Hamish Macdonell is the former Political Editor of the Scotsman, and now a Scottish political commentator
Hamish Macdonell's Sketch: Cameron's Cabinet visit to Scotland gives nationalists home advantage in independence stakes
24 February 2014 09:17 PM
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.
16 May 2013 11:19 PM
Hamish Macdonell saw the bank's outgoing chairman come in for a rough ride at his final investors' meeting
24 November 2012 12:01 AM
Activists gather in Glasgow to try to steer breakway movement sharply to the left
22 October 2012 12:00 AM
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.
20 October 2012 12:00 AM
Alex Salmond celebrates after members vote to drop opposition to military alliance
18 October 2012 06:24 PM
Alex Salmond rallied the SNP at its annual conference in Perth today by telling activists that “in 2014 the nonsense ends”.
07 September 2012 12:00 AM
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
04 September 2012 05:05 PM
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.
26 June 2012 09:30 AM
Former Chancellor launches pro-union 'Better Together' campaign in Edinburgh
26 April 2012 10:00 AM
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.
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
- 1 Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber reach almost £154,000 on eBay
- 3 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 4 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 5 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs