The SNP manifesto for the Holyrood election last included a clear, unequivocal pledge not to raise income tax for basic rate payers.
Ramsay Jones: When securing a deal looked like a distant dream, the PM pulled it off and she didn’t even have to sing
It was, I suppose, fitting that the first stage of our exit from the European Union should be settled at dawn in the capital of Belgium. It gave headline writers plenty of alliterative scope: Breakfast Brexit in Brussels.
Quite often, politicians use the word shambles to describe a situation.
Ramsay Jones: Trump should visit the UK because the nation he represents is far more important than him
Readers will, by now, have noticed that one particular person has become a regular feature of this column.
Alistair Carmichael: Fairer ferry funding means SNP must stop treating northern isles as remote political afterthought
If you live in an island then the thing that matters more than anything else is transport.
Ramsay Jones: Yes, our footballers are failing, but our rugby players are on the verge of making Six Nations history
In a country divided by its constitutional politics both internally and externally, how wonderful it was to see us united in common cause and in celebration of national success at the weekend.
The Scottish Conservatives have highlighted “unacceptable delays” for cancer treatment after it emerged that Western Isles patient have to wait nine months.
Richard Leonard: After a decade of despair for British workers, the chancellor has failed to deliver
This week the Tory chancellor delivered a failing Budget, on a failing economy from a failing government.
Ramsay Jones: The chancellor’s assets add up to coolness under fire and a steely determination to think long-term
My school song used to have an unofficial alternative verse.
Other than my mum and dad, there are only two people who have ever called me “son”.
Kevin Stewart: Aiming to build a secure future where everyone has a safe and warm place to call home
I want to see a Scotland where everyone can play a full part in society and with empowered communities able to shape their individual and collective futures.
Let’s start by stating what should be blindingly obvious and gain universal approval: predatory, unwanted, abusive and inappropriate sexual advances are wrong.
Vince Cable: We must give people chance to stop Conservatives driving us off Brexit trade deal cliff
The Liberal Democrats recently unveiled research by the London School of Economics which shows the Scottish economy will be hit to the tune of £30bn should Theresa May take us out of the EU without a trade deal in March 2019.
My meanderings take me to towns and cities the length and breadth of our United Kingdom.
Ramsay Jones: The people have a right to decide their own future, even if we fear the result. That’s called democracy
Yesterday, Spain’s foreign minister appeared on the BBC to explain his government’s decision to suspend the regional administration in Catalonia and to impose direct rule by Madrid.
Ramsay Jones: In what warped world is the right to legally own the means of mass destruction a right worth defending?
Three events last week left me reeling. And angry. And astounded at the sheer stupidity of some of our supposed good and great.
I give credit where it is due.
I tuned into First Minister’s Questions at our Scottish Parliament on Thursday. I wish I hadn’t.
Location, Location, Location.
Next year, the National Health Service will celebrate its 70th anniversary.
At a time when we desperately need investment in our public services and to drive Scotland’s economy, it is right to consider using the tax powers of the Scottish Parliament in a progressive way - ensuring that those who are able to pay a bit more do so.
The vote in the Scottish Parliament yesterday was the clearest sign yet that the SNP is lurching to the left, and planning a raid on the pockets of the majority of Scottish taxpayers.
It was an early autumn day in London.
This week marked the 20th anniversary of the referendum on devolution when Scotland voted overwhelmingly for a Scottish Parliament with tax-raising powers.
I hope you’ve had your Ready Brek.
Last week I poked gentle fun at a Labour Peer for suggesting, mostly in jest, that some Nationalists might take umbrage at Alex Salmond’s friendship with a senior Tory politician.
I was disappointed to read the recent Press and Journal report that jury trials were to be moved from Peterhead Sheriff Court, in my Banff and Buchan constituency, to Aberdeen.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion...”
The art of politics over the past two thousand years seems to have evolved for the most part as a method of making decisions which don’t result in killing one another.
Charlottesville. Virginia. The United States of America. August, 2017.
Ramsay Jones: Life is easier as a binary choice of right and wrong – but alas, things aren’t always that simple
Life is simple when you can reduce everything to a simple binary choice of right and wrong.
I got it wrong about Donald Trump. I even tweeted an apology. How on Earth could I have believed what had been reported about him? But I did.