‘Completely unacceptable’: John Swinney condemns Home Office following reports of children detained at Dungavel
Reports that child refugees are still being held at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre almost a decade after the Home Office announced an end to the policy have led to fresh calls for the devolution of asylum powers
Analysis: The turgid Brexit Fisheries debate lets down Scotland’s coastal communities
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray finds no one seems to want to talk about the big substance issues affecting Scotland’s fishing communities, the three most important being inequality, ownership and technological change
FIRST Minister’s Questions on Thursday [29 November] saw another round of turgid debate on the future of Scotland’s fisheries.
Patrick Harvie presses First Minister on independence referendum after Brexit deal publication
The First Minister stated in June last year that she would express her view on the timing of an independence referendum once the UK-EU Brexit deal was clear
SCOTTISH GREENS co-convenor Patrick Harvie has pressed the First Minister for a “precise timescale” on an independence referendum, following the publication of the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.
‘Scotland ignored’: First minister says Davidson and Mundell have ‘no option’ but to resign
Ian Blackford told the prime minister her deal was “dead in the water”
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish Secretary of State David Mundell and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson have “no option” but to resign following the publication of the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, as the prime minister hangs on by a thread.
Analysis: Have SNP and Labour switched sides in the universalism v means-testing debate?
The First Minister said at FMQ’s that she thinks means-testing can achieve “maximum effectiveness” in tackling child poverty – but if this is true, why not for tuition fees and prescriptions as well?
POLITICS moves in unpredictable ways, but the one thing you can be sure about Scottish politics is, one way or another, SNP and Labour will start up the universalism v means-testing debate again.
Holyrood Highlights: The normal folk's guide to Thursday in parliament
FMQs: How do we live without you?
PARLIAMENT came back swinging after its recent recess.
This week’s whirlwind of activity, crowded even by Holyrood standards, was thus far crowned by the combative passage of the Scottish budget on Wednesday evening, but there’s a certain sense of grim anticipation around today’s First Minister’s Question Time, with a two week backlog of unanswered questions and unarticulated grievances for party leaders to cram in.