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Deirdre M. Daly - Department of Justice
For years, RBS fostered a culture of securities fraud. By entering into this agreement, RBS has admitted the seriousness of its past criminal conduct and made a clean break.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
Scottish independence has been commented on by 354 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Scottish independence are: Nicola Sturgeon, Gordon Strachan, Ruth Davidson and Angus Robertson. For instance, the most recent quote from Nicola Sturgeon is: “People want clarity about Brexit first. We respect that. We may not yet know exactly when the choice will be made. But we can, we must, and we will always make the case for independence. There is a better future to be had for all of us, if we chose to build it, together. I am sick to the back teeth of British nationalists perpetuating the myth that Scotland could not afford to thrive in the world as an independent nation. They "pay for the support that our businesses need to thrive just as they do for our health service and our schools.”.
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Mick Cash

Every single effort that RMT has made to reach negotiated settlements in these separate disputes with the different train operating companies has been kicked back in our faces and we are left with no option but to confirm a further phase of industrial action in early November. RMT is in no doubt that it is the dead hand of the minority Tory Government that is interfering in these disputes to block negotiated settlements.feedback

Mick Cash

It is outrageous that Prime Minister Theresa May and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling are happy to stand aside and cheer on overseas rail companies that rip off the British passenger to subsidise their domestic transport operations while throwing the guards off our trains.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

We have acknowledged for some time that mistakes were made and have apologised that we did not always provide the level of service and understanding we should have done for these customers in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The culture, structure and way RBS operates today have all changed fundamentally since the period under review. We have made significant changes to deal with the issues of the past, so that the bank can better support SME customers in financial difficulty whilst also protecting the bank's capital.feedback

Shona Robison

No one should wait longer than absolutely necessary to leave hospital, and that's why we have legislated to integrate health and social care to ensure services are planned and commissioned in a joined up way from a single budget. This year, almost half a billion pounds of additional investment will go into social care and integration while the health revenue budget will increase by almost £2 billion by 2021.feedback

Frank Atherton

It will have a small impact on moderate drinkers. The most substantial effects will be experienced by harmful and hazardous drinkers, who are more likely to consume cheaper and higher strength alcohol products.feedback

Rebecca Evans

Alcohol-related harm is a significant public health problem in Wales. The 463 alcohol-attributable deaths in 2015 were all avoidable, and each of these deaths would have had a devastating effect on the person's family and friends. Alcohol-related harm also has a big impact on public services such as the NHS. There is a very clear and direct link between levels of excessive drinking and the availability of cheap alcohol. So, we need to take decisive action now to address the affordability of alcohol, as part of wider efforts to tackle alcohol-related harm.feedback

Rebecca Evans

So we need to take decisive action now to address the affordability of alcohol, as part of wider efforts to tackle alcohol-related harm. The bill I am unveiling today will … will make an important contribution to improving health outcomes, by putting prevention and early intervention at the heart of our efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm. This will undoubtedly help save lives.feedback

Frank Atherton

As alcohol has become more affordable, consumption has increased. As consumption increases, harm increases. All alcohol-attributable deaths are avoidable deaths, demonstrating the urgency for further preventative action. Increasing the price of alcohol through the introduction of a minimum unit price provides us with an effective and efficient way of reducing excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm.feedback

Gina Hanrahan - World Wide Fund for Nature

With around a quarter of Europe's offshore wind resource in Scotland, it's great to see the world's first floating windfarm inaugurated off our coast. Offshore wind is already an industrial success story across the UK, cutting emissions, creating jobs and dramatically driving down costs. By demonstrating the commercial viability of floating wind, Scotland can help to develop the industry in new frontiers and deeper waters.feedback

Mick Cash

It is shocking that Southern and the Government believe that drivers can be brought off in this fashion, you cannot put a price on the safety and welfare of passengers and drivers. The proposals also fly in the face of agreements reached in Wales and Scotland that give the guaranteed of a guard on our trains. RMT will continue to fight for a safe, secure and accessible railway for all and our dispute remains on.feedback

Michael Flynn

It is highly unusual for a wild badger to enter a house and we would urge anyone to immediately contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 should they find one in an unusual place. Like all wild animals badgers can be aggressive when injured or cornered so we would advise not to go near or touch them without giving us a call first.feedback

Connie O'Neil

I got a surprise when I arrived at the property and saw a badger having a nap! He had gotten in through the cat flap and had eaten all the cat food before going for a sleep on the cat bed. He didn't seem too happy when I tried to move him but I was able to slide the cat bed round and it was then that the badger noticed the back door was open so made a run for it!feedback

Susan Greaney

This research shows people were raising cattle and pigs all around Britain and bringing them to Stonehenge. That means people were aware of Stonehenge all around the country. It's incredible to think how big the catchment of Stonehenge was. The ones who came from northeast Scotland probably arrived by boat. Perhaps each community had to bring their own pig.feedback

Owen Jones

Our finance system is rigged in favour of a crisis-ridden City to reap profits for individuals. It’s time these institutions worked for the good of communities. Sometimes the case for a policy is as overwhelming as the level of ridicule it will get from the punditocracy. The nationalisation of Britain’s failed banking industry – the sector responsible for most of our country’s current ills – is one such example. According to a recent poll, half the electorate support nationalising the banks, despite almost no one arguing for such a policy in public life.feedback

Connie O'Neil

He didn't seem too happy when I tried to move him but I was able to slide the cat bed round and it was then that the badger noticed the back door was open so he made a run for it.feedback

Iain Gray

Labour MSPs have discussed John Finnie's bill and do believe that the time has come to provide children with the same protection as adults under the law.feedback

Susan Greany

Our exhibition explores the important role feasts and food played at Stonehenge. Raising the ancient stones was an incredible feat but so too was feeding the army of builders – our exhibition reveals just how this was done.feedback

Tyler Roys - AccuWeather

Britain could easily have seven storms named by the Met Office by Christmas. Storm centres will travel just north of Scotland, leading to rain to batter much of Scotland each time they pass through.feedback

