Alex Salmond

Ignore Boris Johnson – Europe must remain united

What Boris chooses to forget (or dismiss) is that the retention of the UK’s contribution to the EU budget has already been “promised” to sectors …

Brexit

John Nicolson

Wednesday, August 30, 2017<p>Wednesday, August 30, 2017<p>Former Kremlin advisor challenges John Nicolson over Ukraine and BBC journalism<p>Alexander …

Referendums

Wanted: recruits for touchy-feely army. Sorry, no facial tats

For some reason, a new advertising campaign fails to mention poor pay and conditions and the need to kill<p>Regrettably, at least for anyone whose main reason for not joining up is the terror of serving alongside someone like Iain Duncan Smith, the army’s latest big recruiting campaign sets out to …

Scottish Politics

Married Tory MP Peter Bone, 65, leaves his wife for married physio, 45

TORY MP Peter Bone, famous for mentioning wife Jenny in Parliament, has left her for a married physio 20 years his junior.<p>Mr Bone, 65, has been …

Referendums

Meet the Salmond slayer: how Colin Clark toppled Scotland’s former First Minister

The Aberdeenshire farmer defeated the Big Yin. But will he be a match for another man with a claim to his constituency – Donald Trump?<p>It was about a …

Scottish Politics

Nicola Sturgeon: amid Brexit uncertainty independence 'must be an option'

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of breaking a promise to put her independence plans “on pause” after she warned only days into 2018 that Tory Brexit plans meant breaking up Britain “must remain an option”.<p>Attacking what she called the Conservative “horror show” on leaving the EU, the First …

Brexit

Edinburgh hotels want direct flights to China - World

Edinburgh's hoteliers are backing a campaign calling for direct flights between the city and China.<p>The Edinburgh Hotels Association is the second …

News (China)

Ruth Davidson’s influence shows how power in British politics is shifting

The leader of the Scottish Tories is looking closely at how Boris Johnson used his tenure as Mayor of London.<p>It wouldn’t be quite accurate to call it …

Referendums

Kirsty Blackman: 'Excuse me, I'd rather shake hands'

From changing the culture in politics to being straight about Brexit, SNP’s deputy leader at Westminster sees opportunity to instil some long overdue professionalism<p>Kirsty Blackman, the SNP’s deputy leader at Westminster, believes the sexual harassment scandal should help change British politics …

News (Scotland)

POLITICO London Playbook — Happy new year — The World in 2018

<b>By ANNABELLE DICKSON</b><p><b>Good Monday morning</b> and welcome to 2018. I’m Annabelle Dickson, one of POLITICO’s Westminster reporters, bringing you the first …

Chris Grayling

The MPs and ex-MPs who died in 2017 - part three

<b>In 2017, we said goodbye to Alex Salmond's predecessor as SNP leader, a Tory MP who holds the record for the number of completed London marathons, two Labour MPs who caused big upsets when winning in 1997 and a Liberal MP who had a varied career also a naval officer, diplomat, hill farmer and</b> …

Referendums

From damp squibs to sparklers: the best and worst characters of 2017

Lesley Roberts rounds up the stand-out individuals of the year - both good and bad.<p>Well, this is it, folks. The very last day of 2017. And it’s been …

Scottish Politics

Alex Salmond is dressed to Kilt as he let's it all hang out in latest RT show

The former First Minister came under fire for signing a TV deal with the Kremlin-funded channel.<p>Alex Salmond was dressed to KILT on the latest …

Scottish Politics

25 pictures that sum up a truly crazy year in UK politics

2017 was yet another eventful year for UK politics.<p>The utter rollercoaster of Brexit negotiations get underway; we witnessed a historic by-election; changes in party leadership; dramatic Cabinet resignations and of course a snap general election, which produced one of the most shocking results in …

U.S. Politics

Only An Eckscuse? Jonathan Watson set to lampoon Alex Salmond in hit Hogmanay show

