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University challenge
In his final hours as First
Minister in November last year, Alex Salmond famously unveiled a commemorative
stone at Heriot Watt University inscribed with his own words. The gesture was aimed at
marking the outgoing FM’s proudest achievement in politics - re...

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University challenge
In his final hours as First Minister in November last year, Alex Salmond famously unveiled a
commemorative stone at Heriot Watt University inscribed with his own words. The gesture
was aimed at marking the outgoing FM’s proudest achievement in
politics - re...

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University challenge
In his final hours as First Minister in November last year, Alex Salmond famously unveiled a
commemorative stone at Heriot Watt University inscribed with his own words.   The gesture
was aimed at marking the outgoing FM’s proudest achievement in
politics   ...

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Plugging the leaks
In two and a
half years, Police Scotland has endured more controversy than the legacy forces
attracted in a decade.   Stop and search and the use of firearms were
the big policy rows, while the M9 tragedy and the murky death in custody of
Sheku Bayoh contin...

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A question of independence
I wrote a piece recently on the internal wrangling last year in the
pro-independence Business for Scotland, based on a tranche of leaked
board-level emails. Much of the content centred on the role of BfS “managing director”
Michelle Thomson - yes, her - who...

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Alphabet soup
THE Scottish Green Party is not known for its big internal
rows, but one continues to brew. Rather oddly, it hinges on the third letter of the alphabet and involves the party's co-convenor Maggie Chapman Here is the story. A Scottish Greens disputes body is...

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Kez, not Jez
THE UK Labour leadership contest has been dogged by claims
that the rules have allowed Tories and non-Labour supporting lefties an
opportunity to skew the result. Over 112,00 people have paid the £3 to get a vote as
registered supporters, 148,182 have signe...

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Save your sources
Since last month, I have written articles for the
Sunday Herald/Herald on police using surveillance legislation to establish contact between journalists and their sources. The sterling work of the Press Gazette last year led to the
law being changed in this...

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A-list, not Z-list
If you are a Scottish Labour supporter, this week’s
Survation poll makes for further grim reading.  Not only is the SNP likely to increase its Holyrood majority
next year, but Labour looks set to lose all its first-past-the-post MSPs. A fair guess would be ...

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The Scottish Labour succession
A consensus is emerging that Scottish Labour deputy leader Kezia Dugdale
should replace Jim Murphy unopposed. Her supporters point not only to her performances at First Minister’s
Questions, but argue that the party does not need another leadership contest
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