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What about August 1714? 300 years since the Hanoverian accession

1 August 2014 15:30

The centenary of the start of the first world war is getting much more attention than the tricentenary of the accession of George I, which also falls this week. As… Continue reading

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German NSA Investigation Committee Considers Typewriters Out of Data Leak Concerns As Sales Rise

Tunes of Numpties: Scottish novelists on independence

31 July 2014 13:26

There are many ways to commission fat-headed political analysis but, in my experience, by far the easiest is to ask a novelist his (or her) opinion on the great issues… Continue reading

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What would happen to the UK if Scotland votes for independence? Photo: Getty Images.

Why won’t the Salmond / Darling debate be shown in England?

30 July 2014 16:15

The future of Britain is at stake, but you wouldn’t know it from how ITV is behaving. On Tuesday, STV will broadcast a live debate between Alex Salmond and the… Continue reading

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20th Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony

Who cares whether English commentators like or respect Scotland?

29 July 2014 15:18

Because the Commonwealth Games are a thing and because newspapers need to fill their pages every day it is natural, even unavoidable, that they have in recent days been stuffed… Continue reading

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Who knows what patriotism will feel like if Scotland becomes independent

26 July 2014 15:30

If Scotland goes independent in September, who knows what patriotism will feel like. This may be a last chance to savour some of this magazine’s most passionate expressions of British… Continue reading

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There’s no contradiction between cheering on Scotland and voting for the union

23 July 2014 16:02

In choosing this September for the Scottish referendum on independence, the SNP was presumably hoping Scots voters would be basking in the glory of a successful Commonwealth Games. There is… Continue reading

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The political implications of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

23 July 2014 13:01

Several people have asked me to write something about the politics and potential implications of the Commonwealth Games which open tonight in Glasgow. As is sometimes the case, I am… Continue reading

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

A game of loyalties: the Scottish independence debate is about belonging, not policy

23 July 2014 12:07

It’s less than two months until the referendum on Scottish independence. Two months to decide the future of two (or, if you prefer, four) countries. No pressure and it’s not… Continue reading

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The SNP might not realise it, but in sport, there’s a difference between patriotism and nationalism

23 July 2014 8:30

The BBC should probably think about issuing a public warning before it starts broadcasting the Commonwealth Games from Glasgow tonight. Something along the lines of ‘viewers of a nervous disposition… Continue reading

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Today’s poll shows Alex Salmond running out of time

13 July 2014 11:07

There really isn’t much time left. From today, there are just nine and a half weeks until we go to the polls in the independence referendum. Also today, we have… Continue reading

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Members of Team Scotland pose in their opening ceremony uniforms. Image: PA

Team Scotland’s Commonwealth Games uniforms are a headache waiting to happen

8 July 2014 16:37

If you want a laugh, and I suspect you do, take a look at the Team Scotland parade uniform for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. It’s awful. A kilt that… Continue reading

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A disunited kingdom would be a mess – it needs to be kept together

3 July 2014 17:46

If Scotland did leave, it would be a disaster for the rump UK that would be left behind, I argue in the magazine this week. We would go from Great… Continue reading

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What would happen to the UK if Scotland votes for independence? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: The UK without Scotland, assisted dying and modern slavery

3 July 2014 8:42

How would the rest of the United Kingdom cope without Scotland? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth discusses his Spectator cover feature with Fraser Nelson and Eddie… Continue reading

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Crisis Talks Continue At The BBC Following The Resignation Of Director General George Entwistle Over The Newsnight Scandal

Yes, of course the BBC is biased against Scottish Nationalists

30 June 2014 14:35

There are many reasons for this but let’s begin with the first and simplest: it is the British Broadcasting Corporation. Who could have imagined that an organisation that, rightly or not, sees… Continue reading

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George Galloway in full flow last night, proposing the motion that independence is the greatest threat to Edinburgh. Photo: Jonathon Fowler

Spectator debate: Independence is the greatest threat to Edinburgh

25 June 2014 12:51

Listen: listen to ‘Spectator debate: independence is the greatest threat to Edinburgh’ on Audioboo A kicking. A good, old-fashioned, brutal Glasgow-kissing thrashing. Last night’s Spectator debate on Scottish independence, held… Continue reading

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Was this George Osborne in disguise? A Scot celebrates with the Uruguay team.

Why England’s World Cup elimination will help save the union with Scotland

20 June 2014 21:58

So England are out the World Cup; the Three Lions rolled over – and we can expect plenty more gloomy Anglo introspection about failings over the coming days. But Alex… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland

Scaremongering and smearing: just another day in the Scottish referendum campaign.

17 June 2014 19:50

I was surprised to discover this morning that Gordon Brown last night suggested the Scottish education system should be abolished and replaced by a new pan-UK curriculum and examination system.… Continue reading

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The shocking, secret truth about Scotland’s independence debate: it is civilised.

12 June 2014 15:42

BREAKING: The night is dark and full of nutters. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been writing on the internet for nearly a decade now that this neither astonishes nor appals me.… Continue reading

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Tam Dalyell, who raised the West Lothian question in a debate in the House of Commons in 1977. Image: Getty

The UK will have constitutional change – and it must address the English question

12 June 2014 15:10

If Scotland votes No on September 18th, it won’t be the end of the matter. The Unionist campaign and all three Westminster parties have all promised that more powers will… Continue reading

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Salmond, cybernats and a row that could be one of the key moments of the independence referendum campaign

11 June 2014 16:00

All through this referendum campaign, there have been two battles: one has been in the open. This has generally been courteous and respectful. But the other battle has been hidden… Continue reading

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Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Who will fill a coward’s grave? 100 Days to decide Scotland’s future

10 June 2014 14:24

In the new Scotland people may be able to count. Until then we will endure nonsense like yesterday’s hoopla claiming there were 100 days until the referendum when there were,… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservatives

The Tories’ tax pledge could see them recover in Scotland

2 June 2014 18:16

Today’s announcement that the UK Tory party is backing the full devolution of income tax to Holyrood, and will commit to that in its 2015 manifesto, is hugely significant. It… Continue reading

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Oh Scotland! You’ve really let yourself down. You should be ashamed.

30 May 2014 13:41

Lord, grant me strength. And serenity. Further evidence emerges that supporters of Scottish independence are losing their minds. Yesterday Iain Macwhirter was in full Can we no do anything right? mode; today… Continue reading

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Glasgow's finest: Rab C Nesbitt

What’s the matter with Scotland? It’s full of Scottish people.

29 May 2014 10:54

Here’s the thing many people misunderstand about Scotland’s referendum on independence: it isn’t really very much to do with England. When someone starts chuntering on about Braveheart and Bannockburn you know you’re… Continue reading

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

Scottish Independence: The Cost of Living Like This

28 May 2014 13:40

Yippee! The number-crunching boffins are at war again. The UK and Scottish governments have today released rival forecasts for life in an independent Scotland. It will not surprise you that… Continue reading

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