The comedian will play a range of characters from Pedro Caixinha to Rag 'n' Bone Man.<p>Jonathan Watson turns ‘Notorious’ as he takes off MMA fighter …

Scottish Politics

The 21 Things Trump Does That Show He's Guilty As Sin (TWEETS)

A lot of the smoke wafting from the investigation into Russia’s effort to hack the election for Donald Trump wafts from the Oval Office itself. But a …

Donald Trump

Chris Deerin: Now raise a glass to the daftest political moments of the year

This, I believe, is the true meaning of Christmas, giving the present of love to the unlovable and forgiveness to the unforgiveable.<p>If you feel I am …

Scottish Politics

Trump Loses Tax Break On Scottish Golf Course Meant For Struggling Businesses

While President Donald Trump was enjoying the holidays at his “winter White House” Mar-a-Lago resort, one of his luxury hotel and golf complexes in …

Scottish Politics

North-east businessman at centre of offensive online comments row

Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>A prominent Aberdeenshire businessman and community stalwart has found himself at the centre of a major row over …

Scottish Politics

Scotland's Christmas gift to the world ... a massive tax hit for Donald Trump

The exact cost to Trump from the change is unclear. While Trump clawed back nearly £110,000 this year from tax-payers, a Scottish government source …

Donald Trump

The papers: SNP attacks Kremlin propaganda

<b>The SNP has launched its strongest attack yet on Kremlin "disinformation" just as the party's former leader Alex Salmond hosted a Christmas special of his chat show on a Russian "propaganda channel", writes The Herald. The paper quotes West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes saying the SNP</b> …

Prince Harry

It's Brexmas! Let's reward politicians for their hard work throughout the year

Torcuil says: We slang ’em all year but really they do work hard, and for mostly honourable reasons.<p>It's been quite a year, so drawing up the list …

Scottish Politics

A Kremlin-funded channel debuts on French TV. Will anyone watch?

PARIS — At long last, RT has arrived on French television.<p>The Kremlin-funded news agency aired its first broadcast Monday, with a segment that quoted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accusing the French government of “supporting terrorism” in Syria and featuring a far-right local politician who …

World News

JENNY HJUL: Mhairi Black's clothing comments reveal so much about Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon

© PA<p>Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>Thank heavens for rookie politicians! Mhairi Black, the SNP’s youngest MP, has inadvertently given two wonderful …

Referendums

Scotland facing new wave of larger wind farms with taller turbines under SNP energy plan

A new wave of larger wind farms with taller turbines are to be built across rural Scotland, under radical plans unveiled by SNP ministers to generate half the country’s energy needs from renewable sources.<p>The Scottish Government’s first energy strategy backed the development of more wind farms …

Scottish Politics

Tax changes set Scotland on a different course

The notion that Scotland is “different” from the rest of the UK has long been central to political culture and discourse north of the border, …

Referendums

Teacher recruitment crisis rumbles on as schools could be forced to go part-time

Education was described by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as her priority when she took over from Alex Salmond.<p>Primary pupils could be shifted to …

Education

SNP should have raised top tax rate to 50%

© PA<p>Sign up to our <b>Daily</b> newsletter<p>Sir, – When it came to making a decision whether or not to divert from Tory austerity policies and increase the top …

Scottish Politics

Mhairi Black rejects Alex Salmond’s sartorial advances

Since arriving in Parliament in 2015, Mhairi Black has caused a stir in Westminster. The 23-year-old SNP MP rarely misses the chance to criticise the place – whether it’s the ‘old and defunct’ systems and procedures or the ‘sociopaths’ that inhabit it. Now it seems that not even her own party is …

Scottish Politics

Russian media tweet investigation

A TV show presented by the former first minister of Scotland is being investigated over tweets broadcast on the state run TV station Russia Today.<p>One tweet read out on the Alex Salmond show may have come from a twitter account that doesn’t exist whilst another was found to have been posted by the …

Scottish Politics