BBC News Online is carrying a story about Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s appearance before yesterday’s meeting of the House of Commons Justice Committee, which was continuing its inquiry into devolution during an evidence session in Edinburgh.
I can exclusively reveal, for anyone who checks this blog regularly, that Prof Andrew Fulton has this evening been confirmed as the new chairman of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. A former MI6 diplomat, he’s certainly an interesting choice. The Daily Telegraph did a speculative news story on him a few weeks ago.
A belated post on the thoughts of the former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, as heard by Members of the House of Commons Justice Committee last week. The Committee is currently looking at devolution ten years on.
Another amusing old interview has been streamed on the Politics Then section of the stv website, this time a Grampian TV fireside chat with the then Leader of the Opposition, Harold Wilson, in the run up to the 1964 general election.
Wilson speaks about his perception of Scotland and how Scottish (and UK) industry can be revived.
A belated post on a Scotland on Sunday story from last week regarding Lord Forsyth’s comments on Scottish Conservative Leader Annabel Goldie’s support for the SNP’s budget. He also got stuck into Tory MSPs in general, one of whom retorted that Forsyth – the Conservatives’ last Scottish Secretary – was “a dinosaur”.
Another fascinating old interview has just gone up on the ‘Politics Then’ section of the stv website. It features Colin Mackay’s February 1975 interview with the then new Leader of the Opposition, Margaret Thatcher. She talks about an enthusiastic reception on her first visit to Scotland as Conservative leader, and reiterates her party’s support for a Scottish Assembly, a block grant for the Scottish Office and an oil development fund.