Alison Douglas

These days, far more drinking takes place in living rooms than pubs, with three quarters of all alcohol in Scotland sold by supermarkets and off-licences. This means children are more likely to be around alcohol and to witness drunkenness. As well as the negative impacts on children's wellbeing, seeing how adults drink can have a big influence on our children's future drinking habits. It's time for effective action to protect children and families from alcohol that is too cheap, readily available and constantly promoted.feedback

Caroline Flint

We too quickly dismiss parental drinking as harmless fun and relaxation, but this report shows that parents do not need to be regularly drinking large amount for their children to see a change in their behaviour and experience problems. I'd like to see a more open conversation about this, among parents and professionals.feedback

Kate Brown

All parents strive to do what's best for their children, so it's important to share this research about the effects drinking can have on parenting, and what steps parents can take to protect their children. Children are exposed to a barrage of marketing messages that glamourise drinking with strong links to sport and pop music. Parents have a tough job on their hands teaching children about the negative side of alcohol.feedback

Taran Killam

And he says [to SNL creator Lorne Michaels], You know, Lorne, if I don't win this thing, I'm gonna be fine. We just bought this beautiful piece of property in Scotland. If I have to be president, I'm never gonna see that thing. And that that was his priority in that moment, that that was even a consideration, made me sad.feedback

Jon Ashworth

This crucial report highlights that even non-dependent parental drinking has serious health implications on children and families. Children are incredibly perceptive of their parent's drinking habits and this analysis must serve as a wake-up call to the government.feedback

Roberto D'Alimonte

It's not a national message to tell the rest of Italy: We want to keep more money up north. Southerners are not going to respond well.feedback

Paolo Mondini

Considering the needs of Lombardy right now, I don't understand why they went ahead with such an exorbitant expense. They talk about saving money, then spend millions.feedback

Antonio Rapisarda

In Italy, there has been a resurgence of separatist energies. From the South Tyrol to Sicily, passing through Rome, there are separatist movements throughout Italy that are rooted among some of the people who live there.feedback

Stefano Bonaccini

A referendum carried out a few months before national elections that asks voters whether they want autonomy is like asking them whether they like their mothers – because it is a legitimate and just request.feedback

Stefano Bonaccini

After the vote, they are still going to have to go to Rome and ask the government to pass a law for autonomy. It's still a complicated process.feedback

Jack Shakespeare

Children are born to move, but today's youngsters are instead fed a staple diet of sofa play and screen time, while being starved of outdoor activities. For too long we've been telling children to sit still and stay quiet, but we need to rip up the rulebook and encourage children to be up and active at every opportunity if we are to reverse the alarming decline in physical activity levels.feedback

Jack Shakespeare

This means shaking up the school day to include active commuting, standing lessons that bring movement into the classroom and simple things like ditching the 'no ball games' signs and telling the kids that they should be running in the corridors.feedback

Mick Neville

No consideration is being given to victims. The new principles will focus police attention on easy crimes where there is a known suspect. Few professional criminals target people who know them, so the worst villains will evade justice. Not investigating high volume crimes like shoplifting with a loss of under £50 will give junkies a green light to thieve.feedback

Michael Russell

We remain unable to recommend the Scottish Parliament consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill as currently drafted and will not be able to do so until the power grab is removed from the bill. I have and will continue to press for the amendments suggested by ourselves and the Welsh Government to be accepted, removing the power grab and providing a clear solution that respects devolution. As I have made clear, it is crucial that Scotland's interests are properly represented at future negotiations.feedback

Sam Allardyce - Crystal Palace

I don't know. You've always got to have someone else to want you to get a job. At this moment in time I would be very picky and choosy about any potential managerial jobs if I was to go back in, so that makes it very difficult.feedback

Sam Allardyce - Crystal Palace

It's very tempting but not at this moment in time. My parents are from Scotland and my sister and brother were both born in Scotland so my heritage is from there.feedback

Sam Allardyce - Crystal Palace

You never know what might come up, but if it is something where I could bring a lot of success then I could be interested.feedback

Sam Allardyce - Crystal Palace

At this stage I'm enjoying not being involved at the front end of football at the moment. David Moyes would probably be my choice for the Scotland job.feedback

David Moyes

There's been no approach from Scotland, but I work closely with the SFA. Just two weeks ago I was working with their coaches, so they know where I am if they want to speak to me. I don't think anyone ever turns down their national team but it's got to be at the right time as well. My first choice would be to go back to club management but if Scotland want to talk I'd be happy to speak to them to see what they have to say.feedback

Jochen Leidner - Thomson Reuters

Said system likely will result in misrecognitions, or may not work at all, for an elderly citizen in Uddingston, Scotland, and lacking alternatives access to cash will depend on trusted friends or family members, if available.feedback

Les Gray - Hamilton

At this point it is imperative that we remain calm and work together as we go through one of the most difficult situations we have faced as a club. In the interim, the directors intend to inject funds to meet the club's ongoing obligations until the investigation is complete to ensure continuity.feedback

Les Gray - Hamilton

No further comment will be made at this time as the police investigation continues.feedback

Stewart Regan

The board yesterday evening asked Malky if he would be prepared to take the team for that match and he has agreed to do that. That will be the case.feedback

Neil Doncaster

Hamilton Academical have informed us that they have been the victim of a sophisticated financial fraud and that Police Scotland are carrying out an investigation. This is clearly a very serious and unfortunate situation and everyone in the game will hope it can be resolved quickly. We will be monitoring the situation closely and working in conjunction with Hamilton Academical in the days and weeks ahead.feedback

Les Gray - Hamilton

It is our intention to host a media briefing to go into more detail when the initial legal and banking investigations reveal the facts. This will allow us to give full disclosure of the event.feedback

Les Gray - Hamilton

Hamilton Academical FC have been the target of an elaborate fraud resulting in the loss of a substantial sum of monies.feedback

Gordon Strachan

Together we have shared some really magical moments and those memories will live with me for ever. Of course, what made those moments special was the unwavering support of our fans. Through highs and lows you have stayed with the team and my biggest regret is not being able to provide the finals tournament you deserve.feedback

Brendan Rodgers

Who are the best players in the world? Messi, Suarez, Hazard, Iniesta, Neymar, Verrati.feedback

