I have written for The Independent on Sunday today about David Cameron’s defence of Trident in Scotland last week. Defence policy is one of those emotive, symbolic issues on which the Conservatives seem to be getting their message sorted out. Welfare is another.
The Scottish speech was significant for Cameron’s legacy too: at the moment, he [...]
As of the Edinburgh Agreement signed last October, Scotland is holding a vote on independence in 2014. Regardless of the result, the polarized referendum campaigns (split between pro-union and nationalist camps) are leaving a gaping middle ground untouched—increased autonomy—which a majority of Scots believe is the next logical step for Scotland’s evolving union with Westminster.
On the downside, house prices in Aberdeenshire are 5.7 times the average local income
Following a record-breaking vote —the highest election turnout in 24 years, the Catalan News Agency reports— Catalonia has joined Scotland in taking the first steps towards becoming an independent country.
Recent issues surrounding the Astute class submarines of the Royal Navy have wide implications for Scotland. Firstly, twenty-five miles west of Glasgow, in Argyle and Bute, four Vanguard class submarines store the entirety of Britain’s nuclear capacity. The submarines were built and introduced in the 1990s, following the end of the Cold War; their launch [...]
I must apologise to my thoughtful and courteous respondent in the Scottish National Party, Kevin Pringle, for the delay in correcting my error in my post last week, which he pointed out.
I said that the last time an opinion poll in Scotland showed support for independence greater than opposition to it was in April 2008. He drew [...]
I have written about Michael Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland, in The Independent on Sunday today. He was once such an anonymous Cabinet minister that he featured in this Times photograph (right) illustrating a story about civil service job cuts.
But I think that he might come to be regarded as the most successful Liberal [...]
This week the Scottish Labour Party suggested that if Scotland gains independence it will lose the BBC. Despite the popular belief that politicians don’t know what voters really care about, it appears that for once they might actually be onto something.
‘We’ve saved the dunes, and from an environmental stand point it’s a much better situation than it was before we bought the site,’ claimed Donald Trump, hair blowing in the stiff northerly breeze at a news conference in 2010, on the sand dunes of the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Jessica, my first real friend from halls, who is by far the most poised, sophisticated of us, still glowing from her gap year weeks after returning to Blighty, is asking for my blood pudding. I’ve been in the United Kingdom for less than a week, and I am speechless.
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