Posts Tagged ‘Alex Salmond’

Cameron is locked into body-swerve mode on Scottish independence

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Back in the noughties, there was a Stoke-on-Trent councillor who faced a very strong challenge from the BNP for his seat. The fascists threw the kitchen sink at it, and Labour countered by ensuring they went door-to-door. It was touch-and-go but in the end the BNP did not win and the incumbent clung on. The […]

Grangemouth, class aggression and the ‘national interest’

by Stephen Low.

It is in ‘the national interest’ that Grangemouth remain open say the Scottish Government, refusing to countenance closure. They are however seemingly content with the idea that this be accomplished by the Ineos workforce sacrificing wages, pensions, redundancy terms and shift allowances. The national interest is being defined as the continuation of production at the […]

Boundary changes for devo max: the Tory-SNP deal that may reshape the UK

by Mark Seddon.

For all of the miscalculations and cock-ups of the past two-and-a-half years, the Tory party, and David Cameron in particular, are as strategically focused as ever on winning power and holding on to it. Few will be surprised to learn, then, that Cameron is still determined to force through parliamentary boundary changes next year that […]

Scotland: at least Labour could oppose independence independently

by David Osler.

In a part of Britain in which the population still gets overly excited about the ideological alignments of its football clubs, the British flag is not just a neutral patriotic symbol. Thirteen-year-old Lee Heron was earlier this year sent home from his high school in Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, for wearing a Union Jack T-shirt his mum […]

The animated debate on Scottish independence

by Jon Lansman.

Scottish independence, as seen from Taiwan. Marvelous. Watch out for the reference to the 700th anniversary of Mel Gibson’s death, and the Irn-bru powered starship. Hat-tip Bella Caledonia.

Time to bury New Labour in Scotland

by Jon Lansman.

The results in Scotland are a disaster for Labour, but they are a disaster made in Scotland. According to poll results, in a Westminster election, Labour’s support in Scotland would be slightly up on last year’s General election, which was itself, at 42%, a good result for Labour, up 2.5% on 2005. Not that this should […]

Why is Scottish Labour under-performing? Too fixated on Westminster?

by Jon Lansman.

NOW UPDATED The latest You Gov poll for Scotland on Sunday shows that the SNP are favourites to form the next Scottish Government — a dramatic turnaround from only a few weeks ago. It implies that the SNP could govern much more easily as a minority, or form a majority government with any party it […]

Labour leading in Scotland

by Jon Lansman.

The latest poll points to a Labour lead in the battle for the Scottish Parliament by 7% over the SNP in the regional votes which are normally the best predictor of the seats each party is likely to win. The YouGov poll shows that Labour is likely to do worse in the constituency elections — […]

Poll blow for Labour in Scotland

by Jon Lansman.

As the SNP launch their campaign for the Scottish Parliament elections, Labour faces a much closer fight than it hoped according to the latest Ipsos MORI poll for the Times (£). Whereas the same pollsters put Labour 10 points ahead of the SNP in November and another pollster had Labour 16 points ahead last month, […]

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