Brendan Rodgers

It was a missed opportunity. There's no doubt about that. It was clear the improvement the squad had made in, first, performance and, second, results. Verrati is 5ft 6ins but he's not in conflict with the ball. He keeps it. Scotland can find a systematic approach to work in, to play in, so that if there are players missing, the next ones can come in, if you have a profile and a clear identity – because that's what it's going to take, a collective effort.feedback

Brendan Rodgers

Northern Ireland lost against Norway but you could clearly see good organisation and an identity in the team. They have created a spirit these last few years and that is what also makes the difference.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I would like to thank the Board, the backroom staff and everyone at the Scottish FA for the help and support they have given me as national coach. It has been a real privilege.feedback

Gordon Strachan

Notwithstanding our unbeaten run in the group throughout 2017, with the emergence of a younger generation of players it was agreed that a new national coach should be recruited to provide fresh impetus.feedback

Joseph C. Sternberg

The European Union requires some sort of counterbalance, which depends on states the size of Spain.feedback

Stewart Regan

We are grateful to both Gordon and Mark for their efforts and wish them the best of luck in the future.feedback

Stewart Regan

On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team. I know how disappointed he was that we couldn't secure a play-off place but to come so close was a tribute to the belief he instilled in his squad. After almost five years the Board felt it was time for a new direction to prepare for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying campaign and also the forthcoming UEFA Nations League.feedback

Gordon Strachan

Gordon's tenure will end with immediate effect along with that of his assistant coach, Mark McGhee. We are grateful to Gordon for the passion, professionalism and commitment demonstrated since his appointment in January 2013. While the nation's collective disappointment at not qualifying for the play-offs for the 2018 Fifa World Cup is understandable, it was nevertheless a mark of Gordon's capabilities – and the squad's belief in the coaching team – that we recovered from a poor first half of the campaign to get back into contention for a play-off place.feedback

Karen Betts

Philip Hammond's damaging 3.9% spirits duty hike has hit UK demand for Scotch and seen less money going to the Treasury. The Chancellor should use his November Budget to 'Drop The Dram Duty' and boost a great British success story. Cutting tax would send a strong signal that the Government believes in a world-famous UK manufacturing industry which supports 40,000 jobs and plays a key role in Scotland's economy.feedback

Chris Kirkland

It's a big knock-on thing and, eventually, you don't want to go out. You don't want to talk to people. You put your phone on silent and you don't reply to anyone. I couldn't wait to come home. It's a vicious circle and you just can't get yourself out of it. I wasn't the person she married. Leeona's family are in Scotland, mine are in Leicester, we're tight-knit and I've always taken it upon myself to be the man of the house. I was embarrassed that I couldn't look after the family properly.feedback

Angus Robertson

All of us, whether we were returned and those of us who were not, are committed to delivering Scottish independence as soon as we can because we have to save Scotland from this damaging hard Brexit approach of Theresa May and her dysfunctional government. However understandable it is to have an ambition that we should not change a winning approach, we cannot simply rerun past campaigns and expect the same outcomes. Because ... there are 1,300 and some days until the next Scottish Parliamentary election and there will also be a referendum on Scottish independence.feedback

Mhairi Black

If you believe in a United Kingdom so much, why be afraid to ask the people of Scotland the same question again?feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

People want clarity about Brexit first. We respect that. We may not yet know exactly when the choice will be made. But we can, we must, and we will always make the case for independence. There is a better future to be had for all of us, if we chose to build it, together. I am sick to the back teeth of British nationalists perpetuating the myth that Scotland could not afford to thrive in the world as an independent nation. They "pay for the support that our businesses need to thrive just as they do for our health service and our schools.feedback

Derek Mackay

We'll continue to work with trade unions to deliver an affordable settlement that recognises the cost of living. But if austerity is not lifted, our ability to offer the kind of deal we might want to will remain constrained, no matter what powers we use.feedback

Jackson Carlaw

What Nicola Sturgeon seems to forget is she's already had more than 10 years in power to do all the things she speaks of here. The SNP is on a slippery slope, and it's unlikely the electorate will grant her another decade. Her presumption that she'll be in power for 10 years is arrogant, and the voters will see it that way too.feedback

Martin Kettle

She overplayed her hand on Brexit. Now the chest-thumping conference slogans have gone, as the SNP gets down to some old-fashioned deal-making. Just two years ago Nicola Sturgeon seemed invincible. As she took over from Alex Salmond as leader of the SNP following the 2014 independence referendum, thousands of new recruits flocked to the Scottish nationalist cause, turning defeat into victory. In November 2014 she sold out the 12,000-seat Glasgow SSE Hydro, a week after Lady Gaga had done the same.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

You can't in a democracy simply say to people: it's illegal for you to decide what you want your future to be. I didn't ever really take kindly to people trying to interfere in whether Scotland should become independent; it's not for me to say whether Catalonia should be independent. But there are two things I would say: firstly, the scenes we saw last Sunday of violence against people just trying to vote were absolutely unacceptable, and everybody, regardless of their views on independence, I think should condemn that.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I'm the last person thinking about my future right now. I have to make sure the players, staff and their families are all right. I'm looking after them at the moment and it's not about me. I'm really proud to be their manager. There is disappointment but it is nothing compared to that of the players. I haven't seen a group of players so exhausted as they were and I've told them they should be proud.feedback

Gordon Strachan

As I said to them, you can go away and be really proud of yourselves because you pushed yourselves to places some maybe didn't think they could go, because we were against a physically stronger side, a side that has never conceded a goal here.feedback

Gordon Strachan

Against a physical side, we knew set-plays would be a problem and they scored from two set-plays. We can't change genetics and just can't play the biggest people in Scotland.feedback

Gordon Strachan

Technically we are fine, but our lads have got to work harder on the ball than bigger lads who are 6ft 2in or 6ft 3in.feedback

Gordon Strachan

The day after the game footballers cannot take anything in apart from: 'Well done, that was great.' They are too tired.feedback

Gordon Strachan

We have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher because it is easier for these type of guys. Physically, we have a problem against the teams we have faced in the last couple of years.feedback

