Trust in the Scottish Government fell last year but a majority still have faith that ministers are working in the country’s best interests, according to new statistics from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey.121 comments
It’s Scotland’s third largest local authority, representing the interests of more than 368,000 people.4 comments
A senior Police Scotland officer helped co-ordinate the response to a series of firearms incidents from his own home, it has emerged.
Armed patrols have been increased by Police Scotland around key sites following the terrorist attack in Westminster.6 comments
The sight of paramedics crouching over a body on Westminster Bridge while the Prime Minister is evacuated to safety and MPs are put under lockdown yards away in the Houses of Parliament is extremely chilling and harrowing.7 comments
So the debate over genetically modified crops again comes to the fore with Princess Anne saying the crops have important benefits for providing food and health benefits for animals and she would be open to growing them on her own land.5 comments
Police Scotland has included a projected deficit of nearly £50 million in its budget for the coming financial year.19 comments
The digital technology workforce in Scotland could rise to 150,000 by 2021 as ministers place the sector at the centre of the country’s economic future.6 comments
Everybody should have the chance at redemption, and the terrorist turned politician Martin McGuinness played a significant role in bringing peace to Nothern Ireland.
Warning bells rang in many people’s minds on hearing that inflation had risen to its highest level for more than three years – the major culprits being identified as global price pressures and the weakness of the pound.
Regardless of their elation or disappointment at the result of the 2014 referendum, many Scots were simply relieved to have the whole thing over and done with.16 comments
A Scottish MP has spoken of the death threats she received following her election for the SNP in 2015.
Supporters of the European Union will march through Edinburgh on Saturday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and reaffirm their opposition to Brexit.94 comments
An EU data transfer deal is essential to Scottish business success, writes Hugh Aitken
It is hard not to hear Tom Watson’s cries of a secret plan to seize control of the Labour party, and not have the feeling that history is repeating itself, with the party once again spiralling into factionalism.8 comments
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the referendum that voted to establish the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.74 comments
In the aftermath of last week’s momentous announcements by Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May one interview in particular stuck in my mind.164 comments
It is hard to see what Theresa May thought she would gain by announcing in an interview that she was going to reject First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a Scottish independence referendum before Brexit.48 comments
If Donald Trump’s first budget is an indication of what lies in store for the remainder of his presidency, then we should all be worried.5 comments
Reducing officer numbers can help make Police Scotland “leaner” and more able to respond to emerging crime threats, it has been claimed.4 comments
There can be no surprise that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was quick to welcome the decision by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers to admit women – after all, she is a fan of a second ballot if the right result is not achieved by the first.
The growing number of Scots living well into old age has made dementia “the biggest health and social care challenge” faced by society, a charity has warned.4 comments
The announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is really no surprise, but, now the prospect of a second independence referendum is upon us, it brings home the enormity of the political turmoil into which we are being thrown.30 comments
White men are now an “endangered species” in top business jobs as women and members of ethnic minorities are promoted to the senior positions, Tesco’s chairman has said.11 comments
The unfolding crisis in the NHS is perhaps no more keenly felt than in general practice.1 comment
An independent study of controversial plans to integrate railway policing into Police Scotland has highlighted a shortage of detail and a “concerning” lack of consensus for the move.21 comments
The first of a fleet of Royal Navy new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) has been named after one of Scotland’s major rivers.22 comments
Theresa May could not have been clearer. Voters should use the forthcoming council elections “to send a message” to Nicola Sturgeon that they do not want another independence referendum.40 comments
Robots and driverless cars are among the “disruptive technologies” to receive additional funding, the Chancellor has said.2 comments
The amount of North Sea oil still to be extracted is less than half of the figure the Yes campaign predicted ahead of 2014 independence referendum, an industry expert has said.212 comments
Scots are failing to claim benefits they are entitled to, with an estimated 500,000 individuals or families not signing up for income-related payments they can legally claim.2 comments
The number of births in Scotland last year fell to its lowest level in a decade, official figures have revealed.21 comments
As technology increasingly shapes our lives, will more women consider careers in the sector, asks Rachel Barton2 comments
THEY were the future, once. When the first MSPs were elected in 1999, two young SNP members raced ahead of the shuffling herd.113 comments
It started as something from a spy novel, but now the bizarre assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is threatening to blow up into a major international incident.
There are often, in these columns, calls for the government to take action, and criticism of it for failing to do so, or that the action it does takes is not as effective as it is claimed. Recently we have highlighted the problems in Scottish education, particularly in closing the attainment gap – one of First Minister Nichola Sturgeon’s key priorities . Recent figures showed that academic standards were down, and the Sutton Trust published a report that showed the attainment gap was widening.2 comments
A record number of young people in Scotland’s most deprived communities are continuing their education, undergoing training or getting a job after they leave school, according to the latest figures.8 comments
Vital elections in Europe could see the rejection of the far right, not its triumph, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis32 comments
If your community wants to be heard, it’s time to ditch career politicians, writes Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey6 comments
It will be sad to see the departure of General Motors from Europe after around 100 years, and it probably gives us a taste of where the United States is headed, given that the company wants to divest itself of its European business to concentrate on its home market and emerging Asian market.2 comments
As many North Sea oil and gas fields are now coming to the end of their productive lives, the industry is facing the massive, expensive and technically challenging task of decommissioning.6 comments
Annie Lennox has suggested that US President Donald Trump has been “helpful” in drumming up support for women’s rights.20 comments
Brexit will have profound consequences for Scotland’s economy and future prosperity, a Holyrood committee has said.280 comments
Life expectancy in Scotland has failed to rise for the first time since records were established in 1861, research has found.42 comments
Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned the EU that Britain will “fight back” and not “slink off like a wounded animal” if it does not get the Brexit deal it wants.15 comments
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has accused Labour of running an “orchestrated smear campaign” over claims relating to the Hillsborough disaster.11 comments
Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to drop one of the Scottish Government’s key business advisers after he attended an exclusive fundraising dinner for the Conservative party.84 comments
Pro-independence blogger Wings Over Scotland has been accused of "homophobia" by the Scottish Secretary David Mundell over comments on social media about the politician's son.90 comments
There has been much talk about closing the attainment gap in Scottish education – put more plainly, that means getting those children in disadvantaged areas the help they need to get better qualifications from schooling to give them a better chance at higher earnings and thereby leaving the huge and comprehensive penalties of poverty behind them.35 comments