The inside track

Finance Secretary John Swinney writes here about how an independent Scotland will be able to strengthen its competitive business environment and create a business culture that specifically meets the needs of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Jan 16th, 2013

First Minister and SNP Party Leader Alex Salmond discusses the coming year, saying 2013 will answer the big questions on Scotland's future.

Jan 13th, 2013

An expert group which will advise on how a fairer welfare system can be introduced in an independent Scotland has been unveiled by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon - a welfare system which protects the vulnerable and supports Scottish households.

Jan 8th, 2013

The SNP’s membership has surged by almost a quarter during 2012. Up-to-date figures published by the party find that – at the end of 2012, there are now 24,732 members. This compares to 20,139 at this point last year – a rise of 22.8%.

Dec 31st, 2012

The First Minister’s New Year message highlighted the restoration of free higher education as an example of the kind of difference that could be made in areas such as social security and foreign affairs following the referendum in 2014.

Dec 31st, 2012

SNP Depute Leader and Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on both sides of the independence debate to conduct the argument over the constitutional future of Scotland in a positive way that encourages people in Scotland to make an informed choice in the autumn 2014...

Dec 30th, 2012

When Mr Q set up a Twitter account a little over a year ago, his boss Dennis Robertson MSP had no doubts that his four legged friend’s nose for news would be an instant success.

It’s not easy always tweeting with paws, but Mr Q has racked-up nearly 500 followers and made new friends along...

Dec 23rd, 2012

Nicola Sturgeon writes...

That simple truth, perhaps more than any other, undermines the recent ludicrous scaremongering of the anti-independence parties in relation to our place in the European family of nations.

From the Sunday Herald (16/12/12)


Dec 17th, 2012

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Bringing the powers home to build a better nation Strathclyde University December 3, 2012

Dec 3rd, 2012

Alex Salmond has used his St Andrew’s Day message to highlight Scotland’s proud history of invention and discovery

Nov 30th, 2012