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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
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NEW Sep 20 2017
Scottish independence has been commented on by 343 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, Ruth Davidson, Gordon Strachan and Angus Robertson. For instance, the most recent quote from Nicola Sturgeon is: “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.”.
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All quotes about Scottish independence

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

Andrew Bridgen

People will be shocked by this. It would appear that Scotland wins the lottery every year.feedback

Dave Rennie

They've had some good sevens here but Callum's a hell of a player. He's got an incredible work rate and the fans are going to love him. He's really physical and superbly conditioned, and he's a great tackler and post-tackler. He's a good leader who captained Manawatu for a number of seasons. What I thought was going to be important was bringing in good men and he certainly ticks that box. He's also a guy who can't play for Scotland and that's important for us from a leadership point of view.feedback

Phil Gormley

I deny and reject the allegations and will co-operate with the SPA's assessment and procedures. It is my intention to resume my full duties when this matter has been resolved.feedback

Phil Gormley

I have been notified by the SPA [Scottish Police Authority] of a complaint made against me. This complaint originates from a member of the force executive. In the interests of the office of chief constable and the broader interests of Police Scotland, I have sought and been granted special leave to enable this matter to be properly assessed.feedback

Willie Rennie

It has taken too long but Phil Gormley has made the right decision to temporarily stand aside and I commend him on that. The investigation needs to be completed effectively and swiftly so that Police Scotland can move on. There is a lot to fix in Police Scotland and we need effective leadership to fix it.feedback

Ruth Davidson

Nicola Sturgeon's message is loud and clear – she's coming for the pay packets of workers right across Scotland. The First Minister made a promise not to increase income tax rates for basic rate taxpayers, and now she's going back on it. Doing so will damage Scotland's reputation as a good place to do business, and stifle the ambitions we all share for the country.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

We also have a responsibility to everybody in our country to make sure that, as we go into the next decade and beyond, we not only protect the public services that all of us depend on but ensure that our nurses, doctors, police officers and firefighters are well rewarded.feedback

John Hayes

The U.K. is home to a wealth of expertise in maritime technology, but more needs to be done to move this sector towards a zero emissions world. That's why this government is committed to backing vital technology to meet this goal, and we are looking to deepen our technical expertise to further support industry.feedback

Gina Hanrahan - World Wide Fund for Nature

With transport the single biggest contributor to climate change in Scotland, we're delighted the first minister has heeded the call of thousands of people across Scotland to cut pollution from our cars. Decarbonising our transport sector in fifteen years will create new jobs, cut emissions and clean up our polluted air. This announcement will help accelerate the shift to electric vehicles and sets us up to lead the technologies of the future.feedback

Alex Rowley

There are positive measures in the government's programme today, but there are still huge challenges facing Scotland that are not addressed. We will work with the government where we can, we will hold them to account and we will bring forward the ideas to tackle the big challenges for Scotland.feedback

Ruth Davidson

We would be concerned if we thought anything would ever come of it beyond trying to write today's headline and the bone she's throwing to the Greens. Because of the new financial powers, Scotland needs to raise closer to what it spends. Dragging Scotland down with ever more punitive taxes is not the way to do this.feedback

Martin O'Neill

After we lost to Scotland in November [2014], it was a month after we'd drawn against Germany in Germany. We lost that game and it was doom and gloom.feedback

Martin O'Neill

We drew with Scotland in June the following year and it was doom and gloom. And we were the ones that went to the Euros and performed very, very well. If we'd had one or two days after we'd beaten Italy, we may well have turned France over.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The programme that I have set out today and the legislation is fresh, bold and ambitious, and because of that aspects of it will undoubtedly be controversial. That is inevitable – indeed it is necessary. No-one has ever built a better country by always taking the easy option.feedback

Richard Dixon

Phasing out new petrol and diesel vehicles is a big step forward for tackling air pollution and climate change emissions. Setting a date of 2032 puts Scotland among the most ambitious countries in the world on vehicle electrification, and the announcement of an A9 electric superhighway also sends a very important signal on the future of motorised transport in Scotland.feedback

Ruth Davidson

If the Scottish government is to earn back the trust and respect of people in Scotland, which it has squandered in the last year, then it must change – and change fast. Given what we know of this Scottish government, we will wait to see whether today's warm words are backed up by action before making a judgment.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

So the time is right, in my view, to open a discussion about how responsible and progressive use of our tax powers could help build the kind of country we want to be – one with the highest-quality public services, well-rewarded public servants, good support for business, a strong social contract and effective policies to tackle poverty and inequality.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

We know that continued Westminster austerity, the consequences of Brexit and the impact of demographic changes will put increasing pressure on our public services and on our ability to provide the infrastructure and support that our businesses need to thrive.feedback

Robert Somynne

The first minister is getting on with the day job and laying the groundwork to make an irrefutable case for Scotland’s independence. Nicola Sturgeon’s “most ambitious” programme for government will include 16 new bills to add to 11 currently progressing through Holyrood. What was surprising was the highlighted focus on education as yet again the area for “bold” reforms, given that education has been the ongoing bugbear of this government struggling to make its case for reform under fire from some teachers and the opposition.feedback

Stephen Glancey - C&C Group

The local pub remains at the heart of many suburban and city communities – often the hub of local activity and their economic and social contribution is immeasurable. C&C has a long and successful track-record of supplying and providing financial support to local pubs within the independent free-trade in Scotland and Ireland. In the UK, the tenanted pub model is a key component of the pub industry. When well invested, and with the right operator and product range, it can provide excellent sustainable returns to all participants.feedback

