Last week, Boris Johnson lost six House of Commons votes in as many days. He then ripped up the rule book and shut Parliament down – all to avoid scrutiny.
The referendum of September 2014 changed Scotland – and I believe it transformed our country fundamentally for the better.
Last week will go down in history as one of the darkest times for British democracy, as Boris Johnson pressed ahead with plans to shut down Parliament in a blatant attempt to force through an extreme hard-Brexit.
Boris Johnson’s bid to shut down Parliament to force through a No-deal Brexit is an outrageous assault on basic democratic principles.
There’s no doubt that the shape and scale of manufacturing has changed in recent years, but Scotland still has an industry to be proud of and it is essential that we do all we can to support it and enable it to reach its full potential.
Brexit has already created a democratic crisis, and there is no doubt that a no-deal Brexit will also create an economic crisis. And the Prime Minister will not be able to say that no one warned him.
Despite the Tories losing every election in Scotland since the 1950s, it is the membership of that party alone that will decide who will be Prime Minister.
“Wouldn’t Scotland be better with the ability to take our own decisions? Isn’t that the best way of building a genuine partnership of equals in these islands?”
The Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh provides an excellent showcase of modern rural life in Scotland. It is also a welcome chance to celebrate the success of one of our most important economic sectors – food and drink.
Whoever is in Downing Street, and whatever disastrous Brexit policy they pursue, one thing is clear – there must be an alternative choice for Scotland.
This SNP manifesto sets out a positive, progressive, European future for Scotland. It makes clear our determination to stay in the EU. It sets out how we will stand up for Scotland in Europe.
Climate change is the greatest challenge facing the world – there is no ‘planet B’. Our obligations to the next generation are the most important we carry – let’s make sure Scotland lives up to fulfilling them.
For independent countries of Scotland’s size, being a member of the EU means a seat at the top table, a voice to promote our national interests and the status of an equal partner in a collective of independent states.
The UK as we knew it no longer exists. Change is happening – the question for Scotland is what kind of change do we want to see.
It is time to look to Scotland’s future, with confidence in the potential of our country and all those who live here
It is time to look to Scotland’s future. Let us do so, together, with confidence in the potential of our country and all those who live here.
One of the greatest ironies of the UK’s attempts to leave the EU in a quest to ‘take back control’ is that we have instead seen the power that small, independent countries actually have within the EU.
Scotland is your home, you are welcome here, and you are valued. You play a crucial role in Scotland’s economy and public services. You are a vital part of Scotland not just for the skills and talent you bring to our country but also the diversity and richness you bring to our culture and communities.
Recent statistics have shown that record numbers are visiting Scotland’s historic sights. However, a significant proportion of people working in the industry are EU citizens – over 11% – so leaving the EU is a huge threat to the strength of the sector’s workforce.
This past week was one of the most extraordinary in UK political history. And it was one which showed, beyond all doubt, that Scotland’s needs are being totally ignored by Westminster.
Climate change is the most serious issue facing the world and is a truly global challenge. We have a moral responsibility to do what we can to prevent and mitigate the effects of climate change for future generations.
This motion is a further attempt to propose a way forward. It provides the basis – even at this late hour – for a more sensible and less damaging approach.
With now less than 1,000 hours until the date that Brexit is supposed to happen, the UK is dangerously close to the national economic crisis that crashing out of the EU without a deal would undoubtedly cause.
Reading the words of Martin Luther King engraved into the monument which now stands in his honour in Washington DC is a humbling experience. The memorial carries some of his more famous quotations, including this one from 1959. In that year, Dr King said: “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for…