Hamish Macdonell

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

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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.

Donald Trump at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

Keep your hair on: Trump blasts Scotland over turbine project

American billionaire sweeps into Edinburgh to fight plan for a wind farm near his golf course

Hamish Macdonell: This brand new Scotland is slick and professional

It was no coincidence: Alex Salmond chose the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle and Burns’ Night to launch his consultation on an independence referendum yesterday so he could send out the message that this was about Scotland and nothing else.

Scots would get a new passport, probably with the slightly
different Scottish coat of arms

Hamish Macdonell: How would the division work? It's complicated...

Examining the practicalities of an independent Scotland

A statue of Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn

Spirit of Bannockburn thrives north of the border

While symbols of nationalism proliferate at the site of the battle, not everyone's mind is made up, says Hamish Macdonell

Murdo Fraser: The outgoing deputy leader wanted a new party to replace the Conservatives

Relief for Cameron as Scots vote to preserve party

Plan to disband Tories north of the border is defeated after Ruth Davidson wins crucial leadership election in Edinburgh

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