Six reasons you don't want to be George Osborne right now
Written by James Meadway for New Economics Foundation:
GEORGE Osborne is back as Chancellor of the Exchequer. But he's inherited something of an economic mess from the last government. Here are the top six reasons he faces a tough task ahead:
1. Spending cuts didn't work last time
Radical right and eager for austerity: Meet the new members of David Cameron's first all-Tory cabinet
The new cabinet members are younger with more women - but even more right-wing
OUT with the old and in with the new - well, not really. David Cameron has stuck with his philosophy of keeping most cabinet positions consistent, with the majority of the big positions continuing to be held by the 'big beasts' of the Conservative party.
Tories heading for a majority government in shock result
Tories heading for 329 seats
THE Conservative party is set to win a slim majority in the House of Commons, in a shock General Election result that defied the polls.
David Cameron's party made gains in England and Wales on 2010, while maintaining its one MP in Scotland.
Although not all seats have declared, it's clear that Cameron will continue as prime minister, with the BBC expecting the party to win 329 seats, giving it an overall majority of three.
Cameron described it as the Tories "sweetest victory".
The Independent backs another Tory-Lib Dem coalition
The title said that a Labour government reliant on SNP support would be a "disaster" for Britain
THE INDEPENDENT newspaper has thrown its backing behind another Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition if, as expected, the outcome of Thursday's General Election vote is another hung parliament.
In an editorial, the paper said that a minority Labour administration which depended on SNP votes "would be a disaster for the country".
Independence "dream will fade", says Prime Minister
David Cameron: "I can see there's a nationalist appeal"
PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has said Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader, is selling a "false dream" to the people of Scotland, and predicted that the cause of independence would "fade" over time.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour on Tuesday, Cameron said: "My view is she's selling a dream, but it's a false dream. She's selling the dream of separation."
Shaun Milne: How Scotland is standing tall against the union of hypocrites
Writer and professional layabout Shaun Milne charts Scotland's political journey over the last few years and shows unionists how the upstart Scottish voters are only doing what they told them to
TAKE a long, deep breath and imagine how this General Election would have played out if the independence referendum had never happened.
Can you feel that? The overwhelming sense of hopelessness, monotony and misery as rich white men in suits argue constantly over the microscopic changes to policy their party would make if only you would vote for them.
First Minister responds to "silly" John Major attack on the SNP
Major said Labour-SNP deal "a recipe for mayhem"
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon has responded to former Tory prime minister John Major's view that a Labour minority government would be subject to "a daily dose of blackmail", saying that Major's view was "silly, over the top, and frankly it doesn't show him in a particularly good light."
Major said on Monday that "if Labour were to accept an offer of support from the SNP, it could put us on course to a government held to ransom on a vote-by-vote basis and we would pay the price".
Wings Over Scotland: That'll be yer Vow, then
By Rev. Stuart Campbell, Wings Over Scotland editor
THE DAILY RECORD gets up high on its outrage horse this morning with a front-page story titled "Double-crossed on devo", echoing Jim Murphy's claim of yesterday that the Tories' manifesto pledge on "English votes for English laws" is a "betrayal" of the "Vow" signed by the three UK party leaders before the independence referendum.
Craig Paterson poll analysis: Drilling down on the raw numbers shows that the SNP shouldn't get too comfortable
CommonSpace poll analyst Craig Paterson takes a look at the latest General Election polls and what they mean
JUST over a week ago the Tories seemed to be cementing a small lead (in England) and up here in Scotland the Labour machine seemed finally to be creaking into action.
They say a week is a long time in politics and it was some week. To borrow a phrase from former Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont: "I'm astonished."