Lib Dem campaign diary: school-closure concerns in the sunshine

The Caledonian Mercury has invited some of those in the election firing-line to send regular bulletins about the personal side of campaigning. Alison Hay...

Electionspeak: parliament

By Betty Kirkpatrick We have French to thank for the word parliament. It is derived from the Old French word parlement, itself derived from parler,...

Diary: Bizarre Budget bets

Anyone looking for a bizarre Budget bet could try this one. Bookmakers Ladbrokes are offering 100/1 that Alistair Darling will mention the phrase “forces of...

Diary: Salmond's border skirmish

ONE interesting background spat occurred ahead of Alex Salmond’s appearance before the Westminster Scottish Affairs Select Committee today – the first by a Scottish...

Opinion: A 10 point plan to kick-start the Big Society

By Martin Sime Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Speaking in March, the now Prime Minister David Cameron laid out his party’s...

Diary: Tories hold key to Swinney's coffers – again

The Conservatives have been in private discussions with the Finance Secretary for the past few weeks trying to hammer out concessions which will allow...

Conservative campaign diary: interviews, IDS and an Edinburgh derby

The Caledonian Mercury has invited some of those in the election firing-line to send regular bulletins about the personal side of campaigning. David McLetchie...

Sketch: Humble pie, foam pie and a few forensic questions

Well, that livened things up a bit. Just when the session was dragging badly – with the thrill of seeing “Mr Murdoch senior”, as...
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Friday song: Eck’s Army

In these turbulent political times, the latest topical song from the Sensational Alex Salmond Band is entitled Eck's Army. The band's Best Of 2011 album...

Electionspeak: ballot

By Betty Kirkpatrick The system of secret voting as used in political elections is known as a ballot, as is an occasion in which people...