MM – Scotland Decides


Scots to get extra powers despite ‘English votes’ row

Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting senior Conservative MPs at a meeting at Chequers to tackle the “West Lothian question”. The three main parties’ pledge to hand the Scottish Parliament far greater powers following last week’s referendum has angered English MPs. The rights of Scottish MPs to vote on issues that only affect England, known […]


Alex Salmond resigns as Scottish first minister

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has stepped down as leader of the Scottish National Party and leader of Scotland. Salmond led the Yes campaign in the Scottish referendum on whether the country should become independent. The campaign was defeated by 55 per cent to 45 per cent in yesterday’s vote. Salmond first became SNP leader […]


Devo-max: How will David Cameron’s shake-up affect advisers?

Prime minister David Cameron has today outlined plans for a massive programme of devolution across the UK’s four nations in response to the Scottish referendum. In the final days of campaigning the Better Together camp and three party leaders pledged to give more powers to the Scottish Parliament. Today, Cameron launched a commission, led by […]


Pension tax relief overhaul on the horizon despite No vote

Greater devolution following the Scottish No vote on independence could cause headaches for pension providers both sides of the border, experts warn. Prime Minister David Cameron has said each country in the union should have control over their tax, spending and welfare, meaning rates could differ across the UK. Scotland is due get more power […]


Lee Robertson: The Ayes don’t have it

I am a huge fan of politics; if not always of politicians. I couldn’t resist it so I stayed up all night with the thunder rumbling and the lightning flashing over the London skies just as the thunder subsided over Scotland.  The time for political rhetoric from the politicians had ended as my countrymen went […]


Robert Reid: Change is on the cards whatever Scotland decides

In my last column I suggested that the voting in the Scottish referendum on independence would be driven by the heart or the head. One person asked me if the yes vote was driven by the heart and the no vote driven by the head, or vice versa. The answer is, of course, that it depends […]


Party leaders in last ditch Scottish devolution pledge

The leaders of the three main political parties have signed a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland if Scots reject independence in Thursday’s referendum. The BBC reports Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband have signed a pledge promising “extensive new powers” for the Scottish Parliament. Published […]


The beginning of the end for Scottish financial services?

The trouble with regulation, as many in the industry will attest, is often the unintended consequences. The same is true of referenda. Even if Scotland votes to reject independence, as in Canada where another referendum followed the first 15 years later, the consequences will likely have a long shadow for the financial services sector. Unlike […]