Margaret Ferrier's covid breach is embarrassing for Nicola Sturgeon

  • 2 October 2020
  • From the section Scotland
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (right) with Margaret Ferrier, SNP candidate for Rutherglen, during her visit to Burnside Pharmacy in Rutherglen Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Nicola Sturgeon campaigning with Margaret Ferrier in November 2019

Five days a week, every week, Nicola Sturgeon appears on TV, taking questions about her coronavirus policies and urging every one of us to abide by the rules.

So for the MP who has committed the most egregious breach of the regulations - possibly of the law - to be one of her own is acutely embarrassing.

The SNP leader who has been quick to condemn others for breaking the rules has made no attempt to defend or excuse Margaret Ferrier.

This is the first minister whose chief medical advisor resigned for breaking lockdown rules back in April and who demanded the sacking of the PM's chief advisor Dominic Cummings after he was accused of breaching the regulations.

She swiftly condemned Margaret Ferrier's behaviour as "utterly indefensible".

Read full article Margaret Ferrier's covid breach is embarrassing for Nicola Sturgeon

What's Boris Johnson worried about in Scotland?

  • 23 July 2020
  • From the section Scotland
File photo dated 24/07/19 of new Prime Minister Boris Johnson waving outside 10 Downing Street, Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Boris Johnson became prime minister exactly one year ago

Boris Johnson must have found recent opinion polls conducted in Scotland to be awkward reading.

Surveys suggesting rising support for Scottish independence and a significant gap between his approval ratings and those of Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, appear to have prompted him to make his first visit to Scotland since last year's general election.

Read full article What's Boris Johnson worried about in Scotland?

Coronavirus: A heated debate over cross-border quarantine

  • 30 June 2020
  • From the section Scotland
Scotland welcome sign Image copyright Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon says she has no plans, right now, to introduce a quarantine period for visitors coming into Scotland from other parts of the UK. But by saying she is also "not ruling anything out", the first minister has ignited another heated constitutional debate.

Ms Sturgeon says we are not dealing with politics at the moment, but with a virus that doesn't respect borders or boundaries.

Read full article Coronavirus: A heated debate over cross-border quarantine

Coronavirus: Mixed messages across the four nations

Police in Glasgow during lockdown Image copyright Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon says she must extend the lockdown in Scotland to stop a resurgence of the virus.

Because the rate of infection (the now famous R number) is still at or around one in Scotland, possibly slighter higher than in other parts of the UK, she says any easing of the current restrictions would be "very very risky" indeed.

Read full article Coronavirus: Mixed messages across the four nations

How virus has changed the way reporters work

  • 26 March 2020
  • From the section Scotland
sarah smith Image copyright Alamy
Image caption Viewers will need to get used to seeing fewer reporters out on location during the coronavirus crisis

Kneeling on the sofa with a duvet over my head, curtains closed in the middle of the day, recording a voice track into my mobile phone which I then email to the video editor.

This is what broadcasting from home looks like. It's not quite as cosy as it sounds. But it's not impossible either and this will be the new normal for a long time for many broadcast journalists.

Read full article How virus has changed the way reporters work

Scottish independence: Sturgeon is trapped in a constitutional stalemate

  • 31 January 2020
  • From the section Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon delivering speech on Brexit day Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Nicola Sturgeon made a speech marking Brexit day in Edinburgh

Independence is now Scotland's only route back into the EU, Nicola Sturgeon has told supporters. But at the same time she warned them that it may not happen as soon as they would like.

Patience as well as passion will be required, she said, telling Yes supporters that their task is to persuade a majority of people to support an independent Scotland - and to stop obsessing about how or when another referendum might happen.

Read full article Scottish independence: Sturgeon is trapped in a constitutional stalemate

Nicola Sturgeon is playing the long game on indyref2

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionNicola Sturgeon: "We will continue to pursue the democratic case for Scotland's right to choose, we will do so in a reasonable and considered manner."

Nicola Sturgeon has set out, in 38 detailed pages, what she believes is an irresistible case for why Scotland should be allowed to choose its own future.

In other words, why it should be up to Scotland when to hold another independence referendum.

Read full article Nicola Sturgeon is playing the long game on indyref2

Election results 2019: A constitutional collision course in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon Image copyright PA Media
Image caption Nicola Sturgeon celebrates the results in Glasgow

Nicola Sturgeon maintained throughout the election campaign that she did not want to see Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street as prime minister.

But the SNP leader knows that a majority Tory government in Westminster, while Scotland voted very differently, is the result most likely to advance her greatest ambition - independence for Scotland.

Read full article Election results 2019: A constitutional collision course in Scotland

Election 2019: Could Nicola Sturgeon agree a deal with Labour?

Nicola Sturgeon Image copyright AFP
Image caption Brexit was very much the word of the day at the SNP manifesto launch

There are only two headlines that really matter from the SNP manifesto. The party wants to stop Brexit and have another referendum on Scottish independence.

But you can't make a manifesto out of just those two pledges, so there are plenty of other promises too.

Read full article Election 2019: Could Nicola Sturgeon agree a deal with Labour?

General election 2019: Why Labour is lost in the middle in Scotland

Jeremy Corbyn visits Scotstoun, Glasgow Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Jeremy Corbyn sounds more relaxed than his predecessors about independence

Ask voters in former Labour strongholds why they left the Labour Party, and they almost always reply: "I didn't - the party left me."

Some blame Jeremy Corbyn for taking the party too far to the left. Others blame Tony Blair for taking the country into the Iraq War.

Read full article General election 2019: Why Labour is lost in the middle in Scotland