Has Scotland taken a major step towards independence?

It’s been over two months since the outcome of the referendum came to fruition. For me and over 1.6 million voters, the outcome was distastefully sour. The tears, grief, bewilderment and the anxiety about what was to lie ahead dominated our feelings from the moment just after 6am on the 19th September when Scotland decided…

How much are you willing to pay for a doughnut?

Doughnuts – we’ve all probably tried one and most of us love them. Ringed, holes or filled, they bring a sweet delight to someone’s appetite. But why have I become obsessed with them in recent days? Late on Saturday night, I found myself in a branch of Tesco in Dunfermline and walked past a Krispy…

The Americanisation of Scottish politics

Admittedly, I’m still absolutely struck by the enormity of Saturday’s major gathering of Scottish National Party members at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The vast number of people, the musicality of the occasion and the emphatic volume of the message coming out from one of the world’s major exhibition venues secured the recognition and overall…

If you thought Alex was good, then you haven’t seen Nicola yet

Tonight, Scotland is under new leadership. Irvine born Nicola Sturgeon has become the youngest politician in Scottish political history to take up the post of First Minister of Scotland. And although she has just taken over from Alex Salmond, she is no unknown. Already a major household name within Scottish public life, Nicola has arguably…

Welcome to the new look Official Anas Hassan

So I’ve moved to a different host for my own habitat on the web – it’s a bit like moving house I guess. Nonetheless, welcome to my brand new website. It’s pretty much still a work in progress at the moment, but I’m currently in a very exciting phase at the moment. As you’ll find…