Gordon Strachan

We have dealt with it. I would like to have had more points. That's our fault. We didn't get the points that we would like to, but now we have a bit of momentum going and want to try to pick these points up again.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I have a great pride in what I do and enjoy working with these guys.feedback

Lindsay Paterson

Some people have said that by asking difficult questions they risk their research grants. These people have been very distinguished scientists, studying highly contentious matters like genetic modification or fracking.feedback

John Swinney

There is always a vigorous debate in education, but what I'm absolutely confident about is that Scotland's curriculum is the right curriculum for our young people.feedback

Lindsay Paterson

But the major worry perhaps is even deeper than that, which is that it will widen inequality. The old academic knowledge - the best that has been thought and said by human beings - will still be given to the children of the well-educated middle class by their parents. But the other children - who can't get it from their parents - are completely dependent on schools for it. And if they're not getting the best that has been thought and said from schools, they will get it from nowhere, and that will make inequality of learning and of culture wider than it has ever been.feedback

Gordon Strachan

That was a bad spell we went through. Like most club sides, you get a bad spell and I think we've dealt with it like a club side; we've got over it and recovered as a group.feedback

Gordon Strachan

We said afterwards that we were lucky to get the breaks and we didn't disguise that. We didn't think it was a 5-1 mauling. We just thought it was a good performance, with the breaks at the right time. How hard did England find it to break them down? How hard did other teams find it?feedback

Gordon Strachan

That's what happens in a year. There is a shift in the players I expect to start games now. As I said before, about systems and the rest of it, when you are defending, that's when most of your coaching counts. When you are attacking, you leave it to players you think can win the game for you and the players we are picking to do that are winning games for us.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

There's a real feeling of pride on the part of all the people I've spoken to today. I sense that what's been created here is a transport link, it's here to do a job, but it's a stunning icon as well that will be known and become known, not just in Scotland, but right across the world. One of the best bridges anywhere in the world.feedback

John Anderson

Our legal advice to date suggests that these proposals, which basically say land more fish to one of four factories or we are taking some quota away from you, go against the core economic principles of the EU and as such are likely to be incompatible with the laws of the EEA.feedback

John Anderson

Ultimately, the way the Government are going about this will make things worse, not better, and our fishermen have been asked to act in an entirely irrational manner which, unsurprisingly, is something they are unwilling to do.feedback

Kevin McKenna

Yes, the new Queensferry Crossing is magnificent, but the money it cost could have been far better spent. In “fair and equal” Scotland there is much that isn’t fair and equal. The phrase itself has been rendered almost meaningless by its obligatory presence in the rhetoric of each of our main left-of-centre political leaders. It is the liberal equivalent of Theresa May’s fatuous “strong and stable” expression.feedback

Humza Yousaf

There has been interest from all around the globe and events this weekend can only serve to heighten that enthusiasm further. While motorists will see immediate benefits from the bridge being open to traffic, work is under way to ensure the location is marketed as a leading destination for tourists and locals alike.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Excitement has been building steadily in recent weeks as we have watched this hugely ambitious project near completion. It's only right that the public get the chance of an up close and personal look at this amazing structure so they can see the stunning engineering and views for themselves. Walking across the new Queensferry Crossing will be a once-in-a -lifetime experience, before it is officially opened to traffic and pedestrian access continues on the Forth Road Bridge. I look forward to joining some of the 50,000 people lucky enough to participate in this unique opportunity.feedback

Fergus Ewing

With the value of fish landed by Scottish vessels at a record high of £563 million, we need to make sure that the whole industry – whether that's skippers, harbours, boat builders or fish processors - can benefit from this food and drink success story. A more secure supply will allow processing sectors to work more closely with the catching sector to plan and deliver investment for the future, which is essential to inclusive growth in our coastal communities.feedback

Gordon Strachan

We asked them to use their energy, not just to pass. The energy had to come as well to allow more space and that is what they did.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I knew they could put in a good performance but that was near enough a complete performance. For a manager who turned into a spectator at one point - and that is what I did, because I just went 'let them go' - they made it easy for us as a coaching staff because of their performances, their bravery on the ball, their energy.feedback

Gordon Strachan

We never felt out of it. Over the last 18 months it has been changing in terms of energy. Players are playing at a high level, Celtic players are playing European football. It shows if you play at that level, your game will come on.feedback

Pauline McNeill

No one will trust the Tories to deliver these policies. Ruth Davidson talks about the worst housing crisis since World War Two, but forgets to mention it was a radical Labour government that fixed it.feedback

Ruth Davidson

So while we in the Scottish Conservatives have rightly complained that the SNP has failed to focus on the day job, we need to demonstrate our wish to set our sights on that task too.feedback

Ruth Davidson

We are already seeing some beautiful new villages and towns springing up in Scotland which have put high quality design, affordable homes, and community values at the heart of their development. That's the way to go.feedback

Ruth Davidson

The last time we had a housing crisis on this scale was in the aftermath of World War Two. Back then, politicians had the courage to act in order to get building. We now need to find the same courage to address today's needs. By acknowledging that we are not just building housing, we are in the job of creating homes, nurturing communities, and adding to the beauty of our country. By ending the right to buy we have increased the supply of affordable homes.feedback

Michael O'Leary - Ryanair

What is increasingly likely to happen is that there will be no flights. Mrs May and the Brexiteers will be trying to explain that to you in 12 months' time, why getting a car to Scotland or a ferry to Ireland are the only options on offer.feedback