Gordon Strachan

Over the 90 minutes and the last year, it's been an honour to work with these guys. At this moment it's obviously disappointment, but my disappointment is nothing compared to the players. When you see them at the end of the game, I don't think I have seen a group of players that exhausted and disappointed.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I've said I will consider the timing again when we have more clarity about what we are facing in March 2019 than we do just now.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I'm the last person to be thinking about right now. The players, staff, fans, family - you want to make sure they're alright.feedback

Gordon Strachan

This group do it for nothing. They do it for their country, their families and the fans. So it's an honour to work with them and they're hurting badly. When I look back I think, You have given it a right good shot,' and they left nothing in the dressing room. Over the last two games especially they gave it everything they had.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I've been fortunate to have been successful in my own career and get to places. But with all due respect to the lads I played with – some who are my mates now – this group are as good as anything I've worked with.feedback

Eric Trump

The industry is both competitive and challenging, factors that were heightened by the ongoing dip in the local economy, and adverse weather conditions.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

We will consider the (independence referendum) timing again when we have more clarity on what we face. People watch the chaos that is engulfing the UK right now and people look ahead and see the damage that is likely to be done by this unfolding disaster that is not just Brexit but this incompetent and chaotic approach to Brexit being presided over by (Conservative Prime Minister) Theresa May. I think the case for Scotland's future in Scotland's hands (...) is becoming greater and stronger by the day.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I believe so, so strongly, not for ideological reasons but for hard practical reasons, it would be an act of monumental folly for the UK to come out of the single market.feedback

James McFadden

The run we've been on breeds the confidence to keep going, and it then turns into a habit. It becomes, It's fine, we'll get a goal' instead of, Aw naw! We're not gonna score' - and it showed against Slovakia on Thursday night. We've been saying for years we need a No 9 to lead the line and he's doing it now. Okay, he went a wee while without getting a goal but he brings so much more to the team now.feedback

James McFadden

We put Chris Martin on to be a presence but we didn't just hump it up to him in hope. It was still measured and the cross that won it came along the deck. I'm glad we never resorted to just hitting it long and maybe sticking a centre back up.feedback

James McFadden

Sometimes he comes a bit too short for my liking, but he comes off the front, gets on the half-turn, get shots in from the edge of the box, gets crosses in, gets on the end of crosses - his game has evolved so much. Gordon says he's first name on the team sheet now and you just feel every game that he's going to score.feedback

James McFadden

So the best thing about this game is that it's up to us. We've shown against Slovenia at home, similar to Thursday, that we can grind it out, and we've shown we can go away to places like Lithuania and dominate. And coming back from a goal down against England we've shown resilience as well.feedback

Darren Fletcher

My ear looks like I've been bitten by Mike Tyson! But I'll be all right for Sunday. My ear was hanging off a little bit, so it definitely needed to be bandaged up or it would have been flapping around.feedback

Darren Fletcher

I got a few stitches but it will heal up and should be all right for Sunday.feedback

Darren Fletcher

If we could reach the play-offs that would be great but it is all about getting to the tournament in Russia.feedback

Darren Fletcher

Beating Slovakia was a massive boost and puts us in a great position but we still have a job to do in Slovenia. There's a feel-good factor about the country at the moment but we've still got one game to go and even after that there is still the play-offs.feedback

Darren Fletcher

We still have a number of games to get to Russia and Slovakia was a small step towards getting there.feedback

Darren Fletcher

Momentum is a good thing in football and it is with us now.feedback

Darren Fletcher

Once you score a couple of late goals you start to believe in yourselves as a team, and that is showing.feedback

Darren Fletcher

I signalled to my kids in the stand at the end making sure they knew I was OK. When you see your dad go off with blood, you might be worried. I needed three or four stitches and some glue.feedback

Darren Fletcher

It will be tough but this team believe we can go and win the game, and that's the biggest thing.feedback

Darren Fletcher

There are still a lot of challenges ahead of us and what we want to achieve.feedback

Kevin McKenna

The South Americans have had a disastrous World Cup campaign and are grimly hanging on to the hope of getting through – welcome to our world. Finally, Argentinian football fans now know what it’s like to be Scottish. The country that gave us Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi could only manage a 0-0 draw against Peru in Buenos Aires last Thursday night in their World Cup qualifier. Thus, its qualification prospects “hang by a thread”. Hanging by a thread has been the default status of Scotland’s qualification prospects for any competition we have ever entered. If Scotland found themselves in a qualifying group comprising only itself and no other our prospects would still “hang by a thread”.feedback

Gordon Strachan

That's the difference at this level. People talk about systems and tactics but when it came down to it, what won us that game? Leigh Griffiths turning, stretching even though he might get hurt and toepokes it. That's what made the difference.feedback

Gordon Strachan

His part in the goal was unbelievable. We had talked to them about pushing themselves that little bit more than you think you can. Then you see the way he stretched to get to the ball just to toepoke it through to Ikechi Anya. That toe poke won us the game.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I think so, yeah. I think we all agreed at the start of the group that, with what England have got, second place would be a smashing achievement. It'll be another long and nervous night, I think.feedback

Gordon Strachan

It shows we have a fitness level. People talk about mental strength but I could put you guys out there and I know you'd try as hard as you could to get a victory for Scotland. But you couldn't do it because you are not fit enough. You'd give it your best but you'd be knackered after 20 minutes. So you have to have the physical strength to keep the mental strength going. Our players have shown they have that in their locker. The fans know we have it in our locker as well.feedback

Gordon Strachan

That is something I'll have a conversation with him about. I'll need to have a word. His performances of late have been terrific. I just thought he was magnificent the other night.feedback

Gordon Strachan

They have a fantastic record here and they'll want to keep that going. They'll probably be thinking they should be in second place just now if it hadn't been for some last-minute goals.feedback

Sam Gardner - World Wide Fund for Nature

Monday proved to be a great day for renewable electricity output, with wind turbines alone providing enough to power 7 million homes and way more than Scotland's total electricity needs. We're blown away by these figures but they are part of a pattern of increasingly green power production made possible thanks to many years of political support in Scotland. Across the year, renewables now contribute over half of our electricity needs.feedback

