Analysis: The turgid Brexit Fisheries debate lets down Scotland’s coastal communities
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray finds no one seems to want to talk about the big substance issues affecting Scotland’s fishing communities, the three most important being inequality, ownership and technological change
FIRST Minister’s Questions on Thursday [29 November] saw another round of turgid debate on the future of Scotland’s fisheries.
Patrick Harvie presses First Minister on independence referendum after Brexit deal publication
The First Minister stated in June last year that she would express her view on the timing of an independence referendum once the UK-EU Brexit deal was clear
SCOTTISH GREENS co-convenor Patrick Harvie has pressed the First Minister for a “precise timescale” on an independence referendum, following the publication of the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.
‘Scotland ignored’: First minister says Davidson and Mundell have ‘no option’ but to resign
Ian Blackford told the prime minister her deal was “dead in the water”
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish Secretary of State David Mundell and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson have “no option” but to resign following the publication of the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, as the prime minister hangs on by a thread.
Analysis: Have SNP and Labour switched sides in the universalism v means-testing debate?
The First Minister said at FMQ’s that she thinks means-testing can achieve “maximum effectiveness” in tackling child poverty – but if this is true, why not for tuition fees and prescriptions as well?
POLITICS moves in unpredictable ways, but the one thing you can be sure about Scottish politics is, one way or another, SNP and Labour will start up the universalism v means-testing debate again.
Holyrood Highlights: The normal folk's guide to Thursday in parliament
FMQs: How do we live without you?
PARLIAMENT came back swinging after its recent recess.
This week’s whirlwind of activity, crowded even by Holyrood standards, was thus far crowned by the combative passage of the Scottish budget on Wednesday evening, but there’s a certain sense of grim anticipation around today’s First Minister’s Question Time, with a two week backlog of unanswered questions and unarticulated grievances for party leaders to cram in.
FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon takes aim at Scottish Labour's internal strife
The first minister argued that “pish” could “describe much of what Jackie Baillie says in this chamber”
FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON used this week’s First Minister’s Questions to make some pointed remarks about Scottish Labour’s internal divisions as the party’s Scottish leadership race turns increasingly bitter.
FMQs: Sturgeon reiterates intention to withhold consent from Brexit bill
Nicola Sturgeon confirmed Scottish Government’s recommendation that the EU (Withdrawal) Bill should not be approved in the first FMQS of the new session of the Scottish parliament
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon has reiterated her recommendation that the Scottish Parliament should not approve the UK Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill in its current form.
Craig Paton Does FMQs: Kez sneaks in a double header and Patrick Harvie goes out of control
Columnist Craig Paton offers his weekly sketch of First Minister's Questions
FIRST MINISTER'S QUESTIONS this week had different tone. Partisan barriers were set aside, there was no hooping and hollering, no screaming and shouting.
Unfortunately, it was in reaction to a tragedy; the Manchester bombing. Each member was deliberate in their respect for the lost and for the wounded, given that election campaigning had been suspended.