News & Insights  |  Posted June 29, 2022

Nicola Sturgeon plots a path to a 2023 referendum

The First Minister told the Scottish Parliament of her plans to bring about another referendum on whether Scotland should be independent, with a proposed date of 19 October 2023.

The First Minister told the Scottish Parliament of her plans to bring about another referendum on whether Scotland should be independent, with a proposed date of 19 October 2023.

News & Insights  |  Posted May 20, 2022

The united states of the unions

It’s the life of a democratic political leader that one day you’re in Washington DC basking in the glow of praise from one of the United States’ most senior leaders and the next you’re back home and on the hook for the cancellation of the 18.44 Scotrail service to Markinch.

It’s the life of a democratic political leader that one day you’re in Washington DC basking in the glow of praise from one of the United States’ most senior leaders and the next you’re back home and on the hook for the cancellation of the 18.44 Scotrail service to Markinch.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

News & Insights  |  Posted April 8, 2022

Giving the mainstream the cold shoulder?

Journalists in Scotland have been expressing annoyance being excluded from what was described as the launch of the SNP’s council election campaign.

Journalists in Scotland have been expressing annoyance being excluded from what was described as the launch of the SNP’s council election campaign.

News & Insights  |  Posted January 24, 2022

Partygate: Frustrations and resignations

Expert opinion — Eddie Barnes, Our Scottish Future

Expert opinion — Eddie Barnes, Our Scottish Future

News & Insights  |  Posted January 14, 2022

Red Wall turns up the heat on levelling-up

“I wish I could say this is a joke; it is not a joke”. Those were the words of BBC Today presenter Nick Robinson reporting that Michael Gove — the Secretary of State responsible for levelling-up — was late for an interview because he was stuck in the Broadcasting House lift.

“I wish I could say this is a joke; it is not a joke”. Those were the words of BBC Today presenter Nick Robinson reporting that Michael Gove — the Secretary of State responsible for levelling-up — was late for an interview because he was stuck in the Broadcasting House lift.

News & Insights  |  Posted December 17, 2021

Life in a Northern Town

Expert opinion — Henri Murison, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Expert opinion — Henri Murison, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

News & Insights  |  Posted December 7, 2021

Happy Christmas, war is over. Almost.

It may almost be Christmas but many Labour MPs are already thinking about the summer of 2024.

It may almost be Christmas but many Labour MPs are already thinking about the summer of 2024.

News & Insights  |  Posted November 12, 2021

COP or flop? Creating the climate for change

I was not even a twinkle in my mother’s eye when the first Conference of Parties (COP) met in 1995.

I was not even a twinkle in my mother’s eye when the first Conference of Parties (COP) met in 1995.

News & Insights  |  Posted November 10, 2021

Money for nothing

There’s a Harry & Paul sketch in which Harry Enfield plays Tony Blair on his first day as a part-time adviser to the investment bank ‘Lorgan Stanley’. They’ve forgotten they appointed him when he stood down as Prime Minister and are taken by surprise when he turns up at reception.

There’s a Harry & Paul sketch in which Harry Enfield plays Tony Blair on his first day as a part-time adviser to the investment bank ‘Lorgan Stanley’. They’ve forgotten they appointed him when he stood down as Prime Minister and are taken by surprise when he turns up at reception.

News & Insights  |  Posted October 22, 2021

Carbon capture: walking the line between Levelling Up and the Union?

In the mid 2000s, I spent a couple of days in and around Aberdeen for a feature I was writing about how the oil industry was diversifying.

In the mid 2000s, I spent a couple of days in and around Aberdeen for a feature I was writing about how the oil industry was diversifying.