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Nicola Sturgeon announces plan to hold second independence referendum in October 2023

Nicola Sturgeon announced today that her government plans to hold another independence referendum on 19 October 2023. Speaking to Holyrood in a televised address, she said that the 2021 Scottish general election’s pro-independence majority gave her a mandate to pursue another referendum. Like the 2014 vote, the referendum would be consultative, meaning that the result […]

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A “socially corrosive monopoly” – the truth behind Scotland’s land

When I ask you to consider who owns Scotland, what first comes to mind? My focus is instantly drawn to the verb choice. Owns. ‘Who owns Scotland’ implies that Scotland is an entity for sale, to be carved up and greedily possessed. And after not insignificant research, this rather arbitrary interpretation proves pretty close to the […]

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Sturgeon’s hotel lockdown is ultimately futile

As of the 15th of February, anyone entering Scotland (with the exception of those entering via the common travel area (CTA)) will be required to isolate in a hotel of the government’s choosing for 10 days at a personal cost of £1,750. This policy has been enacted in order to further stem the spread of […]

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Salmond set to appear before inquiry as Holyrood agrees to publish submission

The Holyrood committee of MSPs investigating how the Scottish Government handled sexual harassment allegations against Alex Salmond has re-issued its invitation to the former First Minister to give evidence to the inquiry. The committee re-issued the invitation on Wednesday, while also stating that Lady Dorrian’s High Court ruling last week had “no impact” on whether […]

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SNP in “unprecedented turmoil” after reshuffle according to Edinburgh MP

A senior SNP MP has said the party is in “unprecedented turmoil” after being dropped from the party’s shadow cabinet at Westminster. Joanna Cherry, MP for Edinburgh South West since 2015, rose to prominence as shadow justice secretary. In this role, she launched numerous legal cases against the government at the height of Brexit tensions […]

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The SNP are here to stay

In March, the trial of Alex Salmond, former First Minister of Scotland on multiple counts pertaining to alleged sexual assault and other similar reprehensible alleged crimes will begin. In the last few weeks Derek Mackay, the Scottish Government Finance Minister resigned after The Sun timed the release of a story the day before the release […]

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Scottish Labour must advocate for greater devolved power and a more federal UK

Although the UK wide election result was disastrous for the Labour Party, the Scottish result was cataclysmic. To find an example of a comparable defeat, you must back to the beginning of the twentieth century. The scale of Scottish Labour’s defeat cannot be overstated.  Scottish Labour needs to completely reassess its campaigning strategy, leadership, messaging […]

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Windsor Time Up?

Wills and Kate, Harry and Megan, Charles and Camilla. Big Liz herself. We all know who they are, and we all must put up with the media’s fetish-like obsession with one absurdly wealthy family. They are famous for fame’s sake. The royals have not earned their place in Buckingham palace nor have they done anything […]