Hamish Macdonell

Hamish Macdonell is the former Political Editor of the Scotsman, and now a Scottish political commentator

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Hamish Macdonell's Sketch: Cameron's Cabinet visit to Scotland gives nationalists home advantage in independence stakes

The delight was clear on Alex Salmond’s face as he addressed his audience in Portlethan Parish Church. “This is only the second time in history the UK Cabinet has come to the north of Scotland,” he said, with a grin, waving over his shoulder in the general direction of the Shell headquarters in Aberdeen where David Cameron was, just at that moment, sitting down to a meeting with his fellow UK ministers.

Lloyds was attacked for paying bonuses while failing to issue dividends

Sir Win Bischoff faces wrath of Lloyds shareholders

Hamish Macdonell saw the bank's outgoing chairman come in for a rough ride at his final investors' meeting

The Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has been moderate

Radicals threaten Salmond and Scottish independence campaign

Activists gather in Glasgow to try to steer breakway movement sharply to the left

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with First Minister Alex Salmond

Poll puts pressure on Salmond over joining euro

Alex Salmond – who is refusing to reveal whether he has received potentially problematic legal advice on Scotland's future in the EU – suffered a setback last night after a new poll showed that the vast majority of Scots think he is wrong.

Alex Salmond rallied the SNP at its annual conference

Salmond embraces Nato in SNP's 'Clause 4 moment'

Alex Salmond celebrates after members vote to drop opposition to military alliance

Alex Salmond tells SNP conference 'the nonsense ends in 2014'

Alex Salmond rallied the SNP at its annual conference in Perth today by telling activists that “in 2014 the nonsense ends”.

Hamish MacDonell: Chancellor's assault has touched a raw nerve

When George Osborne was given control over the strategy to fight the Scottish Nationalists, it was seen by many as the beginning of a battle which would pit two of the best political operators in the country against one another: Mr Osborne and Alex Salmond. But, for the past year and a half, the Scottish First Minister has had the field pretty much to himself. The Chancellor has had his hands full elsewhere.

Alex Salmond uses Scottish Parliament opening speech to warn David Cameron not to interfere in independence referendum

Alex Salmond used his set-piece opening speech to the Scottish Parliament today to warn the Prime Minister not to impose conditions on Scotland over the independence referendum.

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling during the launch of the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK, at Edinburgh Napier University

Alistair Darling makes passionate plea for Scotland to stay in the UK

Former Chancellor launches pro-union 'Better Together' campaign in Edinburgh

Donald Trump at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

Donald suffers an attack of wind as Scotland protests

As Donald Trump and his entourage swept into the Scottish Parliament early yesterday morning, a stiff breeze barrelled down from the Edinburgh crags and threatened to lift the famously thin but coiffured locks from the American entrepreneur's head.

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