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The Scottish Church showed little statesmanship or common sense during the referendum

22 September 2014 11:25

A few hours after the final result of the Scottish referendum was announced, I visited the cemetery at Cille Bharra on the Outer Hebridean island of Barra. It’s the burial… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Meets Newly Appointed Leader Of The Conservatives In Scotland Ruth Davidson

Have the Scottish Tories been detoxified?

20 September 2014 12:15

The referendum campaign was a mixed experience for the Scottish Tories. On the one hand, it was a reminder of how much they are still hated in Scotland: End Tory… Continue reading

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Scotland Decides - The Result Of the Scottish Referendum On Independence Is Announced

With malice toward none and with charity towards all, now the real work begins

19 September 2014 12:07

Relief, actually. Not joy. A battle won is better than a battle lost but still an exhausting, bloody, business. There is no need to bayonet the wounded. It would, in… Continue reading

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Cameron reacts to the result of the Scottish referendum. Image: Getty

David Cameron’s statement to the nation on devolution

19 September 2014 7:51

Here’s the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech this morning in reaction to the ‘No’ vote in the Scottish independence referendum.  listen to ‘David Cameron's statement on devolution’ on… 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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Bob Geldof tries to keep the Union together (Photo: Getty)

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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Scottish independence referendum results: what to expect

18 September 2014 19:48

Coffee House is ready to cover the independence referendum results, and we’ll be bringing you news and analysis throughout the night. Isabel Hardman, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson will be blogging –… Continue reading

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Even if it’s a No vote, the fall out will be very complicated

18 September 2014 18:49

The most startling development over the past few days has not only been the narrowing of the polls but the consequential commitment of the three UK party leaders to Gordon… 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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Alasdair Gray: 'You can only learn to govern yourself by doing it'

A No vote will create a schism between the voters of Scotland and its artists and writers

18 September 2014 10:37

With the Scottish independence referendum drawing closer, two Newsweek Europe magazine correspondents and friends – Finlay Young (Scotsman), and Simon Akam (Englishman) – travelled the length of the United Kingdom… Continue reading

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Argyll And Southern Highlanders Home Coming Parade

Podcast: Campaign errors, Scotland turns its back and Anglican wars over women bishops

18 September 2014 8:30

Scotland goes to the polls today, but whichever way the vote goes, it’s clear who lost the campaign: ‘No’ was outsmarted at every stage of the referendum battle. But how… Continue reading

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The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Final polls put No ahead

17 September 2014 22:35

The last YouGov poll of the campaign, which has a far larger than usual sample size, has No ahead 52-48. The last phone poll of the campaign, a Survation effort,… Continue reading

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Ravenscraig Steel Works - shortly before it closed in the mid-1990s (Elliott Simpson) / (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Scottish jobs miracle is an argument for Union, not independence

17 September 2014 19:09

One of the more bizarre aspects of the Scottish independence debate is the idea that UK welfare reform somehow doesn’t fit Scotland. On the contrary, it was designed for Glasgow… 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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Two campaign styles: one from the head, one from the heart

17 September 2014 16:57

Aside from the odd angry moment, campaigning with ‘Yes’ in Kelvin this morning was very pleasant. It was also rather different from yesterday’s ‘No’ door knocking, and not just because… 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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Michelle Mone (Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty)

Scotland could never prosper under the SNP, because they don’t understand business

17 September 2014 12:56

No-nonsense businesspeople will be very much what’s needed in the aftermath of the Scottish Catastrophe, as it will surely come to be known whichever way the vote has fallen. No… 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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To my dear country... (Photo: Getty)

David Cameron’s draft resignation letter in the event of a Yes vote

17 September 2014 8:00

As told to Jonathan Foreman… To my fellow citizens I would like to apologise for the role I have played in the dismantling of the United Kingdom. I am sure… Continue reading

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Sean Connery in Washington DC before receiving the Wallace Award from the American Scottish Foundation. Image: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images

A 90-day patriot

16 September 2014 17:33

One question before the independence vote on Thursday is where is the SNP’s most famous celebrity supporter? You might expect Sean Connery to be out rousing the faithful but so… Continue reading

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Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Is Scotland confident enough to vote No?

16 September 2014 15:07

We hold this truth to be self-evident: we are not an oppressed people. We have some liberty to chart our own course. We are, after all, choosing our path this… Continue reading

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Should you stay or should you go? (Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty)

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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Yes Scotland are running a sneaky campaign

16 September 2014 13:04

Here’s a clever poster from the ‘Yes’ campaign. It was handed to me by an activist outside Glasgow Central Station who was asking people if they wanted ‘more information for… 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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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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