Alex Salmond

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The SNP begin its annual conference in Perth on Thursday after an extraordinary week. The Edinburgh agreement signed on Monday is a watershed moment in Scotland's home rule journey. Paving the way for the most important decision our country will make in 300 years, the agreement ensures that we have a referendum designed and delivered by the Scottish parliament.

The Edinburgh agreement ensures that, not only is the referendum made in Scotland, but that whatever the decision taken by the people of Scotland, it will be respected by all. That respect for process and outcome is vital as we move forward in forging a new partnership among the people of these islands.…  Seguir leyendo »

The best thing to be hoped for is that the Liberals Democrats will behave loyally and modestly in the national interest; loyally when the going gets tough over reducing the deficit, and modestly with regard to the lack of enthusiasm for PR to which their bad showing in the election attests.

Sadly that is Cloudcuckoo Land, because the modern Liberal party is often to the left of Labour and sees this as a once-in-a-generation chance to muscle in PR. Every Government since the war has always been re-elected once — except Ted Heath’s in 1974 — so a minority Tory ministry is the second best thing to hope for.…  Seguir leyendo »

Scotland has changed decisively in the past 18 months. As I said on the evening of the SNP's election victory in May last year, we are a country that has moved on for good and for ever.

Part of that change is the new confidence in every part of the nation, among young and old alike. And allied to that confidence is that people no longer believe the scare stories put about by our Unionist opponents.

The Unionist argument has always been, at its very core, a dishonest and insidious one. In the absence of hard facts and cold logic it has instead relied on fear, smear and misinformation.…  Seguir leyendo »