Hamish Macdonell is the former Political Editor of the Scotsman, and now a Scottish political commentator
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.
26 April 2012 12:00 AM
American billionaire sweeps into Edinburgh to fight plan for a wind farm near his golf course
26 January 2012 12:00 AM
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.
13 January 2012 12:00 AM
Examining the practicalities of an independent Scotland
10 January 2012 12:01 AM
While symbols of nationalism proliferate at the site of the battle, not everyone's mind is made up, says Hamish Macdonell
05 November 2011 12:00 AM
Plan to disband Tories north of the border is defeated after Ruth Davidson wins crucial leadership election in Edinburgh
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
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