Keith Brown

That is why I'm pleased that the Scottish Government will also be able to support our first new geothermal heating system in almost two decades, allowing local residents to access low carbon energy at an affordable price.feedback

Neil Findlay

I will not be putting put my name forward in this election. I wish Kezia and those who may seek to succeed her the very best for the future.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The Queensferry Crossing is a symbol of a confident, forward-looking Scotland and - as well as providing a vital transport connection for many years to come - it is a truly iconic structure and a feat of modern engineering.feedback

Leigh Griffiths

I should have scored in that game. There was a cross from the left-hand side and I should have anticipated the defender was going to miss it - but I didn't. The ball came to me and my header was like a pass back. If I was on form the chance goes in.feedback

Leigh Griffiths

You could see the joy on my face when I scored the first, and the second one was even better.feedback

Leigh Griffiths

It means a lot to me but it wasn't just that, it was the magnitude of the game. To score two goals against anybody for your country would be good but to do it against the Auld Enemy was magic. It's something I will never forget.feedback

Leigh Griffiths

After my miss against Slovenia, when I hit the bar, I thought, Is this ever going to happen? Then I hit the post two minutes later and thought, Well it's definitely not meant to be!' But then the England game obviously speaks for itself. I couldn't tell you. Whenever I'm in a bad mood, coming home from training or after a game or whatever, I'll put that on and it'll make me smile.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

Don’t bet on a Corbynite putsch – the left is a crowded marketplace in Scotland and it’s best not to make assumptions. The obvious way to read the surprise resignation of Kezia Dugdale as leader of the Scottish Labour party is to cast her as the victim of a likely putsch by forces loyal to Jeremy Corbyn. According to this view, Dugdale jumped before she was pushed, pre-empting the challenge she would have faced sooner or later as punishment for opposing Corbyn from the start – a position rendered unsustainable by the UK leader’s better-than-expected performance in June’s general election.feedback

Neil Findlay

His terminal illness forced him to identify what he really wanted from life, how to make the most of it and how to make a difference.feedback

Neil Cameron

Traffic is really bad. You would think after spending that kind of money it would run smoothly.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I'd like to thank Kezia Dugdale for her work as Scottish Labour leader and the important role she has played in rebuilding the party in Scotland. Kezia became Scottish leader at one of the most difficult times in the history of the Scottish Labour party and the party's revival is now fully under way, with six new MPs and many more to come. I want to thank Kez for her tireless service to our party and movement, and look forward to campaigning with her in future.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

I have thought long and hard about this. I care deeply about the Labour Party - I love it and I have devoted my adult life to serving it in a number of different capacities. And I have just come to the conclusion that the best thing for it, the Labour Party, this precious, precious thing that has done so much good in our country, and indeed for me, is to pass that baton on. I don't think Jeremy can unite our party and lead us into government.feedback

Gerry Hassan

If Labour is to really take advantage of a stalling SNP, Corbyn needs some policy meat on Brexit and independence. Jeremy Corbyn has been making waves in Scotland, as he has been across the entire UK. His five-day visit has raked in the coverage and crowds, and annoyed his political opponents.feedback

Aidan McGivern

It will be low humidity however and that could spark off a thunderstorm say for the Midlands or the south east of England, but you'll be unlucky if you are caught in one of them.feedback

Aidan McGivern

On bank holiday Monday...heavy rain will move into the north of England in the morning. But further south we will avoid that rain until later on, and for much of the sunshine hours southern Wales, southern England it looks like another sunny pleasant day.feedback

Aidan McGivern

This August bank holiday the weather may just redeem itself, particularly across England and Wales where we will have plenty of warm and dry weather. Showers will be further north, and actually the weekend will be book-ended by rain on Monday across Scotland and Northern Ireland.feedback

Aidan McGivern

For eastern Scotland and much of England and Wales it's another dry day, the further south you are the warmer and more sunshine there will be, with temperatures again low to mid 20s, and maybe warmer in some spots.feedback

Kiana Williamson

The police were trying to get the man out of the car, shouting. More police were arriving on the scene and the man was fighting back.feedback

Dean Haydon

Uniformed officers then confronted the driver of the vehicle and during that confrontation the driver reached for a four-foot sword that was in the passenger footwell. CS gas was used as part of the arrest and during the struggle the individual repeatedly shouted the words 'Allahu Akbar.feedback

Chris Baguley

Non-standard buildings like former police stations could prove a great opportunity for investors. Many were built to the very high standards in the Victorian or Edwardian eras and, generally, the fabric of the buildings has been really well kept. These kinds of buildings also tend to be in good locations, some close to major transport links and others attached to former court houses and in central areas of cities, towns and villages across the UK.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Invest in the future of all us. Invest in better transport systems; invest in sustainable jobs in new industries; invest in communities; invest in decent housing. You then create the virtuous circle of increasing employment in all those industries and providing a common good for all. You don't cut your way to prosperity: you improve people's lives by investing in the future. If money was found to bail out the banks then surely the money should be available to support and invest in communities all across the country.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

[If] you cut and destroy public services, they are not there for anybody later on in life. Even the very richest get heart attacks; even the very richest may get cancer; even the very richest homes might catch fire. At that point they need an ambulance service. At that point they need a hospital. At that point they need a fire service. I simply say to the Tory party, think again about the direction you're taking the country in.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I'm saying to the government: halt this closure programme, halt the closure of this centre here, don't destroy the 600 jobs that are available here that are important as an economic contributor to this town. Instead think again. Think about the role of government in supporting people. Think again about the punitive way in which you operate your regimes.feedback

