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Defamation: why is the law changing in Scotland?

In early March 2021, all eyes were on the Scottish Parliament as Nicola Sturgeon was scrutinised for the handling of sexual harassment complaints. Amidst the headlines, it was easy to miss the unanimous passing of the Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill. This landmark piece of legislation aims to modernise and simplify the law of […]

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Fourth win for the SNP with calls for second independence referendum

The Scottish National Party is celebrating the party’s fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish parliament election after winning a near majority of 64 seats.  In Scotland’s highest ever electoral turnout, with around 63 per cent of the electorate voting, the SNP fell short of just one seat needed to secure a majority at Holyrood but […]

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The Sturgeon-Salmond Conflict

The two inquiries into the Scottish government’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against former First Minister Alex Salmond published reports in the same week that Alex Salmond launched his own pro-independence ‘Alba’ party.  The first inquiry, led by Ireland’s former director of public prosecutions, James Hamilton QC, cleared Ms Sturgeon of breaching the ministerial code.  […]

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Salmond to appear before inquiry after high court ruling

The Holyrood inquiry into how the Scottish government handled sexual harassment allegations against former First Minister Alex Salmond has cleared the way for his appearance later this month after a high court ruling on Thursday 11th February.  The ruling, made by the senior Judge Lady Dorrian, revised an earlier decision which enforced limits on what […]

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Holyrood instructs Crown Office to disclose key evidence in Salmond inquiry

The Scottish parliament has taken the unprecedented legal step of ordering the country’s top prosecutors to release hitherto undisclosed evidence as part of an inquiry into the Scottish government’s handling of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the former First Minister, Alex Salmond.  The move comes amid months of protracted wrangling in Holyrood in […]

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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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Richard Leonard: should he stay or should he go?

Your favourite forgettable leader of the Scotlandshire regional branch office of what passes for the Labour party in 2020 has survived his Julius Caesar moment. Proving once and for all that Labour can’t even beat itself. Jackie Baillie had measured up his coffin, but Ian Murray had forgotten to bring the knives with him, leaving […]