September 18th 2014 | Scotland

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Shark

Parasitic wasps, further devolution and the Smith Commission

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 26 September 2014

There is a species of parasitic wasp called Glyptapanteles, found in Central and South America, which is able to manipulate caterpillars into doing its bidding.

ballots

Thoughts on last night

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 19 September 2014

It is now the morning after and Scotland has voted No to becoming an independent country. Around 55% of the population voted to stay in the UK.

apology

An apology to Scotland

Written by: Neil Evans
Posted on: 17 September 2014

Scotland I owe you a big apology.

My memories of politics in the 1980s, when I was not old enough to reach the dining table let alone vote, are hazy.

Julia Unwin

The referendum provides Scotland with a once in a generation opportunity to tackle poverty

Written by: Julia Unwin
Posted on: 16 September 2014

Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s independence referendum vote, Scotland must get to grips with high levels of poverty in the country, says Julia Unwin.

Justice

Beasts on trial

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 12 September 2014

In the sixteenth century the residents of Autun in France took the local rat population to court – charging them with “having feloniously eaten up and wantonly destroyed the barley-crop of that pro

windfarm stock image

Independence and the future of renewables: The case for a Yes vote

Written by: Fergus Ewing MSP
Posted on: 11 September 2014

By SNP Energy Minister Fergus Ewing

Meikle Carewe RES

Independence and the future of renewables: The case for a No vote

Written by: Tom Greatrex MP
Posted on: 11 September 2014

By Labour Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex 

Welcome to Scotland

No's mad scramble

Written by: Neil Evans
Posted on: 10 September 2014

Usually a few days away from the office means arriving back at your desk out of touch with no idea what’s been going on.

Holyrood logo

How the campaigns went in search of the missing million

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 9 September 2014

In years to come, when people are dissecting the referendum result, one of the biggest questions will no doubt revolve around how it hinged on a term that sounded so much like the title of a crap g

Royal baby

What to expect when one is expecting

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 8 September 2014

Gordon Brown must be raging.

Hippos

Hungry hungry hippos

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 5 September 2014

Hippos, famously, kill more people every year in Africa than crocodiles do. Though that’s not as many people as people do.

Everest cleanup

Mountain climbing and campaign litter

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 4 September 2014

Eberhard Schaaf, a physician from Aachen, Germany, was 61 when he died trying to do a clean-up on Mount Everest.

Pinochet graffiti

The power of positive campaigning

Written by: Neil Evans
Posted on: 3 September 2014

A point of pride for anybody who has been campaigning for a Yes vote for any length of time is that Scotland has reached this point with not one drop of blood spilled.

Eggs

Eggs

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 3 September 2014

Who knows what the chicken that laid the egg was thinking. Was it a nationalist chicken, intent on laying a pro-independence freedom-range egg? Or an MI5 plant?

Barn

Ukip and the referendum

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 29 August 2014

There is a tourist attraction in the US, known as ‘the most photographed barn in the world.’

BT Lady

Eat your cereal

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 27 August 2014

The pro-union campaign seems to have outdone itself, with mockery over its latest advert going viral.

darling and salmond

Second debate: preview

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 25 August 2014

Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond may have both now completed the ice bucket challenge but tonight’s debate still looks to be a pretty heated affair.

establishment

Disestablishment

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 22 August 2014

Scottish independence is often seen as offering a kind of peaceful revolution – a chance to clear out the cobwebs and the corruption of Westminster.

Fees

Independence and the youth vote

Written by: Nicholas Mairs
Posted on: 20 August 2014

Young contributor Nicholas Mairs tackles the engagement of the youth vote

Edinburgh Agreement

Conspiracy

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 19 August 2014

Yes supporters often suggest there is a concerted campaign working against them. Which of course there is – called Better Together.

Panda

Green shoots and leaves

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 15 August 2014

It is always slightly worrying to see an economic recovery hailed as a ‘miracle’ – rather than the result of a conscious, rational strategy.

Debate image

Switching off: Thoughts from the debate

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 7 August 2014

The dust has settled and there seems to be widespread agreement that Alex Salmond took a beating in his televised debate with Alistair Darling.

Quiet please

The sound of silence

Written by: Liam Kirkaldy
Posted on: 1 August 2014

Things are quiet… too quiet. At least as far as the political media is concerned.

Union flag rip

A sticky situation

Written by: Kate Shannon
Posted on: 1 August 2014

After months of debate, the referendum campaign has finally crossed a line – for our councils at least.

50s ad

Think of the children

Written by: Tom Freeman
Posted on: 28 August 2013

The power of film

Both sides of the referendum debate have aired their campaign adverts, and both make an impassioned plea to think of the children. What would the Mad Men make of them?