Gillian Jones

The loss to this community of these jobs is going to have a huge impact. We work here, we shop here, we socialise here. We're very much part of this community and that's very much the way we want to keep it.feedback

Hamish Donald

Going hard against independence is fighting the Tories on their own ground.feedback

David Mundell

These figures from the Scottish Government are a cause for concern, and show clearly there is still much to be done to improve Scotland's economy. They also highlight the value of pooling and sharing resources around the UK. Being part of a strong UK has protected our living standards, and that's one reason the people of Scotland clearly rejected Nicola Sturgeon's plan for a second independence referendum at the election.feedback

Andrew Neil - BBC

I loved presenting Sunday Politics, it was a privilege and honour to hold the political discourse up to the light for all those years and while I will miss it greatly I am delighted to continue to work for the BBC on This Week, Daily Politics and other projects. I wish Sarah the best of luck with this challenging and wonderful production. Congratulations, Sarah. Great choice! You'll find the Sunday Politics team is the best in the business.feedback

Gavin Allen - BBC

Sarah is a proven presenter and first class political journalist who will bring an exciting and fresh perspective to Sunday Politics. Sarah's political expertise and pedigree will mean the show won't miss a beat when it returns after the summer.feedback

Gavin Allen - BBC

Andrew Neil is a gifted presenter and he put Sunday Politics firmly on the political agenda with his no-nonsense expertise and forensic interview technique. After decades of working weekends he has decided it is time to step back and hand over the reins.feedback

Andrew Neil - BBC

If you divide my pay by the number of shows I do, I'm pretty far down the pecking order. I do almost 180 programmes a year - more than almost anybody else in the political sphere. Welcome to This Week, where politics comes at a discount and even the autocue is read more cheaply than on any other news or current affairs show - unless of course it's read by a woman, in which case it'll be even cheaper than us.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I accept that Scotland's economy has challenges and [I] always have done. Yes, Scotland has a deficit and it's a deficit we want to see reduced to sustainable levels. This reflects Scotland's position under current constitutional arrangements. Of course, if Scotland is independent, getting that deficit down to sustainable levels would be the responsibility of an independent Scottish government with the challenges which are inherent in that.feedback

Graeme Roy

All countries face big fiscal challenges in terms of what will replace declining revenues in the face of rising spending pressures over the next few years. Changing the constitutional set-up doesn't alter the fact that these fiscal challenges need to be addressed by all governments in all countries. Today's figures show that a more autonomous Scotland will be forced to meet such challenges sooner rather than later.feedback

Paul Sweeney

I am optimistic about Labour coming back. If we had another week, we would have doubled the number of seats. That is why the SNP is terrified of another election. We will pick up other Glasgow seats, Lanarkshire seats and Lothian seats. I am almost certain of that.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

I do think we are seeing a revival … The party with the greatest potential to grow is the Labour party.feedback

Paul Sweeney

We were in Smithycroft Road, right in the shadow of the Bar-L [Barlinnie prison]. These lads were walking up from an off-sales on the opposite side of the road, maybe six or seven of them, with their carry-outs. They started shouting across the road.feedback

Robyn Williams

We will be uncompromising in our operations to keep our communities safe and secure. People can expect to see operational activity right up until and throughout the bank holiday weekend.feedback

Robyn Williams

Our officers have been proactive and focused on tackling serious violence and knife crime across London. Today's operation is aimed at ensuring that those who intend to cause trouble at Carnival are prohibited from doing so. We are committed to ensuring that Carnival remains a safe, vibrant and enjoyable event; troublemakers are not welcome.feedback

Heather Hancock

When you're at a barbecue, remember that most types of meat should be cooked thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. A beef burger, for example, isn't like a steak - it has bacteria present throughout. To make it safe to eat when prepared at home, it must be cooked through. Some restaurants are able to offer their customers burgers less than thoroughly cooked, but only because they have strict controls in place that are regulated and checked by enforcement officers.feedback

Ralph Porciani

From the business we have on the books so far, the pace is telling me the Trump Turnberry will have its best year of revenue in 100 years.feedback

Patrick Harvie

Trump's brand is toxic. It's bad enough that he has a business presence in Scotland. It's galling to learn that the public purse is giving him a helping hand.feedback

Lewis Macdonald

The Turnberry case highlights the unfairness of the current system and the urgent need for reform.feedback

Martin Ford

All policy changes have unintended consequences, and this is a bad one for the Scottish government.feedback

Stuart Campbell

For sucky reasons totally outwith my control (don't ask), posts on Wings will be very sparse for an unknown period. Sorry, folks.feedback

Gordon Strachan

I keep thinking about the excitement of that 15 minutes rather than a point won or two points lost. It kind of got through to the point where I thought: 'Hmm, it was definitely two points lost' It was an emotional game and it took us a wee while to get over it. For the next month it was non-stop, people telling me how it felt at the time. Even English people I know felt desperate for us, which I found hard to believe. They must have been patronising us - but they knew it was hard for us to take.feedback

Gordon Strachan

There was a plateau at Hull when he first got there and he dealt with that. He has no fear going forward. His fitness is fantastic so he can go on these runs that others might not go on because they find it difficult getting back.feedback

