Brian Taylor, Political editor, Scotland

Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

This is where you can find my take on what's happening in the world of Scottish politics

Serving the people of Scotland

  • 25 September 2014
  • From the section Scotland

It was a day for citation. Mostly, of course, our tribunes cited the People of Scotland. But, occasionally, they turned to other, lesser sources.

Alex Salmond, representing the Ancien Régime (albeit voluntarily departing), suggested drily to Labour's Johann Lamont that she might usefully pay heed to voices apparently raised by members of her party at Westminster.

Well, when I say "raised" . . . in the customary fashion, these voices were actually behind-the-hand whispers, delivered anonymously to the wicked media.

They were, seemingly, less than supportive of Ms Lamont's leadership. Unaccountably, Mr Salmond seemed to feel she might have missed the comments - and needed an update.

Ms Lamont was unperturbed - or, maybe, internecine squabbling is simply part of the warp and weft of life in the People's Party. Or, indeed, all parties at sundry times.

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Sturgeon's challenge

  • 24 September 2014
  • From the section Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon will face many challenges ahead - on the realistic presumption that she is elected SNP leader and thus first minister.

Not, incidentally, that she was making any such presumption today: her linguistic tense was uniformly conditional.

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Rising to the challenge

The division in the referendum could scarcely have been more fundamental: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Answer given, it was incumbent upon our elected politicians to rise to the challenge of seeking a degree of consensus. The alternative, of course, would be political stasis.

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Analysis: The Union lives on - now England expects

union flag on scotland shop

The day after the night that has gone - and a few random, disjointed meanderings anent the referendum result which sees Scotland stay within the Union.

For, amid all the reaction and the talk of further reform, that is the primary outcome. Scotland stays in the Union. The UK, as founded in 1707, subject to considerable subsequent amendment, remains in force.

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Analysis: Referendum results night (in bite-sized chunks)

Yes No signs and flag

Keeping up with what is happening as the results of the Scottish referendum come in. Here are some bite-sized chunks of analysis.....

Posted 07:16

David Cameron says there is clear support for maintaining the union. It is time now for the UK to come together - with a "balanced settlement" which is fair to Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.

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Time for the people to speak

  • 17 September 2014
  • From the section Scotland
Yes and No balloons

The final day and confidence is the keynote on either side. Certainly, that was so at the two competing rallies I attended in Glasgow.

At the Yes event in the city's Buchanan Street, the talk was of empowering a generation. The talk was of enabling Scotland to build a more prosperous and just society.

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Political parties make power play

  • 16 September 2014
  • From the section Scotland
Daily Record
The pledge was carried on the front page of Tuesday's Daily Record newspaper

Perhaps it might help if we took a little look at the pledge of more powers set out by the pro Union parties today.

The one that was trailed last night by Gordon Brown and covered on the telly and the wireless.

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Impassioned pleas as end in sight

  • 15 September 2014
  • From the section Scotland
Jockey Carol Batley, representing the "No" vote, (L) and jockey Rachael Grant, representing the "Yes" vote, prepare to take part in a "Referendum Race" sponsored by Ladbrokes at Musselburgh racecourse on September 15, 2014

Entirely understandably, there is the sense of an end game. But that does not mean in the slightest that the passion has drained from this referendum. Absolutely the reverse.

Two speeches today exemplify that phenomenon, in different ways. Both Alex Salmond and David Cameron delivered emotive and emotional arguments.

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A remarkable electoral event

  • 11 September 2014
  • From the section Scotland
yes and no supporters

So where are we?

With each side eager to assign gloom and despondency to the other. Chaos, says one. Despair, says the other.

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Personal pleas

  • 10 September 2014
  • From the section Scotland
David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband
David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband campaigned in Scotland ahead of the referendum

Different perspectives. Different pitches. Different leaders. Different venues. But a common thread.

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg all campaigned in Scotland today urging people to reject independence.

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About Brian

Brian has been a journalist for ever, well, since 1977.

He covers politics in all of its guises - UK, European but mostly Scottish.

Before joining the BBC he spent six years as a lobby correspondent at Westminster.

He has lectured on politics and identity across Europe and the USA and has written two books - and co-written a handful of others.

At St Andrews University, he studied literature.

He is a proud, patriotic Dundonian and fanatical supporter of Dundee United Football Club, losing no opportunity to trumpet their many glories.

He is married with two sons.

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