Diary: Tories claim EU a threat to sporrans

The Tories have warned about a threat to Scottish sporran sellers after it emerged that the sale of new seal-skin sporrans will be banned...

Diary: Oops, Labour proof-reading gaffe mars manifesto launch

Labour managers had to delay the online edition of their manifesto today to correct a mistake which caused great mirth when it was spotted...

Electionspeak: campaign

By Betty Kirkpatrick There is often a lot of inter-party hostility and enmity on the political campaign trail, and such feelings are in keeping with...

Transcript of Iain Gray's speech to Scottish Labour conference

Thank you conference. And thank you Lesley. You know conference, we meet this week in troubled times.   But it is in troubled times that Labour people...

Friday song: Sensational Alex Salmond at the Fringe

Never mind the Olympics, the Sensational Alex Salmond Band is about to present its “nightmarish vision of the future in Scotland”, Oliver Pissed, at...

Electionspeak: vote

By Betty Kirkpatrick If the word vote had remained true to its linguistic origins it would have been the politicians, not the electorate, doing the...

LETTER FROM SCOTLAND 16th May 2014

This week we’ve been celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament…if celebrating is the right word. It is certainly the focal point for...

LABOUR’S SPRING CONFERENCE

Labour Leader, Ed Miliband It’s Spring – and the Party Spring Conference Season is almost over. In the week that saw the funeral of Margaret...

Green campaign diary: owls, interviews and enjoyable exhaustion

The Caledonian Mercury has invited some of those in the election firing-line to send regular bulletins about the personal side of campaigning. James Mackenzie...
Queen Elizabeth II

Diary: Palace denies Queen’s Speech ‘a load of keech’

Britain stands on the verge of a constitutional crisis today after suggestions that Queen Elizabeth II appeared to snort with derision as she laid...