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Letter from Scotland

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We 62 per cent Remainers, can hardly bear to watch the Battle of Brexit going on at Westminster.  It looks like one of the great turning points in our history, fixing our relationship with...

Letter from Scotland

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“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”  As ever, Shakespeare has it right. The festivals are over, the streets are quiet again, the schools are back, the labours of autumn begin and we...

Alex Salmond denies sexual harassment complaints

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Former First Minister Alex Salmond faces complaints of sexual harassment arising during his time at Holyrood.This has been revealed in a series of tweets and statements, both written and verbal, amid strong denials by...

Alex Salmond Unleashed is back on the road

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As he told me in New York, Alex Salmond is touring with his Unleashed show this week to both Dundee and Edinburgh when his guest will be Carla Ponsati former Catalonian minister.The other guest...

#NYCTW 2018 – A chance meeting with Scotland’s former First Minister

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I walked into an Irish bar in Manhattan which is festooned with Saltires and who was sitting on a bar stool but....Alex Salmond..The former First Minister is in the States with a production team...

Lights, Camera, Salmond!

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For “whom the gods would destroy they first make mad” said Prometheus, as he learned of Alex Salmond’s new RT-backed television show.... After more than twenty years it appears that Salmond’s thespian need for attention as...

Letter from Scotland

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I see them every morning “creeping like a snail unwillingly to school”. They’re back. The new term began this week for Scotland’s 700,000 school pupils. Some are like Shakespeare’s snails, others have “shining morning...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Alex Salmond Unleashed

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Not many of the other performers at the Fringe have the career backdrop of having been the leader of a country of around 5 million people, but Alex Salmond has lightly thrown that well-worn...

Alex Salmond Unleashed – another night added

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Just as we are recovering from the press conference that Alex Salmond held this morning and editing our video, we have heard that his debut Fringe show has been extended (for the second time)...

Letter from Scotland

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She’s been sent home to think again…..Theresa May about Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon about a second independence referendum.  And, in a way, we’ve all been forced to think again.  What’s come out of this extraordinary...

Alex Salmond to deliver inaugural Thomas Muir Memorial Lecture

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'We have achieved a great duty in these critical times...we have been the first to revive the spirit of our country and give it a national existence' (Thomas Muir, 1798) 'We unite behind a declaration...

Letter from Scotland

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Forty years ago the new Longannet power station was a big story for me.  I was an apprentice journalist on the Alloa Advertiser and the great white chimney stacks marked the eastern edge of our...

Letter from Scotland

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“At this time of the rolling year I suffer most,” says the ghost in Dickens’ ‘Christmas Carol’ as he compares the world around him with the kinder, gentler world he wishes for. And there...

First Minister’s memorabilia raises funds for charity

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Gifts and memorabilia received by former First Minister Alex Salmond have raised more than £42,000 for charity in an auction this afternoon. More than three hundred lots, donated by Mr Salmond, were auctioned by Anita...

Letter from Scotland

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Our new leader Nicola Sturgeon may not yet have declared Scottish independence but we are setting out on a different road from the rest of the United Kingdom in one important respect - drinking...

Letter from Scotland

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I have in my hand a half-penny minted in 1914. It’s worn and faded, almost black with age, but you can still see King George V’s head on it and that awful date. I’ll...

Government allocates funding for war memorials

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A further twenty war memorials across Scotland will be restored to their former glory after being awarded grants totalling £160,000, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.The money from the latest round of funding from...

Government committee meets to discuss Ebola

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With the world watching West Africa, and the incidence of cases in the US and in Spain, it is clear that the matter of Ebola is not one which any country in the world...

Letter from Scotland

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We are now into the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Low sunshine is lighting up the yellowing trees. The days are getting cooler, the wind more insistent. Scotland has had a blissfully mild...

Salmond’s resignation sparks leadership question

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First Minister Alex Salmond has said that the independence movement will go on but his time as leader of the SNP and thus as First Minister is nearly over. He will not accept nomination...

Letter from Scotland

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 On a dull, misty, September day, Scotland reluctantly decided to stay with the rest of Britain, for better or for worse, and we lost our First Minister as a result. We are not used...

Letter from Scotland

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“Don’t panic!” But of course they did. The Dad’s Army from the south came north with just a week to go before the referendum to urge us Jocks to stay with the Union and...

Letter from Scotland

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The end of the Festival is always a sad time for me. It marks the end of the summer. On Sunday night I’ll be climbing Blackford Hill as usual to watch Edinburgh Castle being...

Letter from Scotland

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What is a nation ? Is it a geographical place or a people or a culture or a language or an economic territory or a political unit ? We are asking the question now...

Man arrested following offensive tweets about First Minister

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Police arrested  a 43-year-old man in East Lothian yesterday in connection with alleged offensive online tweets posted about First Minister Alex Salmond.The man was detained in police custody and was expected to appear at...

SNP celebrates 80th anniversary

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The SNP held its first meeting 80 years ago today. The party was formally inaugurated at a meeting in the St Andrew's Hall - now part of the Mitchell Library in Glasgow - on Saturday...

First Minister opens CodeBase in Edinburgh

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First Minister Alex Salmond meets digital startup companies as he opens CodeBase, Scotland's tech companies incubator in Edinburgh. Scotland’s digital technologies sector will benefit from £6.6 million to boost its internationally renowned reputation for cutting-edge...

Scottish Independence Referendum – What’s the chat this week?

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A resumé of remarks and comments and pointers to articles about the Scottish Independence Referendum.People living in Scotland are invited to vote in the referendum on independence from the United Kingdom on 18 September 2014....

Higgs prizewinners for physics announced

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A former pupil of Boroughmuir High School was one of two prizewinners announced earlier today by First Minister Alex Salmond. Eighteen year old Lucy Willets-White and seventeen year old Peter Rhodes met First Minister...

First Minister at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

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First Minister will join William McIlvanney on stage at Edinburgh International Book FestivalOrganisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival announced today that the First Minister, Alex Salmond, will join William McIlvanney on stage on Friday...
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