Sturgeon’s attack on Labour foreshadows the next election

PERTH, United Kingdom You were supposed to take two messages from Nicola Sturgeon’s first conference speech as leader of the Scottish National Party. First, independence remains very much on the agenda and the constitutional question will rumble on. Second, hers will be a party and a Scottish Government that drives its tanks onto Scottish Labour’s […]

Welsh nationalists look to Scotland for a way forward

PERTH, United Kingdom Here in Perth, the SNP is basking in the glory of its referendum defeat. Where its opponents expected the Nationalists to sink into in-fighting and bitter recriminations, the party has never been in better shape. A membership boost of 65,000 has made it the third largest party in the UK and the […]

Nicola Sturgeon is a tenacious leader for a party that won’t back down

Cometh the hour, cometh the woman. Nicola Sturgeon took the stage in Perth on Friday to rapturous applause. She had just been announced as the new leader of the SNP, elected unopposed to replace Alex Salmond. It is rare in UK politics for an outgoing party leader who is overwhelmingly popular among members to be […]

‘Thinking outside the bubble’: Analysis on the new SNP leadership

PERTH, United Kingdom Conventional wisdom has been having a bad few weeks since the dawn of the New Scotland. The latest manifestation of this is the election of Stewart Hosie as the deputy leader of the SNP. Scottish Government transport minister Keith Brown had been seen as the favourite in the race to replace Nicola […]

Choose to shout or choose to listen on Israel and Palestine

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An Israeli diplomat, Yiftah Curiel, visited Scotland for the first time on Wednesday. He set aside some of his time to speak to students at the University of Glasgow about Israel, Europe, trade, culture, and peace. But during his talk, some people decided they didn’t like Mr […]

Labour doesn’t just need a new leader. It needs a new mission.

It was a Thursday when I decided that I liked Johann Lamont. April 2002, to be precise. I remember because I was 16 and “The Hindu Times” was on the radio and I had stopped staring at Vicki Watson and turned my eye to Chris Mahoney. But my first love was politics. I was a […]

Hope Over Fear rally: What I saw on the way to the revolution

“We don’t need another referendum. We need a fucking revolution. We’re on our way to one.” I was standing on the fringes of George Square, renamed “Freedom Square” for the day, eavesdropping on a conversation between two student-looking sorts who, like thousands of others, had come for the Hope over Fear rally. Hosted by former […]

A deficit of fiscal powers is to blame for boring budget

For a man getting to spend billions of pounds of other people’s money, John Swinney sounded less than enthusiastic. The Scottish Government’s finance secretary is a serious man, the grit to Alex Salmond’s flash, but his draft budget statement on Thursday was a more sober affair than usual. True, it was his first major appearance […]

A victory with no victors and losers who refuse to lose

In case you missed it, the No campaign won the independence referendum. This might come as a surprise, with celebrations of the result ranging all the way from low-key to non-existent. (Save for a few troglodytes in George Square whose ability to drag their knuckles without possession of opposable thumbs was quite a feat.) Tales […]

Why the Scottish Independence Referendum Matters

Long a fringe phenomenon, Scottish independence might become a reality this Friday • How did this happen? • Was it because of Scottish nationalism or economics? • What will independence mean for Britain and the West? • And what are the ramifications for Israel? • Stephen Daisley, referendum reporter for Scotland’s leading commercial broadcaster, explains. Close […]