Programme for Government 2017-18

After a reasonably quiet summer in the political world, the Scottish Parliament re-convened this week and already there’s plenty to talk about. Last week Scottish Labour leader became the fifth to resign in the last six years, marking the end of another chapter in the party’s grim demise. The two front-runners are quite polar opposite approaches, with Anas Sarwar being a Labour veteran, representing a Westminster/Brownite faction of the party, and Richard Leonard, a newcomer to politics who leans to the left. It will be — Read more →

2017 General Election Predictions

The election that no-one saw coming just two months ago is finally upon is – after what’s been an intense campaign full of highs and lows.  As a politics junkie it’s been an unexpected hit, but I’m sure most of the public are relieved that it’ll finally be over. What we’ve seen in the polls since the election started has been pretty exciting and made what looked like a Tory cakewalk into something a little more risky.  After increasing being a thumping 20 points behind, — Read more →

Why I’m Voting Labour

It’s not like me at all to be undecided.  Most of the time when a political decision comes up I take some time to weigh up the facts and reach a conclusion and support whoever agrees with that.  There’s many facets of this election that probably leave good excuses for not having the time to weigh up the facts – but the truth is I can’t balance the pros and cons between my two preferred options: the SNP and Labour. In the last General Election, — Read more →

Ross, Skye and Lochaber General Election 2017

The 2017 General Election takes place next Thursday, and while almost everyone is focussing on what the national results will be – the reality of the election is that it’s made up of 650 unique contests across the UK that decide who represents the people living there. I’m from Dingwall, but this is my first General Election being able to vote for a candidate in Ross, Skye and Lochaber – after voting in Aberdeen North back in 2015. This constituency was dominated by Charles Kennedy, — Read more →

General Election 2017: 17 days to go

It’s been a bit of a whirlwhind, but it’s been over four weeks now since Theresa May shocked the country by calling a snap election, and now it’s only 17 days til polling day. A lot has changed in that time, and there’s still lots that could go fantastically well or horribly wrong for May’s Government or Corbyn’s opposition – but just where it will go next is anybody’s guess.   At the start of the election the polls had the Tories on course for — Read more →