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What Yes Scotland are doing to win – Total Politics – 25 July 2012

Scottish firefighters may lead way through public sector cuts – Guardian Professional – 13 June 2012

The Queen of Scots, but not Queen of Scotland? – The Times – 2 June 2012

David Torrance: Amateur hour at Yes campaign launch – Scotsman – 26 May 2012

Analysis: MPs have thrown down gauntlet – how will SNP respond? - Scotsman – 8 May 2012

Alex Salmond’s biographer on turbulent few weeks for Alex Salmond – Sunday Mail – 6 May 2012

Tide of opinion: What effect will Labour’s victory in Glasgow have on the country? – Scotland on Sunday – 6 May 2012

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 6 May 2012

Analysis: SNP put in uncomfortable accord with the Tories – Scotsman – 2 May 2012

Is Labour going to lose Glasgow? – Total Politics – 17 April 2012

Independence, Federalism and Sovereignty - Newsnet Scotland – 16 April 2012

First the monarchy, then the currency…now another SNP policy shift – Scotsman – 16 April 2012

Campaign hints from No to Scot independence – Total Politics – 27 March 2012

Analysis: ‘Same old Tories’ says Labour – but that party also has plenty of cause to worry – Scotsman 27 March 2012

A lesson in history: Do the Scottish Conservatives have reason to celebrate? – Holyrood – 26 March 2012

A moveable feast – Holyrood – 12 March 2012

The 305 Year Itch – Wall Street Journal Europe – 9 March 2012

Gay Caledonia – Scottish Review of Books – 3 March 2012

Scottish Labour: Work in progress – Holyrood – 27 February 2012

Scottish Liberal Democrats: Finding compromise – Holyrood – 27 February 2012

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 26 February 2012

Peer sticks to his guns as the unionist parties shift their focus to devo-plus – Scotsman – 20 February 2012

The best case for the Union – Prospect – 17 February 2012

Analysis: First Minister’s speech a big hit with economics’ big hitters - Scotsman – 16 February 2012

Give the Union its due – History Today – 15 February 2012

Alex Salmond failed to convince all comers as he took his ‘charm offensive’ roadshow to Liverpool – Scotsman – 14 February 2012

Big guns primed as battle lines drawn – Scotland on Sunday – 29 January 2012

The many personas of Alex Salmond – Total Politics – 25 January 2012

Margaret Thatcher is back but should Scots ever forgive the Iron Lady? – Sunday Mail – 8 January 2012

Opinion: Thatcher biopic ‘useful propaganda’ for UK Conservatives – CNN – 6 January 2012

Analysis: Budget bluster had more to do with your own career, Alex – Scotsman – 3 January 2012

A winning formula - Total Politics – 30 December 2011

The Union will become history unless its loyal supporters speak out - The Times – 30 December 2011

The Flowering of Scotland – History Today – 20 December 2011

Omnipresent ‘Dear Leader’ of a deeply strange place – Herald – 20 December 2011

Analysis: Ignore the excited SNP tweeters – Cameron’s veto will actually make life more difficult for the Nationalists - Scotsman – 12 December 2011

I have joined the ’sorry procession’of Scots heading south - Scottish Review – 23 November 2011

Outcome shows just how much Conservative Party has changed – Scotsman – 5 November 2011

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 30 October 2011

Cutting its cloth to suit - Holyrood Magazine – 17 October 2011

‘This is the SNP’s Section 28 moment, and it is proving just as unmanageable’ – Scotsman – 12 October 2011

The second question in the referendum is the vital one – Scottish Review – 6 October 2011

Learning from history – Holyrood magazine – 3 October 2011.

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 25 September 2011

Scottish Conservatives should start from scratch – Guardian Comment is Free – 5 September 2011

Sometimes it’s not a pleasant task to say ‘Hello, I’m a Tory’ – Scotsman – 5 September 2011

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 21 August 2011

Dr Livingstone’s legacy, I presume – Edinburgh Evening News – 10 August 2011

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 17 July 2011

Land of inspiration to a young Alex Salmond – Scottish Review – 15/6/2011

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 12 June 2011

Iceland’s salutary message for the Scots – Scottish Review – 7 June 2011

Where is the positive Scottish nationalism? – openDemocracy – 6 June 2011

It seems that we are all unionists now – Scottish Review – 19 May 2011

Cameron must fight harder for the Union – Scotsman – 19 May 2011

Political Biographers Wanted: Thick Skins Required – Scottish Review of Books – 14 May 2011

Analysis: She was funny and much-liked but just couldn’t persuade people to vote Tory – Scotsman – 10 May 2011

So why exactly is the Union worth saving? Part II – WalesHome – 9 May 2011

Bella implores me to get my adrenaline pumping. But can I? David Torrance’s election notebook – Scottish Review – 3 May 2011

Time for the SNP to drop its commitment to Scottish independence? – Guardian Comment is free – 28 April 2011

Spelling out policy – Holyrood Magazine – 25 April 2011

Labour’s change of tack may end up making the party look churlish: David Torrance’s election notebook – Scottish Review – 26 April 2011

Is Salmond sitting pretty? – The Big Issue Scotland – 22 April 2011

Hello! The SNP’s manifesto is a thing of beauty: David Torrance’s election notebook – Scottish Review – 19 April 2011

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 17 April 2011

The next big questions for Unionists – WalesHome – 31 March 2011

In Defence of the Union – Scottish Review – 24 March 2011

Scottish health secretary: England will end NHS as we know it - Guardian Professional – 22 March 2011

