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Same as the Old Boss?

The Scotsman newspaper portrays Nicola Sturgeon in the same light as her old boss, Alex Salmond, which is perhaps not surprising given they have worked as a team, so successfully, for the past ten years. But I do think Nicola Sturgeon...Show More Summary

Diversity in Modern Scotland

I watched Alex Salmond deliver his resignation speech as Scotland's longest serving First Minister which was broadcast live on TV from the Scottish Parliament. And it wasn't half bad, I have to say, with just enough party politics to...Show More Summary

Farewell Alex Salmond, hello Nicola Sturgeon

And so the Age of Nicola dawns. Elected First Minister by the Scottish Parliament yesterday; sworn in this morning. Taking First Minister’s Questions this afternoon. Alex Salmond’s departure was a… Continue reading The post Farewell Alex Salmond, hello Nicola Sturgeon appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Speed Bonny Boat

Steve Bell, The Guardian's cartoonist, seems to have a bit of a 'tin ear' when it comes to Scottish politics because unless I've misunderstood things Steve in this drawing is mocking Alex Salmond, as Bonnie Prince Charlie. And the role...Show More Summary

Alex Salmond’s School of Denial

Alex Salmond is on his way out. The First Minister gives every impression of enjoying – or at least making the most of – his farewell tour. And why not?… Continue reading The post Alex Salmond’s School of Denial appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scotland produces enough wind power to power all the homes in Scotland

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Scotland is pushing ahead with green energy, with First Minister Alex Salmond claiming that renewables could provide 100 percent of Scotland's energy by 2025. And last month, Salmond's push for wind farms appears to have borne fruitShow More Summary

Nice Neighbours

For reasons best known to itself the town of Lewes in England decided to burn an effigy of Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, and according to this photo poor old Loch Ness Monster, more commonly known as Nessie, was to go up in...Show More Summary

Scottish First Minister To Be Burnt For Bonfire Night

An effigy of Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is to be burnt in Lewes, England as part of the celebrating of Bonfire Night. The annual event celebrates the day a plot was foiled to blow up King James I by Guy Fawkes and others in 1605. Show More Summary

Alex Salmond is a big fat fibber- and how to reform politics.

I was lying in bed on Sunday when the visage of Alex Salmond appeared to me. He was doing one of those tedious Sunday morning political shows, and was using the opportunity to be distinguished from a ray of sunshine … Continued

Alex Salmond, deputy prime minister: how it could happen

Alt Text: The Mole Scotland’s outgoing First Minister could return to Westminster at the head of a powerful bloc of MPs Column The Mole Monday, November 3, 2014 - 12:35pm Alex Salmond, the outgoing SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland,...Show More Summary

Caption Ed Miliband and see Alex Salmond’s face in the Halloween pumpkins

Even the po-faced Associated Press (video above) couldn’t but describe as ‘toe-curling’ Ed Miliband’s encounter with a homeless hijabi. Pundits agree that Ed appeared ‘terrified’ of the beggar in Manchester. Mr… Continue reading The post Caption Ed Miliband and see Alex Salmond’s face in the Halloween pumpkins appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Alex Salmond shows how the SNP will fight Labour in 2015

Talk to senior Labour figures about the polls that show them losing 30 or more seats in Scotland, and they say two things. The first is that these polls have… Continue reading The post Alex Salmond shows how the SNP will fight Labour in 2015 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Alex Salmond fighting a Westminster seat that voted overwhelmingly NO would be a huge gamble

You could see this as an attack line? “You voted NO – now tell him you mean it”? It’s been reported widely that the outgoing SNP leader and Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, is thinking about seeking a Westminster seat to fight at GE15. This would mean a return to the Commons. The one he’s […]

Haste Ye Back

Apparently, Alex Salmond, who is standing down as Scotland's First Minister, is thinking of standing in the May 2015 general election. Which is great news. Because if you ask me, because the best way to reform the Westminster Parliament is to get shot of a whole load of these useless Labour MPs who have been shoring the place up for years. Show More Summary

Haste Ye Back

The Guardian's resident cartoonist Steve Bell echoed the sentiments of Private Eye the other day in as much as the imminent retirement of Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, seems not have affected his ability to dominate the political agenda. Show More Summary

The shadow of EVEL will still hover over the Commons

Alex Salmond was on Today this morning, muttering darkly about a new betrayal of Scottish voters from Westminster leaders. He was looking ahead to this afternoon’s debate on Scotland, where… Continue reading The post The shadow of EVEL will still hover over the Commons appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Salmond cancels first south of border appearance

Alex Salmond is licking his wounds up north in the wake of his defeat in the Scottish referendum. After describing being booed by golf fans at the Ryder Cup as… Continue reading The post Salmond cancels first south of border appearance appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scotland and Europe: Independence not what it used to be

Will braveheart nationalism or unionist tradition win the Scottish referendum on 18 September? Neither is really relevant any longer, as a healthy dose of European common sense would suffice. Alex Salmond appeals to Scottishness and David Cameron to Britishness, both of which are both better than Nigel Farage's English exclusiveness. Show More Summary

News in Europe: Still Great Britain

Greetings, citizens, and what did I say? Scotland voted “No,” and the world did not stop. After the 55% No vote, Scotland will remain part of the UK, albeit with a lot of perks from the government in London, and without Alex Salmond, who resigned as First Minister and SNP leader. Personally, I’m relieved that Scotland did not start a... Read More

The limits of private polling

What do Alex Salmond & Mitt Romney have in common? http://t.co/V9a2WYSixk pic.twitter.com/rxTLcE8rb4 — The Screaming Eagles (@TSEofPB) September 24, 2014 Both had private polling showing they were going to win. For we followers and obsessives of opinion polls, there are two words that grab our attention like no others, those two words are “private polling”, there’s […]

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