The Salmond row: What we know, what we need to know, and what happens now
The Salmond row has become extremely complex very quickly – CommonSpace provides a handy breakdown of what you need to know
THE debacle over Alex Salmond’s alleged sexual misconduct, which he denies, has engulfed Scottish politics and caused an unseemly public spat between the former and current First Ministers in the press, each accusing the other of smears.
Nicola Sturgeon announces government consultation on tourist tax
Andy Wightman: “The SNP government has been resisting a visitor charge for almost a decade and so it's no surprise that patience is wearing thin”
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon announced a government consultation on introducing a tax levied on tourists on Monday [1 October], after significant pressure from opposition parties and SNP Edinburgh council leader Adam McVey on the issue.
Analysis: As the horror of climate change begins to surface, can we stop sleepwalking into oblivion?
Effectively combating climate change is only possible by recognising that we are already in the midst of a global catastrophe
CLIMATE CHANGE, for those who believe that scientists know something about science, traversed from theory to reality before any of us were born. That the Earth was capable of vast climactic shifts was recognised as early as the late 18th century; a hundred years later, the unwitting (or uncaring) role which humanity’s influence played in such environmental upheavals was first posited.
Poll: No cracks in the pro-indy vote as Yes nears the finishing line
Despite fears over Brexit, new polling shows 46 per cent in favour of an independent Scotland
NEARLY HALF OF SCOTS back an independent Scotland, according to a new Ipsos Mori poll conducted on behalf of STV News.
Echoing the results of the 2014 independence referendum, in which 44.7 per cent of Scottish voters chose Yes, the polling would indicate that support for Scottish independence has not dramatically risen or fallen, but remained solid.
Scottish Labour succeeds in local by-elections
SNP fails to win any of the seats contested in local by-elections
SCOTTISH LABOUR has won two seats in local council by-elections.
Claire Quigley took the Fortissat post in North Lanarkshire, while Jim Kavanagh retained the Cardonald seat in Glasgow for Labour.
The Cardonald seat was contested after Labour's Alistair Watson died in June.
"This was a by-election no-one in Glasgow wanted.” Councillor Jim Kavanagh
Kavanagh received 2,936 votes, while second place SNP candidate Alex Mitchell took 2,101.
EU sets out plans for Irish border after Brexit
Second leaked document sets out EU’s position on any potential Irish border
THE EUROPEAN Union thinks Northern Ireland should have a separate Brexit deal from the rest of the UK.
EU negotiator, Michel Barnier is expected to reveal plans later today, as the UK Parliament holds the second reading of the European Withdraw Bill.
Scottish Tories slammed after reinstating councillors embroiled in racism storm
Tories welcome back councillors suspended over offensive tweets
THE Scottish Conservative Party has been slammed after confirming today that two Stirling councillors who were suspended from the party in May have been reinstated.
Representatives of the SNP, Scottish Green Party and Scottish Labour condemned the decision, while anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card recommended anti-racism training for Conservative Party members.
Brexit latest: Scottish Government strengthens calls for UK to stay in Customs Union
Calls for greater clarity from Brexit minister over free trade deal
THE Scottish Government has asked its UK counterparts to reconsider plans for a temporary customs union, and to reconsider the position on leaving the European Single Market.
The call comes after a UK Government paper claimed Brexit Secretary David Davis could ask the EU for a temporary, two-year, arrangement after businesses asked for clarity on how trade would continue after Brexit.