Bridging the gap – Holyrood Magazine – 11 March 2011

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 13 March 2011

David Cameron unlikely to change Scottish minds - Scotsman – 28 February 2011

Was it a conspiracy? – Scottish Review – 20 January 2011

Party games for Scotland’s NHS – healthcarenetwork – 18 January 2011

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 16 January 2011

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 19 December 2010

BOOKTalk – BBC Parliament – 4 December 2010

Duff notes – Scottish Review – 30 November 2010

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 21 November 2010

The intimidating experience of being grilled by the first minister - Scottish Review – 27 October 2010

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 24 October 2010

Alex Salmond Biography: One letter and a case of ‘intellectual suicide’ – Scotsman – 12 October 2010

Alex Salmond Biography: the rise to power – Scotsman – 12 October 2010

‘He had a highly developed political philosophy even at the age of 19′ – Scotsman – 11 October 2010

Leading lady the driving force behind First Minister – Scotsman – 11 October 2010

Alex ‘Skink’ Salmond: A lad o’ pairts – Scotland on Sunday – 10 October 2010

Alex Salmond – taking the lead – Scotland on Sunday – 10 October 2010

Analysis: Maggie’s long shadow dogs Scots Tories – Scotsman – 5 October 2010

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 19 August 2010

Letters reveal SNP crisis over ‘bigoted’ president’s anti-Catholic diatribes – The Times – 11 September 2010

Exploring a lesser known range – Biteback Blog – 10 August 2010

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 8 August 2010

Last chapter in detective story as lost First World War dead are laid to rest - Herald – 19 July 2010

A lesson from Tory history calls for ‘fair play between all classes’ – The Times – 17 July 2010

Lonely and Blue – Sunday Herald – 11 July 2010

A Scottish perspective on Barnett – WalesHome – 7 July 2010

Das Kreuz mit dem Andreaskreuz – The European – 6 July 2010

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 4 July 2010

Time for Scotland to have its tuppence worth – Scotsman 1 July 2010

Where Heath failed, now boldness is all – The Times – 19 June 2010

Will timid Scots Tories ever show backbone? – Scotsman – 15 June 2010

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 30 May 2010

The strange death of unionist Scotland – Scottish Review – 11 May 2010

Can the Tories ever put Maggie’s legacy to rest? – Sunday Herald – 9 May 2010

David Torrance: Mutual respect is crucial as Tories bid to govern Scotland – Scotland on Sunday – 9 May 2010

David Cameron scared off Scottish voters, say senior Conservatives – Scotland on Sunday – 9 May 2010

Salmond tries to spin himself a win – The Scotsman – 8 May 2010

Finding the positives – Holyrood Magazine – 26 April 2010

SNP needs to pin its hopes on Labour victory at Westminster – The Times – 3 May 2010

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 2 May 2010

Essay of the week: The mouse & the House – Sunday Herald – 11 April 2010

Review: Whaur Extremes Meet: Scotland’s Twentieth Century – Scottish Review of Books – 20 February 2010

Salmond’s efforts to woo Asian voters has brought its troubles – The Times – 16 February 2010

Shereen – BBC Radio Scotland – 14 February 2010

The elephant in the room – Holyrood Magazine – 11 February 2010

Today’s politicians should learn from Gladstone – The Scotsman – 11 January 2010

‘A cheeky, bumptious, clever boy.’ Not much change then – The Times – 31 December 2009

Thirty years of giant strides that left many behind – The Scotsman – 28 December 2009

SNP offered to prop up failing Heath government after February 1974 election – The Times – 25 December 2009

Cameron’s credibility on the line over Calman – The Scotsman – 27 November 2009

SNP books review – Scottish Review of Books – November 2009

Why Welsh and Scottish Tories are polls apart – The Scotsman – 28 October 2009

The Odd Couple: Alex Salmond, David Cameron and Post-Election Maneouvres – Our Kingdom – 15 October 2009

Cameron unlikely to solve Tories’ Scottish conundrum – The Scotsman – 6 October 2009

Archives reveal ‘difficulties’ of oil-rich Scotland – The Times – 29 September 2009

The house on the hill – The Scotsman – 4 September 2009

Man who moved millions – The Times – 2 September 2009

Platform: New Supreme Court will play major part in cross-Border rows – The Scotsman – 31 August 2009

Ten Years Hence – Scottish Review of Books – 16 August 2009

Platform: Peter Mandelson as Prime Minister? Now that would be a farce – The Scotsman – 15 August 2009

Iran isn’t a tourist destination, for obvious reasons. Maybe it should be – Sunday Herald – 26 July 2009

End of Caledonia’s grip on high office is nigh – The Scotsman – 22 June 2009

New ‘battle for north’ would be on right track
– The Scotsman – 8 June 2009

Labour is not the only party troubled by the Euro elections – The Scotsman – 3 June 2009

Watch out for an excess of anger over those exes – The Scotsman – 20 May 2009

Testing the union: Examining Scotland’s relationship with the Tories – Holyrood – 4 May 2009

Book review: Thatcher’s Britain, by Richard Vinen – The Scotsman – 9 May 2009

The Union will adapt, but it will not rupture – The Times – 8 May 2009

Analysis – Scotland too critical of Margaret Thatcher – STV – 4 May 2009

Margaret Thatcher wasn’t so hard after all – Sunday Times (Scotland) – 26 April 2009

Thatcher and…Scotland – Sunday Herald – 12 April 2009

Plus ca change…for SNP and the rest of us – The Scotsman – 7 April 2009

Modern myth of a poll tax test-bed lives on – The Scotsman – 30 March 2009

SNP fall-out that saw Salmond expelled but put party on new path – The Scotsman – 19 March 2009

Raising the standard to change a nation – The Scotsman – 2 March 2009

Thatcher ordered report on cash cut for Scotland – The Scotsman – 15 February 2009

Did Thatcher get raw deal over her Sermon on the Mound?- The Scotsman – 17 May 2008

The Homecoming concept may not be new, but our attitude is – The Scotsman 17 January 2008