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The Matter of Scotland: Try, try and try again.

21 August 2014 11:05

PG Wodehouse, who was only the twentieth century’s greatest English-language novelist, once remarked that there existed just two ways to write: “One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music… Continue reading

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The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

English voters send a message to Scotland: we can’t go on living like this

20 August 2014 11:07

Way back in the olden days, Scottish Labour won the 1999 elections to the Scottish parliament, at least in part, on the back of the slogan Divorce is an Expensive Business.… Continue reading

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After Scotland, whither Britain? Divorce is a costly business.

14 August 2014 17:48

If, like me, you missed Andrew Neil’s BBC programme exploring What the Hell Happens to the United Kingdom if Scotland Votes for Independence Next Month you might be interested to know that… Continue reading

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The Scottish National Party And Labour Battle For Control Of Glasgow In The Local Elections

Why is the SNP endorsing Israel haters?

13 August 2014 11:46

Regular readers will have noticed that I don’t like Islamic fundamentalists. Nor — though this is perhaps less often on display — do I much like Scottish Nationalists. Not just… Continue reading

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Royal Bank Of Scotland Unveil GBP8bn Profits

Alex Salmond remains trapped in a currency quagmire with no way out in sight

11 August 2014 16:45

It has not been a happy few days for supporters of Scottish independence. It remains too soon to say whether – unusually – last week’s debate between Alistair Darling and… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond is wrong. Scotland isn’t more ‘socially just’ than the rest of Britain

9 August 2014 12:59

Alex Salmond’s suggestion that Scotland is more predisposed towards ‘social justice’ than other parts of Britain is absurd, repellent, and embarrassing. Let’s take those points in order. From the Left’s… Continue reading

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Did STV just come out in favour of the Union?

8 August 2014 18:20

STV were left red faced after the live streaming of the independence debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling broke down, which meant viewers outside Scotland were unable to watch… Continue reading

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Our Greatest Team Rises - BOA Olympic Concert

Kriss Akabusi and friends save the union

7 August 2014 13:00

Forget Alistair Darling’s debate victory. Forget the lack of Salmond’s currency ‘Plan B’. Forget the tonne of Scottish ink that savaged Salmond in print this morning (see Alex Massie in… Continue reading

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Television Debate Between Alex Salmond And Alistair Darling

Alex Salmond took a beating last night. And his supporters know it.

6 August 2014 11:36

How about those twin imposters, triumph and defeat disaster? The reaction to last night’s debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling reveals as much as anything that happened in the… Continue reading

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Television Debate Between Alex Salmond And Alistair Darling

Alex Salmond fails to land the blow he desperately needed

5 August 2014 22:58

Many people, I’m sure, will already be calling the first TV debate in Alistair Darling’s favour. That is a fair point to make but it was not quite as straightforward… Continue reading

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Scottish independence debate: Alex Salmond vs Alistair Darling – live

5 August 2014 19:38

  Welcome to tonight’s liveblog of the STV debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling. We’ll bring you rolling coverage and analysis of the exchanges. 21.50 Well, we didn’t learn… Continue reading

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The argument about Britain in Europe is just the same as the argument about Scotland in Britain

5 August 2014 10:28

I know some readers have tired of Scotland’s independence debate. That is understandable, even forgivable. It has, after all, been rumbling along for 40 years. There may only be six… Continue reading

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

Two Sober Men Fight Over A Thistle

5 August 2014 8:36

Never before have so many waited so keenly to hear Alistair Darling speak. Tonight’s the night, however, and the fate of a nation hangs upon his words. Or so some… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Speaks At Scottish Independence March And Rally

Time is running out for Alex Salmond and the Nationalists

3 August 2014 10:38

Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP deputy leader, is busy claiming that post the Glasgow games the momentum will be with the Yes side in the referendum. But this claim is contradicted… Continue reading

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Portrait of George I of Great Britain

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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