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Scottish Census Delayed by Covid, but rest of UK will continue

England and Wales will go ahead with the planned 2021 census next week whilst Scotland has postponed it until March 2022, citing the logistical difficulties of the pandemic. The National Records of Scotland, responsible for collecting the data, initially made a statement citing the ongoing pandemic, and that “the census is a major logistical operation […]

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Interview with SNP MP Ian Blackford

Scottish independence would put right a great harm done to students in the country by Brexit, the Scottish National Party’s leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford MP has told The Student in an exclusive interview. “I really feel quite passionately that what we’ve done to your generation is just so wrong,” says Mr Blackford. “By not […]

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Scottish Independence looms: Rather than dither and delay, Johnson must radically change his approach.

Oliver Lewis quitting from the ‘Union Unit’ over a week ago with less than two weeks in the job is frankly the least of Boris Johnson’s difficulties. Johnson is perhaps too keenly aware of the wider issue at hand: more than twice as many Britons think Scotland will be independent in 10 years than think […]

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Sturgeon pledges independence referendum if SNP wins majority

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to hold an ‘advisory’ referendum if the SNP returns a majority government in May’s Holyrood elections, irrespective of whether the UK government consents.  The pledge represents a change of tack from Sturgeon, who had previously remained tight-lipped over the prospect of holding a referendum without Westminster’s consent. But speaking to Andrew […]

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Despite the polls, the road to Scottish Independence is paved with obstacles.

For many north of the border, it’s not just the vaccine rollout that represents the cavalry coming over the brow of the hill: it’s recent polling as well. The New Statesman recently forecasted that the Scottish National Party will win a stonking 18-seat majority in May’s parliamentary election and polls over the last year have […]

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Lennon v Sarwar – it doesn’t make a difference

And just like that, it is finally over. The man who once I ‘affectionately’ referred to as the-soon-to-be-former Labour leader is now the former Labour leader. Goodbye Richard Leonard and hello to whichever inept, useless toady will replace him. Currently the two most likely replacement candidates are Anas Sarwar and Monica Lennon. Though I’m never […]

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Quitting Erasmus has made Scottish independence more likely

A survey conducted by The Student at the University of Edinburgh has found that 75% of students were more likely to vote for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in May’s Scottish parliamentary election as a result of the UK government’s decision to leave the Erasmus scheme; a mobility programme that guarantees most British students the […]

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The Student on devolution: Johnson gets it wrong again

In a virtual conversation with Conservative MPs last week Boris Johnson, the prime minister, outlined how he thought devolution had been a “disaster” in Scotland, suggesting it was “Tony Blair’s biggest mistake”. Obviously, Johnson’s comments have proved incredibly inflammatory with Nicola Sturgeon tweeting in response: “Worth bookmarking these PM comments for the next time Tories […]