Gordon Strachan

It was crazy – nobody could play on that. We've got a place where we'll train, but not Kilmarnock. We just thought the travelling there and back would be too much.feedback

Gordon Strachan

There are clubs where you sign, you turn up, you play and you see how it goes, but when you are talking about teams like Liverpool you must win. I am sure he will enjoy that pressure. He has been asked questions all through his life and he has answered them. He is ready now for that top club. For the next month it was non-stop, people telling me how it felt at the time. Even English people I know felt desperate for us, which I found hard to believe. They must have been patronising us - but they knew it was hard for us to take.feedback

Gordon Strachan

The lads in the Premier League in England, or the Championship, don't really train on that at all, so we need to speak to our sports people.feedback

Gordon Strachan

It's just something that's got to be dealt with. It's more like Kilmarnock's playing surface than any others. A lot of the guys have played on artificial surfaces, so we looked about and we've found a place that we think is similar. Then you've got to decide how long you want to train on it. But the players shouldn't get too spooked at all because the actual surfaces are not that bad now - nowhere near like the days QPR and Luton Town were like cement you were playing on.feedback

Martin Bowles

Anywhere in the east, including London, won't see anything because it will just be clouded over; also Scotland and Northern Ireland.feedback

Charlie Adam

His hunger, desire and quality make him the best we have produced for years.feedback

Charlie Adam

Brendan Rodgers has done a great job with him at Celtic and the fact he loves the club is a bonus.feedback

Charlie Adam

Tierney is Scotland's best player now – he is different to anything else we have got. He is the next one who could go to a Premier League club and play regularly. He could play for a Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United without a doubt.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The word is difficult. If I could turn the clock back, what 90 years, to the establishment of my party, and choose its name all over again, I wouldn't choose the name it has got just now, I would call it something other than the Scottish National Party. Now people say why don't you change its name now? Well that would be far too complicated. Because what those of us who do support Scottish independence are all about could not be further removed from some of what you would recognise as nationalism in other parts of the world.feedback

Euan Dunn - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

The trouble is that climate change is only going to worsen. We desperately need to do something to give our seabirds a fighting chance of survival in future. The very least we can expect to achieve that is a proper census every 15 years.feedback

Euan Dunn - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

We desperately need to have an accurate assessment of what is going on, a census that will pinpoint the varying fortunes of all our colonies and which will tell us where we may need to bolster particular sites and build resilience.feedback

Euan Dunn - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Our seabird colonies, especially those in northern Scotland, are withering away. At the same time, the government has displayed a complete dereliction of duty in failing to properly track this calamity. In particular, it has ignored calls to carry out its statutory duty to organise a comprehensive national census of our seabirds, even though one is long overdue. That would at least reveal the extent of the crisis and help highlight possible solutions.feedback

Euan Dunn - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

It's a lamentable failure of government not to have given its statutory nature conservation agencies the resources necessary to carry out a coordinated comprehensive national census of our seabird colonies. Things have got much worse since then. We are supposed to have a national census every 15 years but now that is slipping towards 20 years – just at a time when populations of so many seabirds are clearly in freefall.feedback

Euan Dunn - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

For reasons that are not entirely clear – though they are almost certainly concerned with climate change – Bempton Cliffs has not suffered from the precipitous declines in seabird numbers that we see elsewhere.feedback

Euan Dunn - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

We may need to establish marine protected areas offshore or take action to rid an island of rats. But until we have the whole picture, which only a comprehensive census can provide, we cannot work out where to deploy our resources.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I have fantasies, about doing that at press conferences.feedback

Catherine Pugh

It's my intention to move forward with the removal of the statues. Among the identified cemeteries are the Washington Confederate Cemetery in Hagerstown, Maryland and the Point Lookout Confederate Commentary in Scotland, Maryland. We will inquire as to their willingness to accept the monuments and prepare agreements for the transfer.feedback

Paul Kirkland

Climate change is a double-edged sword but it's an exciting time to be in the Scottish borders. It's not just butterflies but moths and dragonflies are moving north quite quickly.feedback

Iain Cowe

It is not every day that something as special as this is found when out and about on a regular butterfly foray. It was a very ragged and worn individual found feeding on ragwort in the grassy edge of an arable field.feedback

Paul Kirkland

The white-letter hairstreak has been moving northwards on the east and west coasts through Northumberland and Cumbria. People have been monitoring its spread but it's not moving as quickly as the comma. That's due to the lack of elms but there's a fair amount of wych elm in Scotland so it could do reasonably well once it's up here.feedback

Claire Feaver

A significant amount of renewable energy will be generated by this solar farm over the next 30 years. The opportunity to continue grazing on the land, together with the habitat management plan, will maintain and enhance the diverse range of species in and around the site. I see this as a win-win.feedback

Martin Powell

The SNP Government must stand up for Scots and end this avoidable drug death carnage because the UK Government won't. Leaders in Holyrood can stop droves of young, poor and vulnerable people dying by following the advice of the UK Government's own advisers.feedback

Ian Hamilton

If you have been used to taking benzodiazepines at their usual strength and then you swap over to what are basically super-strength benzodiazepines, that can catch you out in terms of your threshold and tolerance.feedback

Martin Powell

Decriminalise drug users, introduce safer drug consumption rooms, prescribe heroin, and properly fund treatment to end the scandal of Scotland's drug death rate being over 27 times that of countries like Portugal. And longer term, to protect our communities, we will need to explore legally regulating drug supply to reduce crime, and steer people towards safer products.feedback

