Ahead of SNP annual conference tomorrow, Living Rent tenants’ union are delivering their Tenant Manifesto to the SNP’s party HQ in Edinburgh. They’re calling for proper rent controls, after the Scottish Parliament introduced Rent Pressure Zones in 2016 that councils have been unable to use, due to the cost of data collection requirements placed on them to […]

A strange conference in a strange moment for the SNP


The UK Government’s budget deficit for this year will reach 19 per cent of GDP for 2020/21, according to Chancellor Rishi Sunak. It’s worth reflecting on that figure in the context of the Scottish independence debate. For years, we have been told by opponents of independence that a prospective budget deficit in an independent Scotland […]

Doubling down on the Growth Commission is a huge mistake






The latest polling on independence is some good news in tough times for Yes supporters. 58 per cent in favour of independence is reaching into new territory of independence support, even if it is just one poll. As polling expert professor John Curtice points out, this is “the ninth poll in a row since June to […]

Yes on 58%: What’s behind the poll lead?


“When 75 percent of the nation would vote for independence with ‘the right economic case’, when is the Scottish Government finally going to publish one?”

Ellen Höfer: The blank White Paper