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Murphy in government (left) and now (right) (Photos: UK Government, BBC)

Jim Murphy – is Scottish Labour dyeing?

30 October 2014 17:27

While watching Scottish Labour leader frontrunner Jim Murphy launch his campaign today, you might be forgiven for thinking the teetotaller has been hitting the bottle. The bottle of hair dye,… Continue reading

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A sign language interpreter signs as the former Scottish labour party leader speaks in September 2014. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Scottish Labour is in crisis; is Jim Murphy the solution?

30 October 2014 16:01

I suspect that the Scottish Labour gala dinner in Glasgow tonight won’t feel like much of a gala. The Scottish Labour party is in crisis: its leader has quit attacking… Continue reading

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Boom! Bombshell poll annihilates Labour in Scotland

30 October 2014 15:54

Grotesque. Unbelievable. Bizarre. Unprecedented. Today’s Ipsos-Mori opinion poll is the most astonishing survey of Scottish political opinion in living memory. Perhaps, even, the most remarkable survey of all time. It is, of course,… Continue reading

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Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks at Scottish Labour Conference

Meltdown! Shock poll puts Scottish Labour on 4 MPs and the SNP on 54

30 October 2014 14:23

Just to make Scottish Labour’s misery complete – and underline the case for a bold leader who likes winning things – STV have published a poll by Ipsos Mori putting… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy has what Scottish Labour needs: energy, fearlessness and the ability to win

29 October 2014 22:01

There should, by rights, have been a stampede of candidates to replace Johann Lamont as the leader of the Scottish Labour party. With the new powers promised to Holyrood, the… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy is Scottish Labour’s only hope

27 October 2014 18:06

At the risk of intruding into someone else’s calamity, if you can’t enjoy this what can you enjoy? By this I mean, of course, Scottish Labour’s meltdown. (Suggestions the party… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Takes First Minister's Questions

Alas, poor Johann Lamont: a symptom, not the cause, of Labour’s decline in Scotland

25 October 2014 11:31

It was the wee things that did it. Things like vision, inspiration, confidence and all the other details that coalesce into that strange something called leadership. There are many types… Continue reading

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A double strength headache for Miliband

25 October 2014 8:35

Johann Lamont and Tony Blair don’t have much in common. But they are both causing Ed Miliband trouble this morning.   I suspect that those close to Miliband are relieved… Continue reading

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Dublin 1912: a crowd gathers on Sackville Street (as was) for Herbert Asquith after the government introduces a bill for Irish Home Rule. Photo: Getty/Hulton.

A federal UK? Home Rule all round? We have been here before.

24 October 2014 11:48

There are fewer truly new things in politics than you think. The present constitutional uncertainty – which, it should be said, could scarcely have been avoided – is no exception.… Continue reading

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Gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, in Guékédou, Guinea in April 2014. (Photo: Seyllou, AFP/Getty)

Keep calm and address Ebola: a brief history of pandemics at The Spectator

18 October 2014 21:40

Ebola clinics in many parts of West Africa are full, so more and more people are being told to stay at home and take Paracetamol and fluids if they become… Continue reading

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

I vow to thee, my Scotland, a small number of earthly things

14 October 2014 19:42

Politics is a funny old game. I could have sworn the Yes campaign lost the Battle for Scotland in pretty decisive fashion last month. Scotland voted to remain a part… Continue reading

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Add to Miliband’s worries: Can Ukip go after Labour in Scotland?

14 October 2014 15:32

Scottish Ukip MEP David Coburn has been shouting off, as his way, about his party’s prospects north of the border in 2015. Mr Coburn is a curious character – and… Continue reading

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The SNP faithful. Image: Getty

Ukip is a disaster for Labour. And then there’s Scotland…

10 October 2014 2:40

Heywood and Middleton is a far worse result for Labour than for the Tories: we can agree on that, surely. Clacton is grim for Dave, of course, but I’m interested in… 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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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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Prime Minister David Cameron Reacts To The Scottish Referendum Decision

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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