IT WAS once described, by a Labour minister, as the “union railway” that would bring Scotland, England and Wales closer together.
That was always a crazy claim – every study of the giddyingly expensive High Speed Two railway scheme says the biggest beneficiary by far is London and the south-east.Read more
SCOTTISH Questions in the House of Commons was always a strange affair.
Old Tories who knew nothing about our country would use the occasion to take a pop at us.
All too frequently, they were joined by Labour MPs, who appeared to hate the SNP-run Scottish Government much more than the Conservative Westminster one.Read more
SNP is now more than a political party.. it is a mass movement that will speak for all the people of Scotland
Scotland has spoken. From the housing schemes of Glasgow to the leafy suburbs if Edinburgh, from John o' Groats to the Mull of Galloway, message has been resounding. We want change. We want an end to austerity. We want Scotland's voice to be heard.Read more
“PANIC on the streets of London,” is a famous line from a song by The Smiths.
Now it’s used to described the right-wing press overreaction to the SNP unstoppability.
Morrissey would no doubt approve – he backed a Yes vote last year.Read more
THE leak was bad enough. The lie was even worse.
The French ambassador denied that Nicola Sturgeon told her that she preferred Cameron to Miliband.
So did her consul in Edinburgh, who had given a third-hand account of the meeting to a UK civil servant, who then put it in a memo.Read more
THERE is no such thing as an ex-mother. A child is forever and so is the bond you have with them – that’s what we celebrate this Sunday.
But for many “empty nesters”, the feeling of being an ex-mother, while absurd, is overwhelming.
So, this politics-free part of the column today is for them.Read more
PANIC, according to Collins English Dictionary, is “a sudden strong feeling of fear that prevents reasonable thought and action”.
Medical definitions suggest this can result in “senseless, hysterical behaviour” often triggered by a sense of “impending doom”.Read more
IT WAS man bags at dawn as the big beasts of British politics started 2015 with an unconvincing square go.
Chancellor George Osborne claimed Labour will fail to axe enough public spending in government.
But Ed Balls, his Labour shadow, hit back – insisting he was ruthless with a hatchet too.Read more
IT was a year like no other.
That’s what the BBC Scotland radio jingle told us on the hour, every hour, in 2014.
I agree with the state broadcaster – for once.
The year we will ring out at midnight was unique in Scotland’s history.Read more