Yvonne Ridley: Royals, Referendums and the time to 'yield what is impossible to keep'
Anti-war campaigner and independence supporter Yvonne Ridley writes from Barcelona after the one-million strong demonstration on La Diada. Ridley examines the response of King Felipe to the push for Catalan independence and compares it to that of Queen Elizabeth – in both cases, the monarchy may need to learn when to yield
‘Ignorant and insulting’: Anti-racist activists push back on image of the royal wedding as a beacon of progress
Women in Scotland question the media narrative framing the royal wedding as a win for race equality
ANTI-RACIST and feminist campaigners in Scotland have criticised the view, conveyed in much media coverage of the issue, that the marriage of mixed-race American actress Meghan Markle to Prince Harry is a sign of progress on race equality, describing the framing of the wedding as “tokenism”.
Jim Cuthbert: How Brexit exposes the failings of Britain's monarchy and makes the case for republicanism
Economist Jim Cuthbert says Britain's monarchical structure no longer serves any useful purpose and has become detrimental
ONE hitherto unremarked aspect of the Brexit fiasco is how it illustrates the failure of the British system of constitutional monarchy to provide an adequate longstop to prevent governments making disastrous decisions. This is not what was meant to happen.
Mark McNaught: Why there really is no UK democratic legitimacy left in Scotland
Dr Mark McNaught, Assistant Professor of Law, Philosophy, and US Civilization at the University of Rennes, says Scotland should do democracy its own way
TO THE extent that it ever existed, the frantic convulsions of the Westminster system in the wake of the Brexit vote have definitively extinguished any legitimacy of the UK in Scotland.
Only time will tell if any can be restored to what will be left of the UK, after the constitutional writhing has subsided and we begin to see what will emerge in its wake.
Tories force pay cut on public servants while Queen gets cash bonanza
More cuts for emergency service staff - but millions extra spent on Royal family
THE TORIES and the party’s hard-right allies in the DUP cheered in the House of Commons as they forced a pay cut on millions of public sector workers across the UK.
In the first major vote since the June snap election, a Labour-led amendment to end the pay cuts was voted down by 323 votes to 309. The ten votes of the DUP, bought with a £1bn deal this week, were crucial in defeating the ‘progressive alliance’ of Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru, and Green MPs.
The political prince: Charles Windsor has access to decades of state secrets
Heir to the throne has been receiving confidential cabinet papers
A THREE-YEAR LEGAL challenge has revealed further access of Charles Windsor, Prince Charles, to political power in the UK.
A cabinet memorandum - detailing that Charles receives secret cabinet documents on government proposals and discussions - was finally released into the public following a freedom of information dispute.
'Meals over monarchy': Activists organise food bank donations outside Holyrood Palace
11-hour collection aimed to highlight gap between rich and poor in Scotland
WOMEN FOR INDEPENDENCE campaigners in Edinburgh collected hundreds of pounds worth of food bank donations this weekend in a campaign to support meals for people struggling financially over the pomp and privilege of the royal family.
The campaign day - 'meals over monarchy' - coincided with a celebration in Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, to mark Elizabeth Windsor becoming the longest ever serving monarch of the United Kingdom.
As Elizabeth Windsor becomes longest reigning Queen, is the monarchy richer than ever?
Reuters suggests the royals are rolling in cash - but Republic says the money is ours
TODAY ROYALISTS are celebrating the longest reign of any British monarch in history, but for republicans the pomp and wealth of the royal circus can feel jarring in an age of austerity.
News group Reuters, after compiling research on the royal household, claimed this week that the Queen is richer than ever - and among the 20 richest individuals in the world.
Re-branded Queen Elizabeth hospital: NHS Glasgow claims "no record" of decision
Health board says no minutes were taken of meeting where it was decided to rename Scotland's largest hospital after the Queen
HEALTH BOARD NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has said that no minutes were taken in the meeting where it was decided to re-brand Southern Glasgow University Hospital to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.