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Scott Macnab: Indyref2 poses new arguments

Scotland’s political landscape has changed since 2014 and both sides must adapt to this, says Scott Macnab.

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Nicola Sturgeon celebrates SNP success during the 2012 Scottish local election count in Glasgow. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scott Macnab: Who’s left to stand up to Holyrood?

The SNP is poised to seize control of town halls but opposition to diktat from Edinburgh may suffer, writes Scott MacNab

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The hospitality industry in Scotland fears lay-offs and closures after an overhaul of business rates

Scott Macnab: Tax hike that could break Scots firms

As Scotland’s economy struggles, a huge increase in business tax is grim news for companies says Scott Macnab

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Former First Minister Jack McConnell believes it was a mistake to move away from adversarial politics. Picture: Andrew Cowan

Scott Macnab: No-one holding Holyrood to account

Scottish Parliament’s bid to avoid Westminster’s ‘us and them’ politics has fallen short in key areas writes Scott Macnab

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The cost of scrapping redundant oil rigs could wipe out future North Sea tax revenues.

Scott Macnab: SNP faces a ‘post-oil’ financial dilemma

Scottish Government needs to come up with an economic case for independence which looks beyond fossil fuels, says Scott Macnab

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MPs from the Environmental Audit Committee have told the government that major new field tests should be done before any genetically modified crops are allowed to be grown commercially in Britain.

Scott Macnab: SNP must be open to science in GM food debate

The prospect of a new generation of genetically modified (GM) crops trials in the UK is generating much excitement among the scientific community. Decades have passed since those early fears over so-called “Frankenfoods” emerged and the direct action protests of campaigners fearing the health impact. And while scepticism remains, proponents south of the Border feel it’s time once again to give public opinion a shake on this issue.

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Health Secretary Shona Robinson can expect to receive a tough time from the opposition over centralisation of NHS services.

Scott Macnab: Our politicians are not facing up to cutbacks

The SNP’s historic election victory in 2007 which saw the party take power for the first time was built on a platform of protecting the NHS in Scotland. As the incumbent Labour/Liberal Democrat administration pressed ahead with plans to close A&E services in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire, Alex Salmond pledged to keep them open and the principle of “localism” came to lie at the heart of the incoming Nationalist administration.

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The UK's economy has fallen behind India's for the first time in more than a century following June's Brexit vote.  Picture: Neil Hanna

Scott Macnab: Scotland torn between two unions

Nicola Sturgeon’s post-Brexit strategy puts Scotland’s place in the UK in doubt again, writes Scott Macnab

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Finance Secretary  Derek Mackay is set to unveil first budget since sweeping new tax powers were given to Holyrood. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor / J P License

Scott Macnab: Scotland’s historic new powers bring tax dilemma

Finance secretary Derek Mackay will unveil a historic budget tomorrow amid calls for tax hikes, writes Scott Macnab

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John Swinney is pressing on with further change in schools after a challenging picture of current standards was unveiled yesterday.

Scott Macnab: Education figures are another blot on the SNP’s report card

After deriding Labour promises to win votes and power in 2007, the Scottish Government is now wide open to criticism over its own record, writes Scott Macnab

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Humza Yousaf has found the transport minister brief is as perilous as the fate of his predecessors suggests.

Scott Macnab: Transport minister is a poisoned chalice role

Humza Yousaf’s brief has been among the toughest posts in Scotland since devolution says Scott Macnab

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Donald Trump becomes US President next year and all world leaders will have to deal with him

Scott Macnab: Scotland must build bridges with Trump

The First Minister has sent out a strange message by attacking Donald Trump then congratulating him on his win, says Scott Macnab

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Celtics Green Brigade have been prominent among targets of police action following the passing of OPBFA. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scott Macnab: Sectarian laws were doomed to fail

The “headline grabbing” approach to dealing with an entrenched problem in football has not worked, says Scott Macnab

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Nicola Sturgeon has slammed the Chancellor's Autumn statement. Picture Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon reveals 36-hour wait on Brexit "hotline"

Nicola Sturgeon today claimed the Scottish Government was left waiting 36 hours to get a response from an so called Brexit "hotline" unveiled by Theresa May this week.

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Nicola Sturgeon held Brexit talks in London this week, but faces hard questions here in Scotland. Picture: Getty Images

Scott Macnab: Austerity dilemma won’t go away

The Climate of Austerity may have failed - but stark choices still face political leaders in Scotland writes Scott Macnab

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The West Phoenix rig stands amongst others which have been left in the Cromarty Firth  as oil prices continue to decline having a major impact on the UK's North Sea oil industry. Picture Getty Images

Scott Macnab: Scottish slump not down to Brexit

When the Alex Salmond made history almost a decade ago by winning power at Holyrood and becoming Scotland’s first pro-independence leader he immediately sought to bolster the country’s economy.

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Jeremy Corbyn was in Scotland last week to tell Yes voters only Labour has the answer to inequality

Scott Macnab: The battle for the ‘anti-politics’ vote

The anti-establishment territory belongs to the Nationalists in Scotland - but only for now, says Scott Macnab

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Jeremy Corbyn ruled out a formal alliance with other parties.

Corbyn tells Scots that only Labour has the answers to inequality

Jeremy Corbyn last night told Scots that Labour has the answers to the “deep unfairness and inequalities” facing the country and not the SNP’s vision of independence.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon might have to adopt a new approach given the opposition her party is now encounterning in Holyrood. Picture: Getty Images

Scott Macnab: the SNP are now facing real opposition again

When Nicola Sturgeon lost her Holyrood majority at the Scottish elections in May, it didn’t feel like a whole lot would change.

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Protesters outside Grangemouth oil refinary yesterday as the Ineos Insight gas carrier arrived with the first with shipment of shale gas.

Scott Macnab: Time to look at the facts on fracking

Political leaders must pay greater heed to hard scientific evidence on this powderkeg issue, writes Scott Macnab

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