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Salmond cancels first south of border appearance

3 October 2014 16:31

Alex Salmond is licking his wounds up north in the wake of his defeat in the Scottish referendum. After describing being booed by golf fans at the Ryder Cup as… Continue reading

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The Scottish Catholic bishops and the Nationalists: a scandal is coming to light

23 September 2014 19:47

Professor Tom Gallagher, a Scottish Catholic historian, wrote a post here yesterday accusing the Catholic hierarchy of Scotland of covertly supporting the Yes campaign. Now there are two pieces of… Continue reading

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The Yes movement slowly moves through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief

23 September 2014 13:38

No-one has died. No-one has been stabbed. Someone, I suppose, may have been punched. So let’s retain some sense of perspective as we consider and try to make sense of… Continue reading

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Westminster leaders must now prove they can keep their promises

21 September 2014 13:57

The Westminster party leaders have disagreed with much Alex Salmond has said recently. But it’s pretty difficult to fault the assessment of the aftermath of the referendum that he gave… Continue reading

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In praise of Alex Salmond

19 September 2014 19:38

Alex Salmond has proved himself the most effective party leader in Europe, let alone Britain. He has just run a terrifyingly effective campaign, perhaps the best I will ever witness.… Continue reading

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Podcast special: Alex Salmond’s resignation

19 September 2014 17:54

Was Alex Salmond’s resignation a surprise? And what should the SNP do now that it has lost the referendum that it fought for over so many years? In a View… Continue reading

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Scotland rejects independence – as it happened

18 September 2014 23:10

No has won the referendum. Scotland won’t become independent, but it will get new devolved powers, David Cameron promised this morning. Follow the developments on the PM’s plans to change the… Continue reading

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Spectator writers on the good, the bad and the ugly moments of the IndyRef

18 September 2014 20:04

James Forsyth Until that YouGov poll putting Yes ahead, the No camp had steered clear of making an emotional appeal. But in the aftermath of that poll, people—finally—began to speak… Continue reading

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Whoever wins Scotland’s referendum, the ‘yes’ side has emphatically won the campaign

18 September 2014 11:40

As I left Edinburgh this morning, en route to Inverness, I passed about four ‘yes’ activists cheerily wishing me good morning, asking if I have voted and would I like… Continue reading

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Salmond uses final rally to congratulate campaigners

17 September 2014 23:29

Anyone listening to Alex Salmond’s final pro-independence rally tonight in Perth might have been forgiven for thinking the ‘Yes’ campaign was in the lead in the polls. He used most… Continue reading

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Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Salmond’s biggest myth

17 September 2014 18:06

When I asked one leading SNP figure right at the start of this process how they would try and win this referendum, he told me that by the end of… Continue reading

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Yes or No, the little white rose of Scotland will bloom again

17 September 2014 13:28

And so our watch is all but over. Who knows what comes tomorrow but at least and at last the final reckoning is upon us. It is choosing time and… Continue reading

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The public voices for Scotland's no? Expats. Tory. Establishment. Posh. Why?

17 September 2014 12:34

Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I doubt I’d have had nearly so much to say. In… Continue reading

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If Scotland leave, we don’t owe them anything. But it’s no great favour if they stay

16 September 2014 14:50

I doubt I’m alone among English readers of this magazine in having felt uncomfortable with our last issue. ‘Please stay with us’ was a plea I found faintly offensive to… Continue reading

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Scottish nationalism: turning neighbours into foreigners

16 September 2014 12:59

Nationalists build walls to keep their people in and the rest out. They create ‘us’ and ‘them’. Friends and enemies. If you disagree, if you say they have no right… Continue reading

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The parallels between Alex Salmond and Vladimir Putin

16 September 2014 10:04

Alex Salmond was criticised in the spring for endorsing certain admirable qualities in Vladimir Putin. Salmond told GQ magazine that Mr. Putin had ‘restored a substantial part of Russian pride… Continue reading

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Why bias and bullying matters to both sides in the independence debate

15 September 2014 17:36

Why, in the final few days of campaigning, are both sides in the Scottish independence referendum becoming obsessed with bullying and media bias? Shouldn’t they use their valuable airtime making… Continue reading

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Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the Constitutional Crisis

12 September 2014 15:22

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

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

12 September 2014 10:04

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

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Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Alex Salmond’s persecution complex

11 September 2014 14:48

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

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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

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Pressure Increases For A Scottish Independence Referendum

Devolution has given power to politicians, not people. Independence won’t change that

9 September 2014 12:09

Gordon Brown has spoken, and the unionist parties are in agreement: if there’s a ‘no’ vote then more powers will be given – we’re told – ‘to Scotland’. There’ll be… Continue reading

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Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Spectator podcast special: Scotland’s shock poll

7 September 2014 13:39

Would you bet on Scotland staying in the union? Isabel Hardman asks Hamish Macdonell, my former Scotsman colleague, in a podcast she presented this morning. Its about a minute from… Continue reading

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The irresponsibility of Andy Burnham

6 September 2014 12:03

Nothing matters more in British politics right now than keeping the country together. The polls in Scotland show that no one can be complacent about the result on the 18th… Continue reading

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Cameron and Salmond: We shall not be moved

5 September 2014 12:21

In the past two days, both David Cameron and Alex Salmond have denied that they will step down if their side loses the Scottish independence vote. The Scotsman reports Salmond… Continue reading

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