Jim Sillars

The movement must no longer be seen as an adjunct of the SNP, a deadly tie that makes independence hostage to their electoral fate. The movement won't win independence until it is itself truly independent.feedback

Jim Sillars

It's a long time since I've been so angry at a decision and I know it will have a very profound effect. I think it's cowardice. they're not prepared to stand up against the green agenda, even though they have evidence that it is safe.feedback

Jim Sillars

They lunged into an exercise in monumental political misjudgement, the demand for a premature second referendum, leading to loss of majority at Holyrood and a near wipe out in the North East, Borders and Galloway in the Westminster election. The independence movement need their own guiding resolution - one welcoming Brexit as freeing us from EU one-size-fits-all rules that are inimical to the needs of small nations, which require maximum flexibility in a world dominated by economic giants.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I've not thought about it. I'm going to enjoy this for about an hour and a half. We're going to forget about Slovenia until this is over.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Fracking is being banned in Scotland, end of story. I don't think that position could be any clearer.feedback

Lincoln Seligman

This is a serious act of omission for Wiltshire not to mention that the allegation had been discontinued by the Met after investigating it.feedback

Lincoln Seligman

If Veale had new evidence that overrides the Met investigation he should tell us. We need to know what else he isn't telling us about these allegations. He should consider his position.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I genuinely thought we were going to score a goal. It would have been a huge disappointment if we didn't. That was some performance. Slovakia going down to 10 men shook us for a bit because we had done our work against 11 - and then it changes. But we managed to adapt and we created plenty of chances.feedback

Gordon Strachan

The man of the match for them was the keeper [Martin Dubravka] - he was magnificent. And the crossbar was good as well.feedback

Gordon Strachan

We had all these great performances and then the footballing gods decided to give us victory.feedback

Gordon Strachan

It says a lot about their fitness. You have got to have fitness to have the mental strength, otherwise you have a weakness.feedback

Gordon Strachan

When you see guys are ready to go on and play, and don't let the disappointment take over, it is easy for you. The 14 boys changed the result from a draw to a victory.feedback

Gordon Strachan

We have been building up to a performance like that. They deserve a performance and result like that. How many times have we had bad luck written all over it? It wasn't about luck tonight, it was a great goalkeeper, the crossbar and eventually getting one in.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I genuinely thought we would score, regardless of when that was. At no time did it feel really stressful. I could see they had everything under control. They had a real belief in what they were trying to do.feedback

Gordon Dewar

We are naturally frustrated as this is a conversation we have been having for far too long without any meaningful outcome, and the tourism industry continues to miss out on the benefits of this cut. Our understanding of the issue is that the current exemption is unlikely to be challenged and even if it is, it's likely to be found compatible with state aid rules.feedback

Murdo Fraser

It's therefore extremely disappointing to see the SNP trying to weasel out of this commitment, and many in the sector will feel badly let down.feedback

Murdo Fraser

The policy of reducing this tax has been a longstanding one, and eagerly awaited by the tourism industry. With the support of the Scottish Conservatives, there is a clear majority at Holyrood for making sure it happens.feedback

Murdo Fraser

A cynic might conclude that today's announcement has more to do with politics, and the SNP's desire to cosy up to the Greens over the budget again, than legal technicalities.feedback

Owen Jones

In a two-horse leadership race with the incumbent Anas Sarwar, only the lifelong leftist candidate can be truly progressive and prevent another catastrophe. It is an election contest that could determine the future not just of Scotland, but Britain as a whole. Scotland was a birthplace of Labourism, the nation that produced Labour’s first leaders – Keir Hardie, Arthur Henderson, George Barnes – and political icons such as Jennie Lee.feedback

Gary Player

If you look at the courses he's building around the world, he took Turnberry and built this new links golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland. Turnberry has gone from a very nice golf course to the best golf course in Europe.feedback

Dean Lockhart

Alarm bells should be ringing for the Scottish Government, particularly as new powers mean our public services are becoming more dependent on the performance of the economy.feedback

Keith Brown

Today's figures are good news, showing the Scottish economy continuing to grow over the second quarter of this year. It is particularly pleasing to see growth over the first half of the year in industries linked to the oil and gas supply chain, which provides more evidence that confidence is gradually returning to the sector. Additionally we are seeing strength in Scotland's services sector - which is particularly good news given that it is by far the largest part of the economy in terms of turnover, value added and employment.feedback

David Mundell

The GDP figures show the Scottish economy growing, but at a far slower rate than we would like to see.feedback

Paul Wheelhouse

It is our responsibility as a government to make a decision we believe is in the best interests of the people of this country as a whole. We must be confident that the choices we make will not compromise health and safety or damage the environment in which we live. We have a moral responsibility to tackle climate change and an economic responsibility to prepare Scotland for new low carbon opportunities.feedback

Paul Wheelhouse

The Scottish Government has a moral responsibility to tackle climate change and an economic responsibility to prepare Scotland for new low carbon opportunities. Taking full account of the available evidence and strength of public opinion today, my judgment is that Scotland should say no to fracking.feedback

Anne Boden

We both think it's a huge market and consumers need choice.feedback

Anne Boden

It will be very easy to get up and running, taking five minutes or less. At the moment opening a business account can take many hours at a branch. Business owners are far too busy for that.feedback

Paul Wheelhouse

There is no social licence for unconventional oil and gas to be taken forward at this time, and the research we have conducted does not provide a strong enough basis from which to adequately address those communities' concerns.feedback

Rose Dickinson - Friends of the Earth

With all our nearest neighbours having banned or halted fracking, our government is increasingly out on a limb in pursuing it in England.feedback

Bernard Higgins

As these things have occurred so have our plans evolved to try and recreate the threat that we believe exists within the UK. In previous exercises the attacks were more coordinated, so you have had two or three different cells attacking different venues at different times.feedback

Bernard Higgins

It is blank cartridges we're using, but it's trying to recreate the pressure and the tension that the first responders will be feeling at the scene and the senior officers and staff will be feeling back in the operations room.feedback

