Alex Salmond ventured south last night to lecture inform the citizens of what he termed Britain’s “Dark Star” of his latest plans. You can read his New Statesman lecture here.… Continue reading The post Alex Salmond’s taxing realism: Scotland cannot afford socialist dreams appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Another day, another hole blown in Alex Salmond’s case for breaking up Britain. The IFS has today published its estimates (based on the OBR’s) for Scottish oil and gas revenues,… Continue reading The post Does Alex Salmond want to swap rule from London for rule by OPEC? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
How many things can Scotland afford to give up with if it decides to go independent? Alex Salmond has already been told he'll lose the pound and have to reapply to join the EU. He may even have to form his own "Scottish Intelligence Service", aka the McMI5, as London will be obliged to view [...]
In a packed press conference yesterday, First Minister Alex Salmond angrily hit out at “those who would seek to bully Scotland” over the question of an independent Scotland’s future currency. Salmond aimed his remarks specifically at “reality”, which he claimed had “ganged up with logic, common sense, and just basic obviousness”, in a devious plan [...]
The problems keep on mounting for Alex Salmond, the SNP and the Yes to independence campaign in the Scottish referendum. This morning, Standard Life, the pensions and fund management giant based in Edinburgh for almost two centuries, is warning that it could move south after independence. In such circumstances it says it would relocate money [...]
There are growing signs Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is shifting ground on keeping the pound if Scotland votes for independence. After his plan to negotiate a formal currency union was shot down by all three main British parties, he is now hinting that Scotland could unilaterally adopt the Pound regardless. Show More Summary
Lucky old Aberdeen. Not only does the "Granite City" get a visit from David Cameron and the UK cabinet today. Alex Salmond is in town too, with his ministerial top team. As well as that the place is reportedly full of visiting political journalists, many of them hoping, presumably, that the Prime Minister and First [...]
SCOTLAND'S First Minister, Alex Salmond, today accused David Cameron of using “bluff, bluster and bullying” against the Yes campaign for Scottish independence. Salmond was on the verge of using a fourth 'B' word – bribery – but decided...Show More Summary
Within just a few miles of each other, the PM David Cameron and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will chair meetings of their cabinets - one in Aberdeen, the other just outside it. Both are unveiling plans which they claim will...Show More Summary
Within just a few miles of each other the PM David Cameron and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will chair meetings of their cabinets - one in Aberdeen, the other just outside it. Both are unveiling plans which they claim willShow More Summary
CAMERON TAKES CABINET TO ABERDEEN The UK cabinet is meeting in Scotland today for the second time in 90 years. David Cameron has taken his ministers to Aberdeen, while SNP leader Alex Salmond takes his Scottish Cabinet to Portlethen, just a few miles away. Show More Summary
Those of us who want a referendum on the European Union need to be cautious in our approach to the Scottish one. What is sauce for Alex Salmond’s goose may… Continue reading The post Is there a difference between voting to get out of the UK and voting to get out of the EU? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Guardian is having some fun at the expense of Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, and the former Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. I'm not sure which of the two politicians the cartoonist, Steve Bell, dislikes or admires more - probably neither of them given his line of work. Show More Summary
My Telegraph colleague Iain Martin is one of Britain’s wisest and most learned political commentators. But I wonder about his claim yesterday that Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond have both come a cropper. Mr Martin uses strong language, stating that Farage is starting to "blow up" and has "hit a ceiling in terms of attracting [...]
It has been a bad week for Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland and leader for the Yes campaign for independence. First, he was told that his plan to keep the pound as Scotland’s currency is not supported by any of the three major political parties at Westminster. Even the independent Permanent Secretary to [...]
"Alex Salmond wants to be William Wallace," a Treasury aide told me a few years ago. No, I corrected him. Alex Salmond wants to be Robert the Bruce. While Wallace was a glorious failure, who ended up being tried and executed in London, the Bruce was a great success. He was a brilliant leader who [...]
You may agree with the Scottish government that it's bluff, and there will be goodwill and co-operation once negotiations get under way. Having digested it, and Alex Salmond's response this morning, my reckoning, for what it's worth:...Show More Summary
A recording of a conversation between Alex Salmond and George Osborne has been leaked to The Spectator. An edited extract follows: Alex Salmond: Scotland and England are different countries. So different,… Continue reading The post Revealed: the Salmond-Osborne Tapes appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
After a couple of weeks of something frightening and bad called ‘campaign rhetoric’ from Westminster politicians, Alex Salmond today tried to reassure Scots that everything would be OK if they… Continue reading The post Alex Salmond attacks ‘campaign rhetoric’ with a ‘George Tax’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The pro-Union Better Together campaign undoubtedly took a risk when it decided to dynamite the SNP's currency union proposal last week. There is a danger that some undecided Scottish voters hear the warnings from George Osborne, Ed Balls, Danny Alexander and others that Scotland will not be able to keep the pound, with the Bank [...]