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As Number Ten prepares to impose consent for the Brexit “power grab” – why Sturgeon was right to defend Donald Dewar’s devolution.

  If we’ve been hearing less from the Scottish opposition parties about Nicola Sturgeon obsessing about independence and not “getting on with the day job”, this may be because she has been doing exactly that. For most of the past year,  the First Minister has been arguing, essentially, the case for devolution not independence.  First, … Continue reading

Twenty years on, was devolution a “motorway to independence”?

BLISS it was to be alive in those early days of devolution – except that it wasn’t. The rebirth of Scotland’s democracy after 300 years in spring, 1999 proved to be a painful affair, and plunged Scotland into a period of post-natal depression, which ended the careers, and the lives, of some of the architects of … Continue reading

1999 and all that. As Scotland holds its breath for indyref2, how did we get here?

BLISS it was to be alive in those early days of devolution – except that it wasn’t. The rebirth of Scotland’s democracy after 300 years in spring, 1999 proved to be a painful affair, and plunged Scotland into a period of post-natal depression, which ended the careers, and the lives, of some of the architects … Continue reading

Kezia’s Penny for Scotland is too contrived; but she’s right to start the debate.

The Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, is to be congratulated for putting her money where her mouth is and calling for an increase in taxation in Scotland to raise half a billion pounds for public services. This is heroic stuff. It is a long time since Labour has gone into an election campaign promising to … Continue reading

Yes or No: disenchantment is the issue for both camps

That £500 question just won’t go away. It’s in danger of defining the referendum campaign. The latest Scottish Social Attitudes survey confirms that a majority of Scots would vote Yes if they were guaranteed to be £500 better off, while only 15% would support independence if they were £500 worse off. The survey of 1500 … Continue reading

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