Maurice Frankel

There is a powerful case for access to his advocacy correspondence, full stop. We're talking about a specific policy which it turns out will financially benefit the organisation about which he is expressing those views. That says 'conflict of interest' in very large letters.feedback

Iain Gray

The pattern of communication with Teach First directly and with the Prince of Wales on their behalf can only raise questions of policy being made as a result of pressure, and these concerns must be dispelled or otherwise by disclosure of the correspondence.feedback

Roger McCormick - Lloyds Bank

It's reasonable to assume that the long-running sorry tale of payments and provisions for PPI must come to an end eventually although UK banks made additional provisions for PPI mis-selling of more than £1.5bn midway through 2017.feedback

Chris Stears

Trust in, and the trustworthiness of, the banks must surely correlate to, and be conditional on, banks' conduct costs. And persistent level of conduct cost provisioning is worrying. It remains to be seen whether or not the provisions will crystallise in 2017 [or later] and what effect this will have on the aggregated level of conduct costs. The question is at what average level will these costs settle? And, moreover, is that level acceptable to the banks, their shareholders and the public?feedback

Roger McCormick - Lloyds Bank

As has been the case since the first table, we find ourselves wondering when, if ever, the level of conduct costs will start to decrease.feedback

Neil Billany

Had Uber notified police after the first offence, it would be right to assume the second would have been prevented. The victims complained to Uber and were left 'strongly under the impression' it would tell police, but it did not do so.feedback

Kevin McKenna

Crossing social classes can be done, even in Glasgow. The tale was buried deep inside the Scottish satellite edition of a London newspaper, but it startled me all the same: “Britons afraid to talk politics with those from another class or race.” It wasn’t the revelation that we were queasy about the subject of politics that jolted me, you understand, but the casual use of the word “class”.feedback

Joe Garner

Profit performance in the first quarter remained comfortably within our strategic target range and, after allowing for one-off items, was broadly consistent with the prior period.feedback

David Lidington

There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster but I hope colleagues on all sides will appreciate that it'd be wrong of me to go into further details until we have confirmation from the police and from the House security authorities about what is going on.feedback

Mark Rowley

There might well be people out there who did have concerns about Masood but weren't sure or didn't feel comfortable for whatever reason in passing information to us.feedback

Mark Rowley

- Or, if others have encouraged, supported or directed him.feedback

David Wheldon - Royal Bank of Scotland

Inside there as well is the human truth: we're all what we have done, we're all what we will do. We're no different. We are what we do, so it was an admission of fault and an invitation to hold us to account, and our customers do exactly that.feedback

David Wheldon - Royal Bank of Scotland

We've rebuilt pride internally and that's a really important thing for us because at its heart our strategy is... (to) engage our colleagues. If we engage our colleagues and motivate them they'll service our customers well. If we do that well enough, our customers will advocate us. And there's a beautiful virtuous circle there that will lead us to number one.feedback

David Wheldon - Royal Bank of Scotland

It's certainly a stretching target because…if you look at RBS, it is still the least trusted brand in the least trusted sector.feedback

David Wheldon - Royal Bank of Scotland

RBS is probably the poster child of the financial crisis and we're well aware of the mistakes we made in the past. We're well aware of the legacy issues, but that was the bank that we once were. We're focussing on the bank we are today and the bank we want to be in the future. And what we want to be is the 'most preferred' bank.feedback

Cat Boyd

My decision to back Labour in the general election caused outrage. But I’m a socialist, not a nationalist – like thousands of others in Scotland. Roughly five years ago I co-founded the Radical Independence Campaign in Scotland. I knocked on thousands of doors, spoke at hundreds of meetings, and wrote columns for Scotland’s only pro-independence daily newspaper. But my values, like the values of radical independence, have always been socialist, not nationalist; and in the general election last June I voted for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.feedback

Roseanna Cunningham

The findings of this research are deeply concerning and will give rise to legitimate concerns that high numbers of golden eagles, and other birds of prey, continue to be killed in Scotland each year. There is every reason to believe that similar levels of persecution affect untagged golden eagles, as well as those we are able to track via satellite tags.feedback

Iain Livingstone

Police Scotland has continued to evolve and, as the report recognises, has already begun to address the issues raised in this report through the long-term strategy, Policing 2026.feedback

Liam McArthur

Police Scotland has lurched from crisis to crisis since the SNP's botched centralisation. Much of what was promised hasn't materialised.feedback

Liam Kerr

It shows clearly that the Scottish Government is expecting officers to operate with fewer resources, and creating a context in which they are not being given sufficient time to properly engage with the public.feedback

Michael Matheson

I know they will reflect further to ensure they remain well-placed to keep Scotland safe from crime, accidents and other risks of harm.feedback

Damian Green

It's hugely in the interests of people in Scotland that we do reach a successful conclusion. When we reach an agreement on where powers lie, then we will clearly have that agreement and that agreement will be public. I don't see that as a problem at all.feedback

Damian Green

Obviously there are issues on which the UK government and the Scottish government place a different emphasis. But we agreed that we need to work first of all on the principles. We agree that we want to give more powers at the end of this process to the Scottish government and the Scottish parliament and we agree that keeping free trade within the UK to enhance the prosperity in Scotland and the rest of the UK has to be a really important outcome of Brexit.feedback

Bruce Crawford

Like everyone else we want visitors to have the best experience possible but I would encourage people, who travel from around the world to see Skye, to plan ahead unless they want to spend a night in their car.feedback

