Scottish National Party

In rural Scotland there has been a surge in support for breaking up the estates

New media technologies allow us to listen only to those we agree with. Journalists must fight that tendency

Watching the death throes of Labour on election night in Glasgow

Scottish nationalism has destroyed civility north of the border, putting journalists in the firing line

On the doorsteps of Essex and Glasgow, the reasons why voters are turning to UKIP and the SNP appear remarkably similar

Does the ruthless new leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party deserve to be calling the shots in Westminster too?

‘Don’t believe the polls. Either side could win the Scottish referendum’

The Scottish Islamic Foundation (SIF), Scotland’s primary Islamist pressure group, was forced this week to return £128,000 of public money.

I have a piece in today’s Observer  about the proposal to release the Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing on compassionate grounds. It is one thing to free the dying Ronnie Biggs – who never hurt anyone. Quite another to release a dying man convicted of the murder of 270 people on any grounds other than that an appeal court has decided that he is not guilty. But it looks as if the Scottish nationalist politicians in charge of the case are preparing to do just that. By my reckoning, he will have served one year for every 30 people he murdered.

    I picked up two impressions as I researched the article last week.

Scottish devolution is now a fact of life. But the Union is still in Scotland’s interests, despite the rise of nationalism