves to back Nigel Farage’s candidate at the ballot box and who do not support any of his policies on Europe or on immigration.
Gary Robertson row exposes a mean-minded nationalism that shames a country famous for exporting its talent
Just as Scotland approaches its biggest news stories in years, with the Commonwealth Games and the independence referendum around the corner, our national broadcaster is threatening to go on strike.
Did Sir Peter Housden, Scotland’s most senior civil servant, use his legendary blog to inform staff of his decision to stand down? The top mandarin, who last week announced his planned departure, quickly made a name for himself when he became the Scottish Government’s permanent secretary five years ago.
What was the SNP’s transport minister doing 10 months ago? That would have been February so his focus, like his Nationalist colleagues’, would probably have been on courting popularity ahead of May’s general election.
There was a moment last week, as Jeremy Corbyn addressed packed halls across Scotland, when a radically left Labour Party didn’t seem such a bad idea after all.
There is a group of voters in Scotland quite a big group who must feel they are living on another planet. This lot have been largely sidelined by the main political players here, and only emerged from the shadows during the referendum campaign, many at the eleventh hour when they feared Armageddon.
Jim Murphy said his political awakening came from growing up poor in Glasgow and white in apartheid South Africa, where he moved as a child. He spent just six years in Cape Town, leaving to escape conscription. However, that brief spell taught him a bit about dealing with bullies.
The strains of the election campaign rose to the surface in the latest set-to between the Scottish party leaders.
The death of another household name, at an age before decrepitude had set in, has left the nation in mourning once more.
Of all my children’s friends who took part in the school cadet force I can think of just one boy who is now interested in pursuing a career in the armed services.