Stuart Haszeldine

The consultation replies from citizens shows they are very clearly prepared to forgo the doubtful possibility of short-term financial gain for the longer-term benefits of moving to a cleaner economy and air quality. This is continuing the decline of fossil fuels, and moving to a different sort of wealth.feedback

Amber Rudd

The events of this year have shown why it is vital that the emergency services, government and agencies prepare and rehearse our response to potential terrorist attacks. The professionalism with which front line services dealt with the atrocities in London and Manchester is in part due to the planning and practice that goes into exercises like this. I will chair a meeting of COBR (Cabinet Office Briefing Room) as part of the exercise and working with colleagues in both the UK and Scottish Governments as we test our plans to keep families and communities across the UK safe.feedback

Bernard Higgins

What we've seen in recent times - particularly in the UK - it's low sophistication, it's small numbers of people, often lone actors. They're using vehicles, they're using knives and bladed weapons, but the impact is high and the casualties are high. This is an exercise - it's not because we know something is going to happen or we believe something is going to happen. There is absolutely no intelligence to suggest that Scotland is going to be a specific target of terrorism at any point in the future.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I did say I always thought it would be very difficult to beat them. I saw them at the European Championship last summer.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I've been told we have momentum with us because of the last game.feedback

Gordon Strachan

They made life difficult for England and they'll make it hard for us. I think it will be a long night. An interesting night. It might even be a nervous night but, hopefully, at the end, we're all happy.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I honestly think the harder games were Lithuania away, and Malta here. If you don't do anything in Lithuania, you're out, but we've got over that real nervous one and we're coming into this relishing it now. We still have to win, but we've done enough to feel a bit better about ourselves. We have done enough to get a full house, when there could have been nobody there. They have four or five top, top players, backed by a team of good players. They have a small squad, like a club side and they get on with it. You can nearly pick their side, most of the time, one or two areas apart.feedback

Gordon Strachan

It is different if it is Messi. Do you want to step in for Messi? 'No, I don't want to step in for Messi., I'd rather just sit on the bench and watch this.feedback

Jon Cunliffe - Bank of England

We didn't suddenly arrive at RBS, we got there through a series of failures that really damaged trust. The feeling was: 'Heads I win, tails the taxpayer loses. You have to have enough bail in-able resource, enough there to recapitalise you to our minimum standard so you trade as normal on Monday.feedback

Jon Cunliffe - Bank of England

The correction could have been done without as much contagion if we'd had resolution plans in place. You have to have enough bail in-able resource, enough there to recapitalise you to our minimum standard so you trade as normal on Monday.feedback

Brendan Rodgers

Michael's done an incredible job with the international team. Stevie Robinson's starting out and Hibs look very much improved with Neil at the helm. I see a hunger and a desire and a shape to how they're playing. Tommy Wright is another experienced coach and good manager.feedback

Brendan Rodgers

In all of those guys, there's real love and passion for football and, when you have that, you have a willingness to learn and improve and not just settle on what you've achieved.feedback

Craig Gordon

I didn't know until after the game who had hit the shot. I threw myself across it and made myself as big as possible and got a strong enough contact on it to put it round the post.feedback

Theresa May

Thank you very much. We did not have the overall result we wanted but together we saved the union. They say elections can be strange things. You get 42 - 44%, you get 2.3m more votes, the largest rise in percentage share in over 30 years and 12 more elected MPs in Scotland but we didn't get an overall majority. They you are.feedback

Martin Lewis - MoneySavingExpert.com

The law rightfully recognises that many vulnerable people who have a severe mental impairment such as dementia or Alzheimer's are entitled to a council tax reduction. Sadly, many councils do not and the result is that society's most vulnerable face a postcode lottery with huge variance in take up depending on where people live.feedback

Jon Cunliffe - Bank of England

In the event the threat of insolvency proved neither credible nor effective. We should have no illusions about the resolution of a major bank. If it happens, even when the regime is fully in place, it will be a very painful exercise. Resolution is not a magic wand; losses will need to fall on creditors. Even if we are prepared in advance, stabilising a large failing bank will not be easy.feedback

Jon Cunliffe - Bank of England

In the UK, the going concern regime is based on assurance of there being an effective way to resolve failing banks. Absent such assurance… we would require banks to hold appreciably more capital to absorb losses.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I have serious concerns about the decisions taken by Ryanair in the past couple of days. These will cause disruption to many passengers travelling to and from Scotland to London and indeed to other destinations in Europe. We fully support the CAA's launch of enforcement action because it is vital at the time of disruption that airlines provide full and accurate information about the rights that they [passengers] have.feedback

Pia Hardelid

There is some evidence that maternal vaccination during pregnancy can protect young babies from flu infection.feedback

Pia Hardelid

Children are very effective spreaders of respiratory viruses like flu. Our study suggests that older siblings pose a risk of serious infection for their baby sisters and brothers.feedback

Pia Hardelid

There is not much parents can do about the time of year their baby is born, but women can also help reduce the risk of serious flu for their newborns by taking up the invitation to have a vaccine when they are still pregnant.feedback

Pia Hardelid

Flu can be a serious infection in very young children but at the moment there is no vaccine approved for babies under six months. This means we need to look at other ways to minimise the risk of infection. The nasal spray vaccine, which is now being offered in GP surgeries and primary schools in the UK, provides a good opportunity to protect the children who receive it, as well as their younger siblings.feedback

Philip Hammond

Maintaining a smooth operation of the UK single market is critically important. But not all of the powers that come back from Brussels will need to be retained at UK level in order to maintain that single market. There definitely will be a flow of powers back to the devolved administrations. Scotland will end up with more powers than it has today as a result of leaving the European Union.feedback

Philip Hammond

Personally, I think one should be cautious at a time of uncertainty, and there is uncertainty, created by the Brexit process itself, there's uncertainty created by the pressure on real incomes from the spike in inflation following the currency depreciation last year. I think one should be cautious about increasing the pressure on household incomes through taxation at a time like this.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

I think financial institutions should be encouraging people to get their debts paid down and when you're on zero balance that is the best time as it's costing you nothing.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

We just don't think now is the right time, with consumer debt having grown so much. Look, call me old-fashioned, but I like people paying back. Call me old-fashioned, but I think we should be giving customers a lot more warning about the issues around them.feedback

