Category - scotland

  • 4 Jul 2012

    Trident faces public opposition whether or not it is forced out of Scotland, experts have told the House of Commons Defence Committee.

  • 22 Jun 2012

    Tibet's globally respected spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has arrived in Scotland. He is embarking on a two-day tour of three Scottish cities.

  • 16 Jun 2012

    The final standoff between St George’s Tron and the Church of Scotland has been several years coming, says Simon Barrow. The way it is handled will also be a signal of how the Kirk sees its future, and how the debate on same-sex relations may resonate in more reluctant corners of the church when it returns to the General Assembly next year.

  • 15 Jun 2012

    UK ministers have admitted that Scottish independence could trigger a “seismic shock” for the UK budget, if the Trident nuclear arms system is retained.

  • 9 Jun 2012

    The rejection of the Anglican Covenant by the Scottish Episcopal Church is another serious body blow for a measure which proponents say is about proper ecclesiastical order, but which detractors argue will impose narrow conformity on a denomination historically based on self-governance within its provinces. Simon Barrow looks to the background, history and significance of the latest manoeuvres.

  • 30 May 2012

    As the jubilee weekend approaches, the Scottish Green Party have said that they would rather “break out bunting and cake” for low-paid workers than for monarchy.

  • 23 May 2012

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has expressed scepticism about the feasibility and desirability of independence for Scotland.

  • 30 Apr 2012

    Simon Barrow's speech on the need for an official government media inquiry, made to the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC), meeting in Inverness from 23-25 April 2012. See notes and NUJ resolution below the text for further details.

  • 25 Apr 2012

    The debate over options for Scotland's future is at the moment primarily focused on how, when, with what question(s) and on what terms the referendum around the constitution will take place.

  • 29 Mar 2012

    Greens are calling on the Scottish government to back the idea of local energy companies. They say renewable energy should not be left to tycoons and big business.