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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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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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What George Osborne should learn from the Scottish ‘yes’ campaign

29 September 2014 10:50

George Osborne will give his speech in a few minutes, and we’ll analyse it straight after. But I’d like to pick up on something he said this morning on Radio… Continue reading

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Beware: Scottish Labour is a zombie party and the undead still walk

25 September 2014 12:38

David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, is not often granted much respect. He is not a natural television performer, which does not help. He is a Scottish Conservative,… 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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In praise of Alex Salmond

19 September 2014 19:38

Alex Salmond has proved himself the most effective party leader in Europe, let alone Britain. He has just run a terrifyingly effective campaign, perhaps the best I will ever witness.… Continue reading

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Reunited

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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Final polls put No ahead

17 September 2014 22:35

The last YouGov poll of the campaign, which has a far larger than usual sample size, has No ahead 52-48. The last phone poll of the campaign, a Survation effort,… Continue reading

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

Vote for Britain to be a force for good in the world. