Kezia Dugdale: Is she tough enough to take on Nicola Sturgeon?

How do you begin an interview with Kezia Dugdale? I just want to give her a hug and tell her everything's going to be okay. Except it's not. Dugdale heads a party battered and bloody from its last encounter with the voters. The Holyrood election on May 5 is set to be another drubbing. There … Continue reading Kezia Dugdale: Is she tough enough to take on Nicola Sturgeon?

Kezia Dugdale gave me a pug toy. As if I wasn’t enough of a Labour shill.

In the third in my series of party leader interviews, I sat down with Kezia Dugdale. Despite being a really nice person, Kez is leader of the Scottish Labour Party. And she's had a pretty eventful campaign so far, what with coming out, U-turning on her central tax policy, having to clarify her stance on … Continue reading Kezia Dugdale gave me a pug toy. As if I wasn’t enough of a Labour shill.

Sturgeon, the Stasi and state guardians: A conversation with David Coburn

David Coburn is wrong about absolutely everything. Immigration? Wrong. The European Union? Wrong. TTIP? Wrong. (I am in the unusual position of being both to the left and the right of Ukip.) And we won't get into his crass comments about Humza Yousaf, the lip-quiveringly luscious Scottish Government minister. No, there's nothing I could ever … Continue reading Sturgeon, the Stasi and state guardians: A conversation with David Coburn

David Coburn on Brussels, Bake Off and Bernie Sanders. (Yes, his mic’s on.)

The next interview in my series of conversations with party leaders is David Coburn. The leader of Ukip in Scotland sat down with me to talk about health, education and, yes, you guessed it, the European Union. I understand it was one of two interviews he's done in his entire career with someone other than … Continue reading David Coburn on Brussels, Bake Off and Bernie Sanders. (Yes, his mic’s on.)

In the path of the juggernaut

The 110th anniversary of the parliamentary Labour party passed by in February largely unremarked. The decision by Keir Hardie’s Labour Representation Committee to rename itself ‘the Labour party’ after winning 29 seats in the 1906 election was a historic one. It marked the beginning of organised labour as a force in the House of Commons, … Continue reading In the path of the juggernaut

Will voters give Green light for bold policies?

It's good to be Green. After years of parrying barbs about tie-dyes and tofu, the party is getting the last laugh on those who dismissed them as a political punchline. Undeodorised tree-huggers and yurt-dwelling vegans no more; the Greens are a growing force in Scottish politics. They head into the Holyrood election in better shape … Continue reading Will voters give Green light for bold policies?

Patrick Harvie on Grumpy Cat, Donald Trump’s wig and Captain Planet

As part of STV's Holyrood election coverage, I am sitting down with all the major and minor party leaders to talk about their prospectus for government. First up is Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, who joined me to talk about taxation, education and a second referendum on independence. That interview will be published … Continue reading Patrick Harvie on Grumpy Cat, Donald Trump’s wig and Captain Planet