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As the Yes side rises in the polls, Scotland prepares for a Neverendum

23 April 2014 13:37

I suspect I might be one of the Scottish journalists Iain Martin considers keen to make a melodrama from the independence referendum. Ten weeks ago I warned in this magazine that… Continue reading

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A new poll shows Scotland on the brink of independence. Time for the ‘no’ side to panic

20 April 2014 11:05

Politicians always manage to take some crumbs of comfort from opinion polls but, if you are Alistair Darling, it would be difficult to find anything positive in the dramatic new poll published by… Continue reading

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Will Philip Hammond challenge the SNP’s conceits?

15 April 2014 8:51

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas has said, in the Telegraph, that the sum of the Royal Navy’s parts is not greater than its whole. Scottish independence, he says,… Continue reading

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Philip Hammond and David Mundell are odds over where Trident would stand in discussions with an independent Scotland. (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Philip Hammond and David Mundell expose lack of political grip at heart of government

14 April 2014 12:59

Was it Philip Hammond who told the Guardian that Britain would discuss a currency union with an independent Scotland? Fleet Street is asking that question after the Defence Secretary said:… Continue reading

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Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

Cabinet concern over the state of the Unionist campaign in Scotland laid bare

13 April 2014 12:32

There are only five months to go to the Scottish referendum and the Cabinet is becoming increasingly agitated about the state of the Unionist campaign. At Tuesday’s meeting there was… Continue reading

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Scottish independence: an exemplary or cautionary foreign policy Rorschach Test?

9 April 2014 15:35

The eyes of the world are upon us. Or so Scottish Nationalists like to say. Whae’s like us? There is some truth to this even if you think unseemly all… Continue reading

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Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

The Scottish Tories have a chance to make themselves relevant at last. Will they be bold enough to take it?

3 April 2014 10:02

Like everyone else, I’ve often been mean about the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party. I recall suggesting they were the worst, most useless political party in the world. Fushionless and… Continue reading

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No campaigner and object of Lib Dem bitching Alistair Darling. Image: Getty

Enough complacency. Enough bitching. The No camp needs to fight to save the Union

1 April 2014 10:14

Look up complacency in the dictionary and the chances are you will find a picture of a Scottish unionist next to it. For months – no, make that years – politicians… Continue reading

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Scottish Referendum 'Better Together' Campaigners On The Streets Of Glasgow

Without Scotland, the UK would be poorer both culturally and spiritually

31 March 2014 12:46

If Alex Salmond gets his way, this country will be rendered asunder. Once you cross the Tweed, you’ll be in a foreign land. The fact that Salmond is so keen… Continue reading

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From time to time it is necessary to execute a government minister to encourage the others. This is one such moment.

30 March 2014 11:04

Hanging. Shooting. Beheading. Defenestration. Take your pick. It doesn’t matter which method you choose but the government minister who told The Guardian’s Nick Watt that “of course” there would be a deal to be… Continue reading

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Osborne and Alexander deny Scotland could keep the pound

29 March 2014 9:48

After Nick Watt’s stunning scoop this morning on an unnamed minister saying that an independent Scotland could keep the pound after all, George Osborne and Danny Alexander have released this… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Speaks At Scottish Independence March And Rally

Alex Salmond is not a Nazi. He’s not even a Fascist.

27 March 2014 11:50

Every so often you come across an article so bizarre it forces you to re-examine long-held certainties on a subject about which you happen to be tolerably well-informed. This year… Continue reading

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It is not surprising that the polls on Scottish independence are tightening…

26 March 2014 11:53

There are some pollsters who believe nothing has changed since 2011. All the storm and blast, bluff and bluster about Scottish independence has had no impact at all. The settled… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband pushed left-wing Scots’ buttons today – but he needed to do more

21 March 2014 16:29

English Labour leaders tend to find Scottish party conferences difficult. The Scots tend to be more old-fashioned, unreconstructed and left-wing than their English colleagues which can make it difficult for English… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Ed Miliband’s speech in Scotland: Mr Pooter meets Alan Partridge

21 March 2014 16:01

Ed Miliband has just given a quite extraordinary speech. I don’t know if it was deliberately banal or merely unfortunately dull. It was certainly stupefyingly boring. The Labour leader gave… Continue reading

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Johann Lamont shows Labour’s true colours – red in tooth and claw

18 March 2014 16:45

Just occasionally in politics, the mask slips and political parties reveal what they really are – rather than what they would like us to believe they are. Today in Edinburgh… Continue reading

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Eddie Izzard’s kiss of death to Scotland

18 March 2014 12:29

Game over: Eddie Izzard has cursed the union. The comedian who once championed equal clothing rights has waded into the debate over Scottish independence, to the horror of supporters of… Continue reading

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Ruth Davidson gives the Scottish Tories grounds for hope. At last.

17 March 2014 15:31

Because I spent the weekend moving house and being depressed by events in Cardiff I did not attend the Scottish Conservative’s spring conference in Edinburgh. A dereliction of journalistic duty,… Continue reading

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Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer's 'Under the Skin' (2013). Photo: Film4/Filmnation Entertainment/Jw Films / The Kobal Collection

Under the Skin: one second of tits to every three minutes of glen

17 March 2014 10:22

‘I thought it was supposed to go on for another half hour!’ said a man in the foyer on the way out. ‘When the alien got burnt to death I thought thank… Continue reading

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David Cameron addressing the Scottish Conservative Party. Image: Getty

Did David Cameron just promise Scots devo max?

14 March 2014 16:45

Scotland will get more powers – including control over taxes – if Scots vote No in September. That was the message David Cameron took to the Scottish Conservative Party at its… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland

The British constitution has never made sense or been fair. Why expect it to do so now?

11 March 2014 9:49

Well, yes, Hamish Macdonell is correct. A coherent devo-max option could win the referendum for Unionists. Some of us, ahem, have been arguing that for years. There were, of course,… Continue reading

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A ‘no’ to Scottish independence won’t save the Union

10 March 2014 14:40

The longer the Scottish referendum campaign goes on, the more I fear for the long-term future of the Union. I suspect that the pro-Union campaign will win this September, but… Continue reading

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Does Alex Salmond want to swap rule from London for rule by OPEC?

4 March 2014 17:30

Another day, another hole blown in Alex Salmond’s case for breaking up Britain. The IFS has today published its estimates (based on the OBR’s) for Scottish oil and gas revenues,… Continue reading

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George MacDonald, Wriggle and Rosie deliver their petition to Holyrood. Image: PA

When it comes to working dogs, sometimes tail docking is the kindest option

4 March 2014 16:10

Imagine you’re a dog with a long, silky tail that you like to wag. The problem is, you spend your days running across moorland, through prickly undergrowth, which makes your… Continue reading

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Tweeting the Aurora Borealis

27 February 2014 22:32

Some people have been pointing their cameras at the night sky. The results are rather special: Eoropie in Ness, Isle of Lewis Outer Hebrides tonight Fir Chlis/Aurora pic.twitter.com/lIKqJaeCwY — AngusBMacNeilMP… Continue reading

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