Bruce Crawford

People regularly arrive at the station with nowhere to stay asking for advice and it is simply not possible for police to phone round hotels and B&Bs to try and find them accommodation.feedback

Bruce Crawford

The summer months are an incredibly busy period on Skye and this is obviously good for business but it can create problems, especially with accommodation often at a premium. I would never advise people against visiting our beautiful island but I would ask people to use common sense before travelling without booking accommodation in advance if they intend to stay overnight.feedback

Paul O'Donoghue

This is a classic example of the negative impacts that come with removing species like the lynx from an ecosystem. We're hugely excited to explore the idea of further lynx trial reintroductions here with the local community. Imagine how amazing it would be to hop on a bus in Glasgow and be in lynx habitat half an hour later.feedback

Colin Seddon

Timber is the first beaver kit we have cared for at our centre in Fishcross so it's very exciting.feedback

Colin Seddon

He will remain in our care for up to two years as this is the length of time beaver kits stay with their parents in the wild. After this they are able to find territories and partners of their own.feedback

Colin Seddon

Timber arrived into our care at only ten weeks old after being caught by a dog on what could have been one of his first times out of the lodge! At such a young age he would have still been taking milk but has moved onto solid food in our care.feedback

Colin Seddon

We'll release Timber back into the wild with the landowners permissions along with the appropriate licences once he is matured and ready.feedback

Alistair Darling

I had to go to one of these meetings of European finance ministers, and I was asked to come out and take a call from the then chairman of RBS [Tom McKillop] who said the bank was haemorrhaging money. Remember this was not only the biggest bank in the world, it was about the same size as the entire UK economy. I said to him, how long can you last? And what he said to me shook me to the core. He said, well we're going to run out of money in the early afternoon.feedback

Alistair Darling

I said to him, How long can you last?' And what he said to me shook me to the core. He said, Well we're going to run out of money in the early afternoon. In a few years' time when institutional memories start to fade, and the people around have all gone and retired, then that's where the risk occurs.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

We are working very hard to help customers detect when there are difficulties, but I think this has to be in partnership with the customer and with the bank. You can't keep blaming this on an organisation where customers don't take their own duty of care as well.feedback

Michael Russell

The Bill – as it currently stands – means that Westminster would take exclusive control over significant areas of devolved policy, such as support for Scotland's farmers and food producers and many aspects of environmental protection and control of our seas. We know that the UK government has its eye on more than 100 policy areas. That is a direct threat to the devolution settlement which the people of Scotland overwhelmingly voted for in 1997.feedback

Alistair Darling

If the plan hadn't worked, I honestly don't know where you'd have gone next, because the IMF even wasn't big enough to help out. I think the reason it worked was we did far more than people expected and we did it far more quickly than people expected - you can contrast that with what's been going on with Greece over the last few years.feedback

Alistair Darling

All countries acted together in a way that you very rarely see but it did actually contain it - although as we well know we are living with the aftermath of that financial and economic crash 10 years later and it's by no means played out.feedback

Alistair Darling

If you want to really put a firewall up, you've got to do something quite drastic.feedback

Iain Gray

The detail of today's results should also sound a warning about falls in pupils studying key subjects. A narrow curriculum is not in the interests of Scotland's pupils but we continue to see subjects drop in terms of the number of pupils sitting them.feedback

Jerry Ky

And given that the United Kingdom's Carrier Strike Group Commander and his staff are embedded on board the US carrier for Saxon Warrior shows the closeness of our relationship with the US Navy and the importance that both nations place on the delivery of the UK's Carrier Strike programme. HMS Queen Elizabeth is at the start of her journey to generate to full warfighting capability, but we are working hard to ready ourselves to take our place in operations and the line of battle alongside our closest allies.feedback

Alistair Darling

The biggest danger is complacency. And of course in a few years' time when institutional memories start to fade, and the people around have all gone and retired, then that's where the risk occurs.feedback

Alistair Sim

We are seeing consistent, sustainable progress being made, demonstrating how committed our institutions are to ensure access to university is fairer.feedback

Liz Smith

We have warned from the start this cannot come at the expense of those from other backgrounds who could now find themselves being discriminated against. These figures suggest the social engineering embarked on by the SNP is doing exactly that.feedback

Liz Smith

Today's figures show that thousands of school children have done brilliantly and worked hard to earn their results. But the fact is that, in too many cases, this is in spite of Scotland's school system, not because of it.feedback

Larry Flanagan - Educational Institute of Scotland

Scotland's teachers have again gone that extra mile to support their students' learning, despite the enormous workload pressures faced by the profession. Frankly, the goodwill of teachers has run out.feedback

John Swinney

The whole country should rightly be proud of the excellence and achievement in Scottish education demonstrated by these results. We expect to see small variations in pass rates year-on-year, which demonstrate the high standards, strength and integrity of our national qualifications. This is of paramount importance.feedback

Bill Winters

We know there is an investigation open, and it feels to us like they are exploring all the avenues, so we don't have any certainty as to when this gets resolved.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

There is a chance we may not get it done this year, but that depends on when those conversations (with the DoJ) start.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

When people are passing their iPads or laptops over with their passwords and the likes, there's got to be a care here otherwise this will just become a major issue for all and the cost will pass through.feedback

Patricia Scotland

I think that is for others to say. I've always been really focused on my career, doing what I can and allowing other people's sexism, racism and prejudice to be their problem and not mine.feedback

Patricia Scotland

It's unfair to refer to me as Baroness Brazen on a false premise that I have been profligate.feedback

