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Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the Constitutional Crisis

12 September 2014 15:22
'Britishness has always been a mutable concept'

We all know the referendum is a big deal, but what can we actually say? None of us has much of an idea how the constitution might change after Thursday’s… Continue reading


Ian Paisley’s private kingdom

12 September 2014 14:54
Ian Paisley (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

This is an extract from the The Spectator, 13 August 1982: One summer’s evening, I went for a stroll by the shores of Lough Erne, just outside the city of… Continue reading


A new poll shows the Scots referendum is going right to the wire

12 September 2014 13:27
Image: Getty

ICM’s poll has ‘no’ ahead, but only just– it’s 51-49. The ICM poll is a telephone one so both phone and internet polls are now showing ‘no’ narrowly ahead but the race too close… Continue reading


How Scotland’s ‘yes’ side mastered the art of mob politics

12 September 2014 12:08
Jim Murphy meets the mob. Photo: Getty

While distributing free Spectators in Glasgow yesterday, I came across a Labour rally and ended up standing about two metres away from Ed Miliband as he gave his speech. But no… Continue reading


The young (and the English) have restored Scotland’s ‘no’ lead

12 September 2014 10:04
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No unionist should breathe easily after last night’s YouGov poll putting the ‘no’ team on a six-point lead. The race remains too close to call. And the poll also suggests a… Continue reading


How the ‘No’ camp should react to its regained poll lead

12 September 2014 8:57
The Saltire flies over Downing Street. Picture: PA

Anyone who thinks that the latest YouGov poll on Scottish independence, which shows the ‘No’ camp with a six-point lead over ‘Yes’ at 52 per cent to 48 per cent… Continue reading


In Palestine, homosexuality is a capital offence. Does Peter Tatchell not realise this?

11 September 2014 19:01
Peter Tatchell (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Peter Tatchell has been awarded an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths University for ’47 years of LGBTI activism’ and campaigning. I’m not sure I agree with these baubles, but if anyone… Continue reading


What would the Tory party really do if Scotland voted ‘yes’?

11 September 2014 17:46
David Cameron pleads with Scots to stay in the United Kingdom. Picture: PA

Even when it is at peace, the Conservative party deals in hypotheticals all of which involve David Cameron being ousted in one way or another. That’s why backbenchers have been… Continue reading


Unionists must prepare for a second vote on Scottish independence

11 September 2014 15:50
Image: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Tonight will bring another YouGov poll on the Scottish referendum and this may change the mood again. But right now, the pro-Union side is in far better cheer than it… Continue reading


Alex Salmond’s persecution complex

11 September 2014 14:48
Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Alex Salmond gave a very good speech earlier today about why Scots should vote for independence. It was full of the sort of emotion and rhetoric that the ‘No’ campaign… Continue reading


The genius of Jean-Claude Juncker

11 September 2014 14:27
European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker. Image: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

For all of the protestations about Jean Claude Juncker’s unsuitability for what is, ultimately, the EU’s top job (sorry, Angela Merkel), the unveiling of his new Commission yesterday has confirmed his reputation… Continue reading


Podcast: Stay with us, Scotland!

11 September 2014 10:34

With only seven days to go until the referendum, urgent action is needed to help save the Union. In this week’s issue, we asked Spectator readers to write to Scottish… Continue reading


Stay, Scotland – the Spectator readers’ message

10 September 2014 23:20

I’ve just arrived in Edinburgh, where I’ll be handing out copies of the new magazine on Princes St from 8am tomorrow morning (helped by two readers, who kindly answered my appeal… Continue reading


New poll puts No ahead in the Scottish referendum campaign

10 September 2014 20:19
The Saltire flies over Downing Street. Picture: PA

Tonight brings the first morale boost for the No campaign in a wee while, a Daily Record poll has them 53-47 ahead. Including don’t knows, the numbers are No 47.6%,… Continue reading


The result of the Scottish referendum will be seismic whether yes or no

10 September 2014 17:16
Party Leaders Campaign To Save The Union

It is very difficult to see how David Cameron would survive a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum. There are certainly Conservatives who are making detailed plans to oust the… Continue reading


The row over Bercow’s clerk choice rumbles on…

10 September 2014 17:12

A little later today, MPs will move from discussing ‘Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security’, a debate title that shows how dreadful the international scene is at the moment,… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Strange allies and a fake truce makes for weird times in Westminster

10 September 2014 16:36
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Weird times in Westminster. PMQs was downgraded today so that the evening news wouldn’t carry pictures of a remote House of Commons debating the referendum in a complacent and uncaring… Continue reading


Cameron and Miliband have panicked well today

10 September 2014 16:34
Ed Miliband speaking today. Picture: Getty

While Westminster sent its own plea to Scottish voters, David Cameron and Ed Miliband were both making fine, impassioned speeches that both tried to scotch the SNP line that a… Continue reading


PMQs: Harman and Hague drop the questions and give a joint speech to save the Union

10 September 2014 13:27
PMQs with hague and harman

PMQs was an odd affair today, and not just because there was no PM. It was more that William Hague and Harriet Harman, left in charge while their respective leaders… Continue reading


Britain gets better European Commissioner job than expected

10 September 2014 11:23
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Jean-Claude Juncker clearly appreciated that high-five David Cameron gave him in Brussels recently: he’s appointed Lord Hill to a sizeable economic portfolio as the UK’s European Commissioner. The full list of… Continue reading


Indyref panic spreads to cool heads

10 September 2014 8:58
Former Prime Minister John Major And Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Give Evidence At The Leveson Inquiry

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of last minute pressure to concentrate the mind, if it produces the right sort of results. The problem is that the pressure of the… Continue reading


Westminster is definitely not panicking or cobbling together anything

9 September 2014 18:25

Here are a number of things that the Westminster parties’ response to the narrowing Scottish independence polls have definitely not been. Absolutely definitely not. 1. A cobbled-together response The three… Continue reading


Why I am voting No

9 September 2014 16:02
Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

Once upon a time, a long while ago, I lived in Dublin. It was a time when everything seemed possible and not just because I was younger then. The country… Continue reading


Could homosexuality split the Catholic Church?

9 September 2014 15:53
Cardinal Dolan reaches out to gay groups. Image: Getty

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the ebullient Archbishop of New York, has welcomed the ‘wise decision’ by organisers of the city’s St Patrick’s Day parade to lift their ban on gay groups marching… Continue reading


Cameron, Clegg and Miliband head to Scotland to make the case for the Union

9 September 2014 12:41
Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are combining forces and heading to Scotland tomorrow to make the case for the UK. Here’s their joint statement: ‘There is a lot… Continue reading