Lesley Riddoch

Lesley Riddoch: Options for a North Atlantic Scotland

Hundreds of politicians, activists and civic leaders from Norway, Iceland, the Faroes, Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Russia and the wider world will arrive in Edinburgh next week for a special Arctic Circle Forum entitled “Scotland and the new North”.

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Donald Trump wont be attending the two-week COP 23 talks  but Arnold Schwarzenegger will be there. Picture: Getty

Lesley Riddoch: Climate change progress possible without Trump

There are grounds for optimism on making climate change progress without Trump, writes Lesley Riddoch

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Lesley Riddoch: EU must take initiative on independence movements

Mediation is required to deal with Catalonia crisis, but who will step forward to take that responsibility, asks Lesley Riddoch

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A Barcelona citizen shows his colours at a mass rally yesterday against Catalonias declaration of independence. Picture: AP

Lesley Riddoch: EU must take initiative on breakways or reap consequences

Careful and neutral mediation is required to deal with the Catalonia crisis, but who among the member states will step forward to take that responsibility, asks Lesley Riddoch

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Boris Johnson and his wife Marina arrive at the General Election count at Brunel University in London.

Lesley Riddoch: UK voting system is broken and discredited

What a tantalising prospect for the beleaguered Theresa May. The latest Boundary Commission proposals could reduce the number of constituencies from 650 to 600 and kill a small flock of troublesome birds with just one stone.

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Reservoir Dogs (1993) Picture: Live Entertainment / The Kobal Collection

Lesley Riddoch: Brexit crisis more calamitous than most imagine

The Brexit crisis is deeper and more calamitous than most imagine. We must change course now, writes Lesley Riddoch

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Independence might not be on the agenda at the SNP conference, but delegates have welcomed references to it.

Lesley Riddoch: Sceptics’ flawed search for Peak SNP

The Scottish media is choosing to turn a blind eye to the fact that the governing party is still by far the most popular in Scotland, says Lesley Riddoch

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The self-conscious and self-absorbed BBC is hilariously portrayed in W1A, which, of course, is a BBC sitcom. Picture: BBC

Lesley Riddoch: BBC is not bold or diverse enough

As Beeb falls over itself to be ‘neutral’, its reporters are failing to ask the tough questions viewers expect, writes Lesley Riddoch

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Research suggests workers who stand on the job are twice as likely to have heart disease than workers who sit

Lesley Riddoch: Back-breaking work has returned to Britain

The staff at your favourite cafe might be smiling through gritted teeth after an agonising shift, writes Lesley Riddoch.

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Lib Dem Party leader Vince Cable. Picture: SWNS

Lesley Riddoch: Lib Dems may have something to offer after all

The Lib Dems are tainted by coalition but they may have something to offer after all, reckons Lesley Riddoch

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Prime MInister Tony Blair in Parliament Square, Edinburgh, the morning after the referendum on Scottish devolution which was a decisive Yes Yes

Lesley Riddoch: Blair’s immigration plan is far from liberal

The ex-prime minister’s intervention shows how the immigration debate has become poisoned, writes Lesley Riddoch

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Livingston under construction, 1964. The creation of New Towns was opposed by the Tories after the war.

Lesley Riddoch: New Towns can’t solve Scotland’s housing problems

It’s crazy to think our housing needs can only be delivered in large dormitory-like estates, says Lesley Riddoch

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Alex Salmond is back in the headlines with his high-profile festival show and a prediction that Scotland will be independent in four years. Picture: Greg Macvean

Lesley Riddoch: Has Alex Salmond got it right this time?

The former First Minister is hardly a flawless tipster but independence in four years can’t be ruled out says Lesley Riddoch

Chief Constable Phil Gormley is facing investigation over alleged bullying

Lesley Riddoch: What is wrong at Police Scotland

Does the cluster of problems around Police Scotland suggest it’s time to rethink the single force strategy?

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Supporters wave pro-independence Catalan flags in Barcelona.  Picture: Getty Images

Lesley Riddoch: Catalan independence movement poses dilemma for SNP

The choice between Madrid and Barcelona is one that all political leaders will soon face, writes Lesley Riddoch.

The Grenfell Tower inferno aftermath has exposed the underlying failings of Britains marketised, Del Boy society. Picture: Getty

Lesley Riddoch: SNP must show Scottish way of doing things

So the UK government will end the historic anomaly that’s let five European states fish our inshore waters. Hooray. It may also scrap the public sector pay freeze and university tuition fees in England.

The Folkemodet festival of politics on the Danish island of Bornholm

Lesley Riddoch: Danes lead the way in political participation

When it comes to public participation in politics a Danish island is leading the way, writes Lesley Riddoch.


Lesley Riddoch: Election exposed weakness of political system

As Westminster prepares for an uncertain future, it is time to review the whole system, argues Lesley Riddoch.


Lesley Riddoch: Has Scotland reached ‘peak independence’?

Does the General Election result mean an end to prospects of a second independence referendum?

Two women hug after bringing flowers to add to tributes laid on the north side of London Bridge following last night's terrorist incident. Picture: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Lesley Riddoch: Focus must remain on democracy

Clearly almost everyone on these islands is in a different emotional space after the shocking London Bridge attack. But are we in a different political place too?

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