Patricia Scotland

There have been times when I think, Why am I doing this?', and then I think about the 2.4bn people I am serving and that is what makes it worth it. I think it is doable. Climate change poses an existential threat to many of the small states.feedback

Patricia Scotland

We've been doing it by working with them. We've had five countries in two years that have changed laws in relation to criminalisation of homosexuality. We are working alongside countries, making an economic case for inclusion.feedback

Patricia Scotland

I was in the House of Lords for 20 years, and you get to know the brightest and best.feedback

Patricia Scotland

I've been absolutely traduced and I think there has been a campaign to do that – it is quite extraordinary. No. I am amazed they think this is a proper issue for a secretary general of an international organisation to be consumed by.feedback

Patricia Scotland

The lease states that the house has to be maintained outside and inside to the satisfaction of the landlords. A periodic review takes place before each secretary general finishes their term of practice so the last secretary general [the Indian diplomat Kamalesh Sharma], in accordance with his duty, set out what needed to be done. All that happened, with the work commissioned and signed off, before I became even a candidate.feedback

Martin Fotheringham

I would like to thank those members of the public and media who responded to our appeal for information, in particular those who assisted with searching for Mr Mouat.feedback

Martin Fotheringham

We are continuing to support Mr Mouat's family with dedicated family liaison officers and will continue to offer any assistance we can throughout this difficult time.feedback

Dave Shand

I was really angry, I just couldn't believe it. I was stunned by it. They obviously think that Aboyne and Deeside is too far away to have a geographical connection, but I've been hill-walking in Glencoe since my late teens. We don't produce huge numbers and our product is a premium product…Personally I hate bullies, so they've picked the wrong person. I'm determined to fight it.feedback

Martin Fotheringham

This is a tragic set of circumstances and our thoughts and sympathies are with the Mouat family as they come to terms with their loss. Following a review of our response to this incident, Police Scotland has referred this matter to the police investigations and review commissioner. We will provide them with all the necessary assistance and support they require during their investigation.feedback

Susan Seenan

The situation in England is in stark contrast to that in Scotland, where all those eligible receive three full cycles of NHS-funded treatment, including couples where one partner has no child. England pioneered IVF approaching 40 years ago, but that achievement literally means nothing if only those who can afford to pay for IVF benefit from it.feedback

Lindsay Calvert

It was very rewarding and a lot of fun [to be] able to experience another culture. And Scotland is such a beautiful country. The Highlands is a 45 min train ride [from Glasgow] and you can see beautiful landscapes, beautiful nature.feedback

Lindsay Calvert

For both students and parents it's important to understand the value of study abroad. There is value in the intercultural exchange and experiences that take place in another country, in another region. It's essential for students to take part in those experiences as this would benefit them personally and professionally.feedback

Melissa Cunningham

[In] most institutions in Scotland, in the first two years of study, you have the flexibility. You pick and choose different subjects in the first and second year and it's only at the end of second you decide what you want to major.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

We are doing what we said we would, growing income, reducing costs and improving returns.feedback

Andrew Bailey - Bank of England

If we put Brexit to one side, then the impact of sustained low and negative real interest rates is the biggest issue we face.feedback

Alistair Darling

When the present generation is gone, the people who were in shock, a bright spark will come along and say 'I've found a great way of making money' and there'll be nobody to say 'the last time we did that we went bust.feedback

Alistair Darling

Very few people would have thought, back in 2007, this will provoke an economic crisis that will still be under way 10 years later. Everything that's happening in the world just now – UK included – has to be seen in light of the backwash of what happened with the economic crash that followed the banking crash.feedback

Mervyn King - Bank of England

In that sense we are in a much better position, but the challenge for policymakers is not to worry about today but to worry about what happens in 20 years' time, when everyone will have forgotten about this. That's what a central bank is all about, it's an organisation with institutional memory.feedback

Adair Turner

I think the financial system is now much more resilient than what it was in 2007-08.feedback

Ross McEwan - Royal Bank of Scotland

We have to be in a position to serve our customers. We're doing what we said we would at our full-year results in February - growing income, reducing cost and improving returns for shareholders, while also starting to deliver a better service for customers. We see the first six months of this year as proof of the investment case for this bank: our path to sustainable profitability is becoming clearer and closer and we have resolved some of the most significant issues this bank faced.feedback

Francine Bates

The fact that they give a box out to every family may be a factor but we can't say that definitively.feedback

Sridevi Kalidindi

Where those relationships are not quite right, where everyone feels under a lot of pressure in terms of their own finances that's often where people can disagree.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I mean, you don't hear the word Britain anymore. It's very interesting. It's like, nope. Another referendum would be terrible. They just went through hell. What would they do with the British Open if they ever got out? They'd no longer have the British Open.feedback

Mike Kendon

Overall it hasn't been a remarkable month for weather, however when you look more locally there have been some significant events. It is uncommon for Shetland to experience more sunshine hours than Cornwall at this time of year. There is also a notable gradient between a cooler, sunnier and slightly drier than average north-west and a wetter, dull and warmer than average south-east.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have a very good relationship. I have a very good relationship with the prime minister. And we are absolutely looking to do a major trade deal. Our special relationship w/ UK is going to be even better. @USTradeRep & UK's @LiamFox met today to begin new chapter for stronger trade!feedback

Mike Kendon

There is also a notable gradient between a cooler, sunnier and slightly drier than average North West and a wetter, dull and warmer than average South East.