Nicola Sturgeon is offering Scotland a false choice

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My article for the NewStatesman on the SNP's divisive drive for a second independence referendum. You can read the full article on the NewStatesman website here.

Everyone thought this week’s big news would be Theresa May triggering Article 50 and kick-starting the two year Brexit negotiation process. However, on Monday, she was soundly beaten in the recklessness stakes by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, who fired the starting pistol on a second Scottish independence referendum. It is a rash and opportunistic decision, which will have significant and damaging implications for Scotland’s economy, society, and future wealth and prosperity.

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Scotland would be a better place if Nicola Sturgeon stopped dividing the country and started governing it

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My article for the IBTimes on a divisive, second independence referendum. You can read the full article on the IBTimes here.

Today's speech from Nicola Sturgeon was just the latest in the long line of threats about Scotland's future she has issued since the EU referendum last June – but this time she went considerably further. Next week, she will ask the Scottish Parliament to vote in favour of holding another independence referendum, less than five years after the last.

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The wrong priorities, with the wrong people paying the price

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My article for the Edinburgh Evening News on the Budget and a second Scottish independence referendum. You can read the full article on the Evening News website here.

Yesterday was the Chancellor’s first – and last – spring Budget. If yesterday was anything to go by, it’s good riddance. This is a Tory government with the wrong priorities – the fewer budgets from them, the better.

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No guarantees for Scotland not an acceptable outcome

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My article for the Edinburgh Evening News on Brexit and the threat of a second independence referendum. You can read the full article on the Evening News website here.

The last two weeks in parliament have been dominated by the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, the legislation that will empower the government to trigger Article 50, kick-starting the divorce negotiations with the European Union. That it took a Supreme Court ruling to even get this critical issue to parliament is an affront to our democracy and makes a mockery of the Government’s claims to be “taking back control”.

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I fear another year of gloom for councils

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My Article for the Edinburgh Evening News on the Scottish Government's budget and the decimation of local services. You can read the full article on the Evening News website here.

’Tis the season to be jolly! Unless, that is, you work in local government. Once again, the Scottish Government are poised to slash the funds going to local services. The result: services thousands of people across Edinburgh rely on – including children, the elderly, and some of our most vulnerable citizens – will once again be hit hard.

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We need a new Act of Union

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My Article for LabourList which argues in favour of Kezia Dugdal's proposals for a new Act of Union. You can read the full article on the LabourList website.

Kezia Dugdale’s speech was an important intervention at a critical juncture in the future of the United Kingdom. The Tories’ reckless Brexit gamble has once again placed the UK in peril, and we must act now to save it. In calling for a UK-wide constitutional convention and a new Act of Union, Kezia seeks to preserve all that is best and most admirable in our country, while acknowledging the need to change and adapt to the changed reality of modern, post-Brexit Britain.

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Scotland deserves a real voice

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My Article for Progress which argues Scotland needs to find a middle way between two competing nationalisms determined to rip us out of two different unions, at any cost. You can read the full article on the Progress website.

Earlier this week, Theresa May held her first meeting with the devolved administrations about the approach that will be taken to the Brexit negotiations. The prime minister has promised to take a United Kingdom-wide approach, establishing a new joint ministerial committee sub-committee on Brexit for formal discussions with the devolved nations.

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Brexit was a blow. Don’t let it turn into a disaster

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My Article for the Edinburgh Evening News on Brexit and the prospect of a 2nd Scottish independence referendum. You can read the full article on the Evening News website here.

As the Brexit debate rumbles inexorably on, the Scottish people – through no fault of their own – are in danger of being caught between a rock and a hard place: a Tory government that wants Scotland in the UK and out of the EU, and an SNP government that wants Scotland out of the UK and in the EU.

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GERS statistics a reality check on independence

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My Article for the Edinburgh Evening News on the GERS figures and what they mean for Scottish independence. You can read the full article on the Evening News website here.

On Tuesday, the SNP government published an analysis showing that Brexit could cost Scotland over £11 billion. But they have failed to produce a similar analysis of the economic risks of independence.

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Why we need a funded Brexit Action Plan now

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My article for the Edinburgh Evening News on why we need a Brexit Action Plan. You can read the article on the Evening News website here.

Brexit’. A few years ago, no one would have had any idea what you were talking about. Now it is an established part of the political lexicon that comes with so many unanswered questions for people in Edinburgh.

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