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Watch: Alex Salmond’s New Statesman lecture

The video of Alex Salmond's NS lecture “Scotland’s Future in Scotland’s Hands”, delivered in Westminster on 4 March 2014.

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, gave a New Statesman lecture on 4 March 2014 entitled “Scotland’s Future in Scotland’s Hands”. The full text of the lecture is available to read here.

You can watch highlights from the lecture and the question and answer session which followed here:

Later on in the evening, NS editor Jason Cowley appeared on Newsnight Scotland to discuss the lecture:

You can also listen to the audio of both the lecture and the question and answer session here:

As part of the recent Scotland special of the magazine, Alex Salmond wrote an essay asking “Why should Scotland let itself be ruled by the Tories?”. Other contributors to the issue include Kirsty Wark, Angus Roxburgh, Helena Kennedy, Will Self, John Bew, Jack Vettriano, Andrew Marr, and Craig Ferguson.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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