European conventions have been broken – the Brexit blog

By even agreeing to meet with Nicola Sturgeon Jean Claude Juncker and Martin Schultz have broken the convention that the EU will only engage with states. This is a huge shift and miles away from what the EU was saying prior to the 2014 referendum. This has cheered supporters of Scottish independence who claim Scotland… Continue reading European conventions have been broken – the Brexit blog

What have we done? The Brexit blog

Once again Scotland is collectively banging its head against a brick wall wondering just what it can do to have any influence in UK politics. A year ago almost every single Westminster seat went to the SNP but still we got a Tory government that Scotland has rejected now for decades. This morning we woke… Continue reading What have we done? The Brexit blog

SNP hold Argyll and Bute

Team SNP was in good spirits throughout the Scottish election count for Argyll and Bute constituency at Lochgilphead Joint Campus. This relaxed mood was justified as there was unlikely to be a shock here, Michael Russell had held the seat in 2011 with 50 per cent of the vote. Across the room it was a… Continue reading SNP hold Argyll and Bute

On the campaign trail 16 – All’s fair in love and politics

The official campaigns have finally got underway and Holyrood is deserted until the next batch of MPs take their places in May. I remembered this when I went to send an irate letter to a certain Mr MacKay about the fact that it was going to take 14 hours to get from where I grew… Continue reading On the campaign trail 16 – All’s fair in love and politics

On the campaign trail 16 – council tax

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement on council tax puts the isssue centre stage during the campaign for the Holyrood election on May 5. After nearly a decade the SNP will end its council tax freeze from next year if they are re-elected. Scotland’s 32 local authorities will be able to increase the tax by 3… Continue reading On the campaign trail 16 – council tax

On the campaign trail 16 – The fiscal framework

Let’s be honest, despite it being cited as the area that can win or lose an election working out economics can be difficult and dry. Especially for someone like me who never was the best at numbers and maths. All this fiscal framework business has been making my head spin. It’s all part of the… Continue reading On the campaign trail 16 – The fiscal framework

On the campaign trail 16- Kick off

The starting gun has well and truly been fired on the Scottish election that will take place on May 5, just over three months away. With Labour in disarray and the Tories disliked to the extent that the Liberal Democrats ¬†continue to be punished for their ill advised coalition no one would bet against the… Continue reading On the campaign trail 16- Kick off