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Philip Hammond and David Mundell are odds over where Trident would stand in discussions with an independent Scotland. (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Philip Hammond and David Mundell expose lack of political grip at heart of government

14 April 2014 12:59

Was it Philip Hammond who told the Guardian that Britain would discuss a currency union with an independent Scotland? Fleet Street is asking that question after the Defence Secretary said:… Continue reading

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Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

Cabinet concern over the state of the Unionist campaign in Scotland laid bare

13 April 2014 12:32

There are only five months to go to the Scottish referendum and the Cabinet is becoming increasingly agitated about the state of the Unionist campaign. At Tuesday’s meeting there was… Continue reading

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SNP Leader Alex Salmond Delivers His Keynote Speech At The SNP Conference

Alex Salmond’s message to Labour supporters: vote ‘yes’ to escape the Tories

12 April 2014 17:28

When is a conference not a conference? When it’s a rally. Sitting in the hall listening to Alex Salmond this afternoon, it was hard to ignore the feeling that this… Continue reading

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Scottish independence: an exemplary or cautionary foreign policy Rorschach Test?

9 April 2014 15:35

The eyes of the world are upon us. Or so Scottish Nationalists like to say. Whae’s like us? There is some truth to this even if you think unseemly all… Continue reading

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No campaigner and object of Lib Dem bitching Alistair Darling. Image: Getty

Enough complacency. Enough bitching. The No camp needs to fight to save the Union

1 April 2014 10:14

Look up complacency in the dictionary and the chances are you will find a picture of a Scottish unionist next to it. For months – no, make that years – politicians… Continue reading

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Scottish Referendum 'Better Together' Campaigners On The Streets Of Glasgow

Without Scotland, the UK would be poorer both culturally and spiritually

31 March 2014 12:46

If Alex Salmond gets his way, this country will be rendered asunder. Once you cross the Tweed, you’ll be in a foreign land. The fact that Salmond is so keen… Continue reading

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Osborne and Alexander deny Scotland could keep the pound

29 March 2014 9:48

After Nick Watt’s stunning scoop this morning on an unnamed minister saying that an independent Scotland could keep the pound after all, George Osborne and Danny Alexander have released this… Continue reading

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Ruth Davidson gives the Scottish Tories grounds for hope. At last.

17 March 2014 15:31

Because I spent the weekend moving house and being depressed by events in Cardiff I did not attend the Scottish Conservative’s spring conference in Edinburgh. A dereliction of journalistic duty,… Continue reading

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Did David Cameron just promise Scots devo max?

14 March 2014 16:45

Scotland will get more powers – including control over taxes – if Scots vote No in September. That was the message David Cameron took to the Scottish Conservative Party at its… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland

The British constitution has never made sense or been fair. Why expect it to do so now?

11 March 2014 9:49

Well, yes, Hamish Macdonell is correct. A coherent devo-max option could win the referendum for Unionists. Some of us, ahem, have been arguing that for years. There were, of course,… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Addresses Business Leaders On Referendum Plans

Alex Salmond’s taxing realism: Scotland cannot afford socialist dreams

5 March 2014 9:59

Alex Salmond ventured south last night to lecture inform the citizens of what he termed Britain’s ‘Dark Star’ of his latest plans. You can read his New Statesman lecture here. The… Continue reading

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Does Alex Salmond want to swap rule from London for rule by OPEC?

4 March 2014 17:30

Another day, another hole blown in Alex Salmond’s case for breaking up Britain. The IFS has today published its estimates (based on the OBR’s) for Scottish oil and gas revenues,… Continue reading

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George MacDonald, Wriggle and Rosie deliver their petition to Holyrood. Image: PA

When it comes to working dogs, sometimes tail docking is the kindest option

4 March 2014 16:10

Imagine you’re a dog with a long, silky tail that you like to wag. The problem is, you spend your days running across moorland, through prickly undergrowth, which makes your… Continue reading

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How Osborne’s tactics drew Standard Life into the independence debate

28 February 2014 14:48

In politics, as in comedy, timing is everything. It is worth bearing this in mind when considering George Osborne’s ‘you can’t keep the pound’ speech and what has happened since. There… Continue reading

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Cabinets From Both UK And Scottish Governments Meet In North East Scotland

The Etonian, the SNP and the Black, Black Oil

24 February 2014 12:00

You will recall that, according to the greatest account of England’s history, every time the English thought they had solved the Irish Question, the Irish changed the Question.  Something similar… Continue reading

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Salmond attacks credibility of ‘No’ campaign threats

24 February 2014 9:01

There’s not much the Cabinet can do about accusations by the SNP that today’s visit to Aberdeen is a typical Westminster attempt to bully Scots by flying up to make… Continue reading

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Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

Who are the real bullies in the Scottish independence debate?

19 February 2014 10:27

Stewart Hosie, the SNP’s finance spokesman at Westminster, said something unwittingly revealing last night. Taking part in the latest of BBC Scotland’s referendum debates (you can catch it here), he… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Makes His Keynote Speech At The SNP Autumn Conference

Revealed: the Salmond-Osborne Tapes

17 February 2014 13:40

A recording of a conversation between Alex Salmond and George Osborne has been leaked* to The Spectator. An edited extract follows: Alex Salmond: Scotland and England are different countries. So different,… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Addresses Business Leaders On Referendum Plans

Alex Salmond attacks ‘campaign rhetoric’ with a ‘George Tax’

17 February 2014 13:26

After a couple of weeks of something frightening and bad called ‘campaign rhetoric’ from Westminster politicians, Alex Salmond today tried to reassure Scots that everything would be OK if they… Continue reading

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What is Alex Salmond’s plan for the currency now?

14 February 2014 13:05

Alex Salmond is now a man without a plan. He is offering Scots a future of uncertainty and instability. Threats of a debt default leaving Scotland and Scots with a… Continue reading

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George Osborne giving a speech on a currency union with Scotland. Photo: BBCb

Cheat sheet: George Osborne’s speech on the pound

13 February 2014 21:44

‘If Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the pound’, the Chancellor said this morning. In a speech aiming to blow a hole in the SNP’s campaign,… Continue reading

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George Osborne Underlines UK Government's Opposition To Currency Union

Osborne nixes currency union; Salmond hops around claiming it’s only a flesh wound

13 February 2014 15:08

An interesting day, then. As I suggested yesterday, George Osborne has ventured across the border on a punitive raid. Nothing like a spot of rough wooing to get you through… Continue reading

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Britain is doomed – even if Salmond loses September’s independence referendum

12 February 2014 15:48

Last Thursday’s cover story makes alarming reading, Alex Massie arguing that Alex Salmond may come close to achieving victory in September’s vote. Alex wrote: ‘It is beginning to be appreciated,… Continue reading

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George Osborne gives Alex Salmond a lesson in power politics

12 February 2014 15:26

Politics is about power. It is surprising how often this is forgotten. Power and the application of power. Sure, there’s policy too and noble aspiration and all that happy-clappy stuff… Continue reading

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Statue Of Economist Adam Smith Unveiled At Edinburgh's Royal Mile

The right-wing case for Scottish independence

29 January 2014 12:07

Chuckle not, it exists. Wealthy Nation, a new grouplet formed by the eminent historian Michael Fry, is making the case that Scotland can be an admirably prosperous little country after… Continue reading

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