Ukip may celebrate its midterm success, but the climb to power gets stonier the nearer you reach the summit. Ask Alex Salmond Ukip's leader, Nigel Farage MEP, prides himself on being a no-nonsense realist as well as a pint-in-hand cheeky chappie. Show More Summary
SCOTS prize their Scottish pound notes printed by their own banks. So much so, indeed, that Alex Salmond, the Scottish National Party (SNP) first minister of the devolved government, wants to keep using them in a two-country sterling zone if his countrymen vote for independence in a scheduled 2014 referendum. Show More Summary
Given that the Bank of England was set up by a Scot, Alex Salmond may expect that an independent Scotland would be automatically eligible to use the pound. Not so,… Continue reading The post Osborne warns Salmond: don’t bank on an independent Scotland using the pound. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The first rule of referendums is that the question should be neutral. Somehow, Alex Salmond seems to have managed to circumvent this in the case of the Scottish referendum in 2014. The question is "Should Scotland be an independent country?" rather than something like "Should Scotland leave the United Kingdom?", or "Should Scotland split like [...]
Scotland is currently gearing up for an independence referendum scheduled for Sept. 18, 2014. If it passes, independence advocates hope the country could become the world's newest nation as soon as 2016. First Minister Alex Salmond,Show More Summary
Hark! George Washington’s books are being returned to the shores of the great nation in which they belong! Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland, is to surrender two volumes on Monday in a formal ceremony at Mount Vernon, Washington's estate. The books became a part of the...
We may be about to enter a period of intrigue in Scotland comparable to the events that Shakespeare poured into “Macbeth”. Amid a push for increased autonomy for his country from England, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond announced recently that Scotland will conduct a referendum in 18 months seeking to abolish its three-centuries-old union with [...]
We may be about to enter a period of intrigue in Scotland comparable to the events that Shakespeare poured into "Macbeth". Amid a push for increased autonomy for his country from England, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond announced...Show More Summary
According to the Indy the Scottish Sun will remain neutral in next year’s #IndyRef.goo.gl/SiAfA twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st… — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 2, 2013 A blow for Alex Salmond? According to a report in the Independent...Show More Summary
Last week, Alex Salmond announced the date for the referendum in Scotland, 18 September 2014. The question is phrased to his advantage. ‘Should Scotland become an independent country?’ it asks.… Continue reading The post Should the United Kingdom become an independent country? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Always the showman, Alex Salmond did the unexpected today when he announced that the referendum on Scottish independence would be held on Thursday September 18 2014. He knew everyone was… Continue reading The post Salmond goes for the surprise referendum date appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Leveson Report is being implemented very differently in Scotland. As you’d expect. If you’re Alex Salmond every issue is a chance to show how different Scotland is from the rest… Continue reading The post Salmond in retreat over ‘McLeveson’ press plan appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
So, it seems some kind of torturous “deal” has been reached in London on how best to regulate the press in the future. If David Cameron’s proposals for a Royal… Continue reading The post After Leveson and McCluskey, does Alex Salmond believe in the freedom of the press? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The standard assumption about political debates is that the campaign with most to gain in all in favour of them while the candidate presumed to be the front-runner wants nothing… Continue reading The post David Cameron won’t debate Alex Salmond because televised debates are for losers. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
As all investors should know, asset valuations can go down as well as up. On Monday, Alex Salmond was reminding his critics that the opposite is also true. Yes, oil and gas tax revenue is a volatile basis on which to base your budgets. Show More Summary
First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, who is also chief of the separatist Scottish National Party (SNP), has confessed to being a huge Marvel comics fan and a slightly ironic admirer of so-bad-it's-awesome movie Ghosts of Mars. At a Scottish Film Fest event hosted by comic book writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass), the First Minister said: More »
Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 Plus 5 David Cameron Minus 28 Minus 40 Minus 12 The above [...]
First Minister Alex Salmond says Scotland will reduce carbon emissions from 347 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour in 2010 to 50 grams by 2030. Salmond said the next step is to outline specific targets and policies. According to Business...Show More Summary
Under pressure on Europe and sterling, the first minister has switched focus again on independence: claiming a written constitution answers the 'why' question on leaving the UK Alex Salmond has suggested that independence could see Scotland's citizens given substantial new constitutional and legal rights, embedded in a new written constitution. Show More Summary
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That’s why the unusually strongly-worded statement from Rangers’ chief executive this week in response to the football authorities’ proposal there potentially brings two of the [...]