There's everything to play for as Scotland counts down to May 6.
The opportunity for emerging political figures to make their mark is considerable.
Here are five political leaders from around the world who are emerging as significant talents and possible contenders for influence in 2017 and beyond.
Campaign strategist Lynton Crosby has become something of a folk-devil for sections of the British and Australian media.
Lynton Crosby is the manipulator with the Midas touch, who has a reputation for tapping into those ideas and prejudices that coarsen public life but are seemingly widely held and a ballot-box boon.
The success of Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party has profoundly disrupted the tedious pendulum movement between Left and Right.
With a steady hollowing out of membership, the cosying up to vested interests with pockets deep enough to maintain party, today's political parties barely “represent”.
Ed Miliband’s Labour Party gained a swing twice as big as the Conservatives did but lost seats, leading him to resign.
Labour, UKIP and the Greens all gained much bigger swings than the Conservatives, but were election losers. The first-past-the-post system let the Tories pick up a swag of seats with a 0.8% swing.
UKIP won 12.6% of the vote share, but only one seat – not Nigel Farage’s.
With 63% of the country not voting Tory, the result throws up its own question of legitimacy.
A new era.
The Conservative Party looks set to do even better than the surprising exit polls predicted, but the real glory in this election lies with the small parties. The SNP have virtually wiped the main parties…
Under Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish National Party has swept Scotland at Labour’s expense.
The Murdoch press strategy of supporting the Conservatives in England and the SNP in Scotland reflected a common interest in denying Labour government in the UK election.
Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party has rebounded from the referendum defeat to emerge as the likely third-biggest party and kingmaker in the UK parliament.
Last year's independence referendum failed narrowly, but the Scottish electorate has emerged as a force that may well decide who forms the next British government.
Ready to Roxburgh!
The Tories are on course to lose their only Scottish seat, and they need to pick another up. They've found a target – and ended up in a three-way battle.
The mother of all crossroads.
The only way to seize the initiative back from the SNP is to build on the Smith Commission through a new Scottish Constitutional Convention
He’s back - again.
As the Scottish Nationalists gear up for a big win on May 7, the contribution of one man is in danger of being overlooked
Wishing it doesn’t make it so.
A minority Labour administration might govern the UK despite finishing runner-up in both England and Scotland.
UK politics is no longer a political tango for two, as this party leaders’ debate illustrated.
Voters in the UK are again looking beyond the traditional two-party system and look set to put paid to a famous proposition of political science.
The nats are coming, nae need tae fret.
The Tories have been making great hay out of fears that the Scottish nationalists could cause havoc after the election. Here are three reasons why it's not worth worrying about.
The Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard. The Scottish National Party want the weapons system to be scrapped.
Nicola Sturgeon has set out her Scottish National Party's opposition to renewing Britain's nuclear deterrent. Will it cost that much?
Bennett has been invited, but Cameron still stands accused of ‘running scared’.
The debate over the debates rages on, and the broadcasters' decision to widen the field could have unexpected consequences.
A special relationship.
In my younger years, I would’ve jumped at the chance to vote Yes for Scotland’s independence, and even wrote a poem to that effect: Tree of being Roots of been Branches of to be Scotland now As Scotland…
One of Scotland’s most popular politicians.
The Scottish Parliament prides itself in the number of visitors it receives. They might hope for a sighting of the first minister, but Margo MacDonald was the member the public was keenest to actually…