Patrick Harvie

Other countries have already set net-zero targets before the year 2050, including Norway and Sweden. Scotland has a chance to continue showing leadership and adopt a net-zero target and I'm glad the first minister has at least committed to 'proper consideration' of consultation responses.feedback

Roseanna Cunningham

The recently published Programme for Government places climate action at its heart and includes bold new commitments in a range of areas, including low-carbon transport, infrastructure and energy efficiency. We acknowledge that there are areas where more needs to be done in order to continue meeting our ambitious targets and to prepare for even greater future ambition under our proposed Climate Change Bill.feedback

Gareth Shaw

A year on from our super-complaint, people are still at risk of losing life-changing sums of money. Data sharing between banks and best practice standards must be agreed and adopted across the industry to make sure consumers are protected.feedback

Agi Gamski

The banks don't have to do anything to help because they are not obliged to refund us. They have the technology to cross-check names and account numbers, but they don't. They push us towards making bank transfers but fail to put protective measures in place.feedback

Alex Brazier

By September, we will have assessed whether the rapid growth has created any gap in the line. If it has, we'll plug it.feedback

Kirstene Hair

It was very difficult because you get two arguments, very strong on both sides.feedback

Kevin McKenna

Why is the city dithering over a suitable memorial to the events that brought in the first Irish immigrants?More than 150 years after starving Irish people first sought sanctuary in Glasgow, it seems the city’s acceptance of them remains a qualified one. The bulk of those who settled here had fled the horrors of the Great Famine (An Gorta Mór) in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. During this period, a million of Ireland’s poorest people starved to death and a million more were forced to flee to other countries to ensure that their families survived.feedback

Kirstene Hair

I didn't vote on Brexit. I took the decision not to vote on it. It was incredibly difficult. The first time I've never voted in my life. I do think we've got good opportunities for the UK.feedback

Kirstene Hair

I just ultimately couldn't make that decision and I thought I would therefore go with the will of the UK which if I'm honest I thought we would remain. Now I think we all have to get behind it and say, you know what, that's the way the country voted and we have to make the best. I do think we've got good opportunities for the UK.feedback

Sean Randall - KPMG

There are all sorts of niches to this. A buyer says to a seller 'get me a plot of non-residential' specifically to avoid stamp duty. That is pretty aggressive. There should be some kind of apportionment rule, which there actually is in Scotland. There's a big spectrum. Some cases are quite clearly mixed-use, but others are very open to challenge.feedback

Sunny Patel

I have not seen the nanny since late August. She used to come in with the kids twice a day to buy them sweets.feedback

Gaston Fournier-Facio

The orchestra is the first one to understand that they are going places on the shoulders of Gianandrea.feedback

Gaston Fournier-Facio

Gianandrea is a very strong personality. The more he becomes an international figure, the stronger his personality develops. But that can be a positive thing. Because he becomes more sure, more confident with himself, and then it becomes easier to work with him.feedback

Gaston Fournier-Facio

He's very friendly and he goes out for a meal with the orchestra members, but in rehearsals he can be very very demanding, very tough.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Obviously I'm thinking pretty deeply about it. I think Brexit is a complete and utter car crash – an unfolding disaster. I haven't changed my views on that, and I think it's deeply wrong for [Scotland] to be taken down that path without the ability to decide whether that's right or not.feedback

Stephen Crabb

UK government ministers probably have to say a bit more and to give a bit more to try to bridge the gulf at the moment.feedback

Michael Russell

There needs to be an injection of trust into the negotiating process.feedback

Michael Russell

We are willing to cooperate with the UK government but this cannot mean allowing (Britain's national parliament) to drive a coach and horses through the devolution settlement.feedback

Jamie Harrold

In recent years Scotland have played two away friendlies in London, one against Nigeria (2014, Craven Cottage) and the other Brazil (2011, Emirates Stadium). By my calculations Lagos to London is 5,018km as the crow flies, so not far enough away, but Rio to London is 9,287km.feedback

Tim Martin

We are proud to support the campaign to reduce the level of VAT in the pub industry. On Tax Equality Day, customers in our pubs will find the price of their drinks and food to be lower than normal. We are keen to highlight the amount which customers would save, if VAT in pubs were lowered permanently. So, for example, the total price of a meal and drinks, for a customer, would be reduced from £10 to £9.25 on Tax Equality Day. A reduction in the level of VAT, on a long-term basis, will generate growth and create jobs in the important leisure and hospitality sector.feedback

Abo Zaid Fa

Had a good time with my cousin. He came to visit me in Scotland last year for one week's holiday and I have also visited him in London. But I haven't spoken to him for a while. I don't know anything about what is going on with the police.feedback

Abo Zaid Fa

Yes, he is my cousin. He is a good guy who likes to smoke, meet girls and go to the clubs. I don't believe he is a terrorist.feedback

Roy Thompson

The UK urgently needs a bold energy transition plan, instead of trusting to dwindling fossil fuel reserves and possible fracking. We must act now and drive the necessary shift to a clean economy with integration between energy systems. There needs to be greater emphasis on renewables, energy storage and improved insulation and energy efficiencies.feedback

David Mundell

As a former MSP, I want to see the Scottish Parliament strengthened and that is what will happen as we leave the EU.feedback

Robin McAlpine

If anyone says we can't allow the Duke of Buccleuch to lose a single inch of his estate, that's an anti-enterprise approach to Scotland.feedback

Fiona Henderson

Green iguanas are kept commonly as pets. They require a lot of care as UV lights, heating and a big vivarium is needed to keep them comfortable. Iggy's tail alone is at least 3ft so he's very large, although he is now an adult so shouldn't grow any more.feedback

Dawn-Vale Lowdon

We were alerted to the lizard after it was discovered by a vigilant member of the public. Despite having a few bumps, he was all right once he had been warmed up. He's now being cared for at our centre in Lanarkshire where he has been named Iggy. If no one comes forward for him we'll keep him in our care until we can find him a suitable forever home.feedback

