×

Scottish independence

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

132 Comments
CGAMES-2014-BOWLS-VENUE

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

54 Comments
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

80 Comments
(Photo: Andrej Isakovic/Getty)

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

135 Comments
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

17 Comments
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

99 Comments
George Galloway speaking at the Spectator's debate on Scottish independence. Photo: Jonathon Fowler

Listen: Could this George Galloway speech save the Union?

25 June 2014 15:49

Unionists frequently lament the lack of passionate figures on the Better Together campaign, able to take on Alex Salmond. Thankfully, there is at least one such person — George Galloway.… Continue reading

287 Comments
Image: Getty

New report puts price on freedom – but we are still none the wiser

22 June 2014 21:08

You can’t put a price on freedom. Well now, it seems, you can: or rather, one senior academic has done so and his verdict? Scottish independence will cost £200 million. On… Continue reading

106 Comments
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

127 Comments

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

126 Comments
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

174 Comments
Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

Are we witnessing the strange rebirth of Conservative Scotland?

2 June 2014 14:33

Perhaps. Because when you cross the Rubicon you obliterate a line in the sand. Or something like that, anyway. Ruth Davidson was elected leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist… Continue reading

165 Comments

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

54 Comments
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

183 Comments

Five things you need to know about the Scottish independence papers

28 May 2014 22:36

Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Scottish government have been at war today. Both have released papers with conflicting predictions about whether the Scots would be better off outside of the… Continue reading

12 Comments
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

176 Comments
(Photo: AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL)

Captain Britannia: Nigel Farage is the Union’s Useful Secret Weapon

27 May 2014 11:53

Your enemy’s enemy is not necessarily your friend. That is something forgotten too easily. Nevertheless, though he may not be your friend he may, for a time at least, be… Continue reading

191 Comments
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Thirteen

Scotching a myth: Scotland is not as left-wing as you think it is

21 May 2014 11:58

Alex Salmond and David Cameron have more in common than a shared appreciation for Andy Murray’s tennis. Not, of course, that you would ever persuade either of them to admit… Continue reading

59 Comments
Image: Getty

It’s not Doublethink to support Scottish independence and Britishness

20 May 2014 17:10

I remember it well: It was in a 2008 debate on whether we should establish a ‘Britishness day’, when many of us were crammed into Westminster Hall to consider this… Continue reading

142 Comments
Barnhill, Isle of Jura, where George Orwell wrote 1984.

Scottish Nationalists have become Masters of Doublethink

19 May 2014 17:37

Let’s be fair, however, UKIP have not cornered the market in weirdness. One of the odder elements of the Scottish independence campaign is the manner in which so many Yes… Continue reading

194 Comments
A warm welcome for Nigel Farage on a campaign visit to Edinburgh. Image: PA

How a Ukip victory could hasten the break-up of the UK

19 May 2014 11:48

In a sense it could be the political version of the law of unintended consequences. There is Nigel Farage insisting that he is a British unionist, that he opposes Scottish nationalism… Continue reading

144 Comments
Better Together Leader Alistair Darling Visits Walker Precision Engineering

Alistair Darling is not being replaced as the leader of the Better Together campaign

13 May 2014 16:18

‘Utter fucking bollocks’. In case that’s not clear enough for you, the suggestion that Alistair Darling is being replaced as the head of the Better Together campaign is, as one… Continue reading

177 Comments
David Cameron delivering his speech on Scottish independence in February. Picture: Getty

It’s not up to Cameron whether he survives a ‘Yes’ vote in Scotland

8 May 2014 16:54

David Cameron may well have privately resolved that there is no cause for him to step down if Scotland votes for independence in a few months’ time, as per James… Continue reading

157 Comments
BRITAIN-POLITICS-SCOTLAND-REFERENDUM

Rising Tory, Hidden Danger: David Cameron is Doing Too Much Too Well

7 May 2014 14:45

The British economy is growing. Not before time you might say. Be that as it may, there is a breath of summer in the air after a long winter. The… Continue reading

38 Comments
The Sunday Herald becomes the first Scottish newspaper to say Yes to independence.

The Sunday Herald says ‘yes’ to Scottish independence. Which newspaper will be next?

4 May 2014 11:44

If you are going to declare a clear political affiliation, you might as well do it big. In cricketing terms, if you are going to slash at the ball, slash… Continue reading

222 Comments