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Alex Salmond Reveals The White Paper For An Independent Scotland

Scottish independence is a little more likely today than it was yesterday

26 November 2013 14:53

The argument about Scottish independence which, it should be said, is not a new one is best understood in terms of the Overton Window. James Overton, an American political scientist,… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Reveals The White Paper For An Independent Scotland

Alistair Darling: the flaws in Alex Salmond’s white paper on independence

26 November 2013 13:59

Nothing has changed as a result of today’s White Paper. There is nothing that we found out today that we didn’t already know. Yesterday Alex Salmond’s case for breaking up… Continue reading

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Fishermen Sort Catch At Peterhead Harbour

Scotland's position in europe is weaker than the SNP would have you believe

26 February 2013 20:13

Nicola Sturgeon, arguably the SNP’s most effective asset at present, went to Brussels today to deliver a speech about Scotland’s future relationship with the EU. Most of it was as… Continue reading

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Scottish National Party Hold Their Annual Conference

Nicola Sturgeon is ready for her close-up - Spectator Blogs

4 December 2012 12:39

In the rabid hamster-eating-hamster world of Scottish politics Nicola Sturgeon is a rarity: a politician of obvious competence who’s respected by her peers regardless of their own political allegiances. There… Continue reading

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Barnhill on the Isle of Jura. Where Orwell wrote 1984. But you knew that.

A lesson for Alex Salmond from George Orwell

23 October 2012 13:18

I’ve written a piece for today’s Scotsman noting that there are some parallels between Scotland’s independence stushie and the pre-Iraq War rammy a decade ago. Only this time it’s the… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond speaks at the SNP annual conference. Picture: Getty

The SNP’s dismal conference

21 October 2012 20:32

The Scottish National Party conference in Perth ought to have been a festival of ideas, showcasing solutions that only be applied by independence. Instead it has reminded everyone that the… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon: We Must Kill Britain to Save Britain

6 March 2012 19:20

It is often said that the case for the United Kingdom needs to be made in a positive fashion. This is reasonable. Less remarked upon is the SNP’s cheerful use… Continue reading

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Lansley wants ‘no win, no fee’ medicine

16 October 2010 18:26

Last week, Andrew Lansley spent the weekend reassuring sceptics about his NHS commissioning reforms. He’s at it again this weekend in an interview with the Times (£). Hoping to calm… Continue reading

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