Self-driving bus takes to Scotland’s roads

The UK’s first full-sized self-driving bus is to take to the road for the first time on Monday and will begin transporting thousands of passengers later this year. Stagecoach is to begin on-road testing in preparation for passengers stepping aboard... Read more

The secret hack to getting cheaper hotel rates

Of course, swapping Saturday for Sunday isn’t a new concept, and those who have tried it have quickly cottoned on to its appeal, but even so it’s been an uphill struggle trying to persuade my friends to give up their... Read more

The mystery of how Stratford lad Shakespeare knew so much about the world

Key locations The jealous Leontes may have had no real-life counterpart, but Sicily was a kingdom, by various definitions, between 1130 and 1816 – its rulers seated at the Royal Palace (now the Sicilian Regional Assembly, but open for tours;... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon denies government cover-up in ferries contract scandal

Nicola Sturgeon has denied her government staged a cover-up over its decision to hand a scandal-hit ferries contract to a shipyard owned by an independence supporter after it admitted key documents “cannot be located”. The First Minister said it was... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon accused of ignoring local issues as she bangs the drum for independence

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of ignoring local services in her council election campaign after arguing Scots should vote SNP to punish Boris Johnson over “partygate” and bolster her case for independence. Unveiling her party’s election manifesto in Greenock, the... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon is as much a disaster as defeated ‘hero’ Bonnie Prince Charlie

It’s a puzzle that few people, whether native or visitors, can really get to the bottom of – namely, how does Nicola Sturgeon manage to continue to command the support of the majority of the Scottish public? She launched her... Read more

Cochrane’s Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon’s bare-faced antics may have cost her party support

That a civil servant should leap to a politician’s defence may come as a surprise to many, but not those who have been increasingly worried about the politicisation of Scotland’s civil servants after 15 years of SNP government. That they’ve... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon says missing paper trail in ferries contract scandal is ‘regrettable’

Nicola Sturgeon has denied her government staged a cover-up over its decision to hand a scandal-hit ferries contract to a shipyard owned by an independence supporter after it admitted key documents “cannot be located”. The First Minister said it was... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon accused of ignoring local issues to focus on referendum and ‘partygate’

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of ignoring local services in her council election campaign after arguing Scots should vote SNP to punish Boris Johnson over ‘partygate’ and bolster her case for independence. Unveiling her party’s election manifesto in Greenock, the... Read more

Convict escapes from relaxed open prison … and legs it straight back to high-security jail

A prisoner ran away from Scotland’s open jail and handed himself in at a maximum security facility because he did not like the relaxed regime, a court was told. William Hunter, 43, ran out of Castle Huntly prison in Perthshire... Read more

ScotRail criticised for ‘watered down version’ of UK’s train fare sale

A temporary train fare cut designed to tempt travellers back on to Scotland’s nationalised railways has been branded a “watered down version” of a better deal being offered by privately run UK operators. ScotRail said on Wednesday that customers would... Read more

Convict ran back to high-security jail because he did not like relaxed open prison

A prisoner ran away from Scotland’s open jail and handed himself in at a maximum security facility because he did not like the relaxed regime, a court was told. William Hunter, 43, ran out of Castle Huntly prison in Perthshire... Read more

Greyhounds are being drugged with cocaine, as calls to ban racing intensify

Greyhounds in Scotland are being drugged with cocaine to make them run faster, campaigners told Holyrood on Wednesday as they argued the sport is “beyond reform” and should be banned. Scotland Against Greyhound Exploitation (SAGE) said 13 dogs being raced... Read more

‘Expelled’ baronet Sir Jamie McGrigor to take on Tories in Scotland vote

A baronet is standing against the Tories in next month’s council elections after claiming he has been expelled from the Scottish Conservative Party. Sir James Angus Rhoderick Neil McGrigor, known to everyone as “Jamie”, is contesting the Oban South and... Read more

25,000 deer cull plan to rewild the Cairngorms angers rural park workers

More than 25,000 deer face being culled under controversial plans to “rewild” parts of the UK’s largest national park. Rural workers have claimed that the proposals, which bosses at Cairngorms National Park say are needed to allow for the restoration... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon held Scottish independence meetings at height of omicron wave

Nicola Sturgeon and her most senior ministers held top-level meetings with civil servants about breaking up the UK while the omicron wave caused havoc with Scotland’s NHS. A Freedom of Information response from the Scottish Government disclosed that meetings about... Read more

Police ‘remind’ Nicola Sturgeon of her own Covid face mask laws

Ms Sturgeon later posted her own footage on social media of the visit, which showed her wearing a tartan mask while shaving a man’s beard. Photographers and camera crews were also present. But separate footage emerged showing her joking with... Read more

Renewed concerns of politicisation of Scottish civil servants under SNP

New fears have been raised over the politicisation of Scotland’s civil service under the SNP after it emerged officials have not lodged formal objections to ministers’ spending decisions in 15 years. Figures show that so-called “ministerial directions”, which are requested... Read more

10 things I learnt about Britain after two years exploring every corner

When the pandemic hit, my life came crashing down around me. I lost my job, two close friends and – very quickly – my entire life savings. How could fate be so unfair? I wondered. When, if ever, would I... Read more

Police ‘remind’ Nicola Sturgeon of her own mask laws

Ms Sturgeon later posted her own footage on social media of the visit, which showed her wearing a tartan mask while shaving a man’s beard. Photographers and camera crews were also present. But separate footage emerged showing her joking with... Read more

Tory councillors will end SNP and Green ‘war on motorists’, vows Douglas Ross

Tory councillors would fight to end a “war on motorists” by the SNP and Greens, Douglas Ross vowed on Thursday. Launching his manifesto for the local elections, the Scottish Tory leader said anti-car policies amounted to an attack on hard-working... Read more

GP ‘hiding in plain sight’ subjected dozens of female patients to unwanted kissing and groping

A disgraced doctor is facing jail for committing sex crimes against 48 female patients after “hiding in plain sight” for almost four decades. Kirshna Singh, 72, abused his position as a respected family GP in North Lanarkshire to subject dozens... Read more

Thought Scots would say goodbye to face masks by Easter? You’ve not met Nicola Sturgeon

With one bound, at last they were free. Or maybe that should be after 50 bounds. Or thereabouts. The Scots have been told that Nicola Sturgeon now believes they are adult enough for freedom from most Covid restrictions and can... Read more

Scotland to be freed from face masks for the first time in almost two years

While face mask rules south of the border have varied since the start of the pandemic, they have remained in place constantly in Scotland since they were first introduced. A mask mandate on public transport in Scotland was first brought... Read more

‘Grossly offensive’ Scottish minister compares women’s rights activists to racists and anti-Semites

Feminists who fear a radical overhaul of transgender laws in Scotland will threaten their rights and safety have been compared to racists and anti-Semites by a minister in Nicola Sturgeon’s government. Lorna Slater, who was handed a ministerial post last... Read more