Simon Rubinsohn

The latest results continue to suggest that the greatest pressure on both prices and activity continues to be felt in prime central London market. Although there are some signs that the wider South East is also losing some momentum, anecdotal evidence suggests the impact is very location specific. Meanwhile the numbers for most other parts of the country point to a rather more resilient marketplace.feedback

Ruth Davidson

Scotland's teacher shortage is a national crisis. In such circumstances, the SNP must act now to put in place urgent measures so these teachers can apply for jobs without any further delay. It's not good enough for Nicola Sturgeon to point to changes made a few years back – we know they don't go far enough.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

You always know when Ruth Davidson has lost the plot at First Minister's Questions because we just get the angry waffling in place of a question.feedback

Liz Smith

This is a remarkable development which exposes the scale of the SNP's teacher recruitment crisis. It's one thing to have recruitment problems in remote parts of the country. For them to exist in Scotland's capital city is a scandal.feedback

Bryan Paterson

If any parent can support us in any way, or knows anyone who might be able to do so, please contact me directly.feedback

Robin Leith

Now there are more sellers than buyers, and prices are typically between 5 percent and 15 percent lower than valuations. As prices have fallen, more people have opted to stay central and avoid a commute, when they can now buy an appropriately sized property closer to work.feedback

Robin Leith

There are virtually no vacation-home transactions, and very few investors active at the moment.feedback

Andrew McPhillips - Yorkshire Building Society

Unsurprisingly, the data shows that there is a distinct divide between the north and south of the country when it comes to housing affordability, but this has become even more pronounced since the financial crash. While some northern cities, such as Manchester, are less affordable than they were in 2007, in much of the north of England, Scotland and Wales, the gap between earnings and house prices is around a third of the average for London.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish government will work with interested local authorities to fund research into the concept and feasibility of a citizen's basic income to help to inform Parliament's thinking for the future.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The chief constable has decided, and I think given the allegations that have been made, he has been right to decide, that it's better he is not in post while that investigation is under way. I wouldn't have chosen to have a situation where the chief constable felt he had to stand down while an investigation is carried out, of course. But there is leadership at Police Scotland in the form of the acting chief constable and we will make sure that that continues.feedback

Iain Livingstone

Having discussed the matter at length with my wife, family and others, I intend to continue in post for the foreseeable future. Given the uncertainty and challenges currently facing Police Scotland, I consider it my duty to remain in service. My focus now will be on ensuring that we continue to deliver day-to-day policing services to the people of Scotland and on providing the leadership and assurance that is needed at this time.feedback

Tony Blair

Since that time I've always sort of thought about what we did right and what we did wrong. I think in retrospect I would have looked for more ways of trying to keep Scotland and England culturally aligned. I was looking for ways of making sure that as we in a sense diverged around devolution that there were elements of convergence and I still think in the future it's important we look for that. In the end the UK is an alliance of interests and values that is incredibly important for England and for Scotland in the modern world.feedback

Tony Blair

I know it sounds a bit strange but I was for a time quite obsessed with the idea that, for example, for football we should be opening up the English league and the Scottish league and having them together because I always thought we should be looking at ways of making sure that people felt a connection. I was looking for ways of making sure that as we in a sense diverged around devolution that there were elements of convergence and I still think in the future it's important we look for that. Since that time I've always sort of thought about what we did right and what we did wrong.feedback

Tony Blair

Since that time I've always sort of thought about what we did right and what we did wrong. I think in retrospect I would have looked for more ways of trying to keep Scotland and England culturally aligned. I know it sounds a bit strange but I was for a time quite obsessed with the idea that, for example, for football we should be opening up the English league and the Scottish league and having them together.feedback

Ruth Davidson

The top priority over the coming years must be a vast improvement in our educational standing – to get Scotland back amongst the best in the world. Other countries, including Germany and Poland, have previously used disappointing PISA results to spur major reforms in education. At present, Scotland is simply 'average' in maths, science and reading. We should aim far higher than that.feedback

David Mundell

The Scottish Parliament is now part now of everyday life in Scotland, and that's the real achievement, the real change. Twenty years ago that parliament didn't exist, so the votes cast on 11 September 1997 have made a real difference to life in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament is the most powerful devolved parliament of its type anywhere in the world. The challenge it has now is to use those powers for the benefit of the people of Scotland.feedback

Paul Masterton

People in Scotland are sick to death of the first minister using Brexit to manufacture more grievance. She cannot preach to others about consensus while she refuses to take the threat of another referendum off the table. The UK government has made it perfectly clear, on numerous occasions, that the powers of the Scottish parliament will not be diminished through this process.feedback

Howard Davies - Royal Bank of Scotland

The clock is ticking and in the City people are making contingency plans and at the moment they can only make them on the basis of a hard Brexit... so the longer it goes the more likelihood it is those 'hard Brexit' plans will be implemented.feedback

Gerry Hassan

Holyrood is still a work in progress, but after 20 years, we regard that assembly – not Westminster – as our pre-eminient political institution. Twenty years ago today Scotland voted 3:1 for the establishment of a Scottish parliament. It was a very different political time: Diana’s death, Britpop and Bill Clinton in the White House.feedback

Nick Staley

This equipment undoubtedly has the potential to save lives and is just one of a number of measures being taken to provide protection to crowds attending major events in London and reassuring businesses, workers and visitors as they go about their daily lives.feedback

Peter Hardisty - Rheinmetall

By value 60pc of the vehicle will be made in the UK. We are not talking about a final assembly line, but parts fabricated in the UK in manufacturing facilities in the Midlands, North East and Scotland.feedback

Stephen Gethins

The Scottish National Party foreign affairs spokesman argues for consensus politics. Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the referendum that led to the reestablishment of the Scottish parliament, two decades since I cast my vote in favour hoping for a new outward looking Scotland as a student newly returned from my Erasmus year – a beneficiary of the opportunities for young people provided by our EU membership.feedback

Nadine Dorries

It is absolutely outrageous that people who buy their lottery tickets in good faith are seeing their hard-earned money being siphoned north of the border. The Scots already get far more than the English in terms of public spending – so why do they get so much lottery money on top of this? This needs to be looked at urgently. The union is precious but this is too much.feedback