Analysis: Blame Westminster for drug deaths record - and blame 20 years of Holyrood conforming to British norms
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says shocking new Scottish drug death statistics cannot be blamed just on one party, or one parliament – it’s a collective political failure more than 20 years in the making
THE new figures on drug-related deaths in Scotland are simultaneously shocking and predictable.
1,187 deaths last year, 27 per cent higher than the previous year. Drug deaths have doubled since 2008, and for the first first time more people died from drugs than alcohol this year. Drug deaths in Scotland are the highest in the EU.
Analysis: Jo Swinson's candidacy shows the Lib Dems haven't changed
Recent comments by the Lib Dem leadership hopeful demonstrate that, while the political environment may have altered in their favour, the party remains the same
IT has been a tumultuous two decades for the Liberal Democrats.
David Cameron to add more Conservative peers in wake of Lord Sewel scandal
Prime minister rebuffs calls by parliamentarians to reform or scrap the House of Lords
David Cameron is set to increase the number of Conservative peers by as many as 50 despite outrage over the recent scandal involving Lord Sewel and calls from opposition MPs for Lords reform or abolition.
Danny Alexander claims "impotent" SNP has less power with 56 MPs than he had as Treasury minister
SNP is "impotent" in Westminster due to a lack of a single Scottish MP within the Treasury
DANNY ALEXANDER, the recently unseated Highland Lib Dem MP and chief secretary of the Treasury, has categorised the SNP as "impotent" in Westminster due to a lack of a single Scottish MP within the Treasury.
Alexander claimed that the absence of any Scottish MPs in the Treasury for the first time since the creation of the Scottish Parliament meant that he had more collective power than all 56 SNP MPs when he was in office.