post 24 June 2015
Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: is Scotland giving the Queen a pay cut?

Will the Queen really lose millions if the Scottish Government takes over the Crown Estate assets north of the border? Errr... no.

article 03 June 2015 UK, Scotland
Krishnan Guru-Murthy by John Byrne on art, Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish independence

Playwright and artist John Byrne is the kid from Paisley, who made it from the notorious Ferguslie Park housing estate to a life of fame as an artist and writer.

article 26 May 2015 UK, Greece
Pablo Iglesias (Getty)
Europe's anti-austerity movements: from Podemos to the SNP

The surge in support for the radical left Podemos party in Spain's regional elections is the latest manifestation of a spectre haunting Europe: the rise of the anti-austerity movement.

article 16 May 2015 UK, Scotland
Jim Murphy
Jim Murphy resigns as Scottish Labour leader

Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy announces his intention to resign - and launches a stinging attack on Unite trade union leader Len McCluskey.

article 10 May 2015 UK, Scotland
JK Rowling Twitter row: support for author over poll abuse

Twitter users rally to show their support for JK Rowling after she became a target for online abuse in the wake of the election results.

post 08 May 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog When will English politicians understand Scotland and the SNP?

How much longer does the English political establishment go on not only not getting it - but demonstrating with toe-curling embarrassment that they simply don't get it.

post 08 May 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Feeling threatened? Insults fired at the SNP

More insults raining down on the SNP tonight with the Labour hopeful in Glasgow South calling the party a "cult". Curious for any person defending a 10,000+ "safe seat" to say that because it sounds l

post 05 May 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog What is the SNP doing to stamp out its problem fringe element?

Yesterday this correspondent suggested it was time the SNP named and shamed its extremist fringe. They've made a belated start to stamp it out - but could they do more?

post 05 May 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Gordon Brown the footsoldier: could he pull it off again?

Barnstormer 2 - the sequel. The heroic - at least as far as unionists are concerned - Gordon Brown rides into Glasgow from Fife to sweep all before him in an impassioned plea to sway the electorate.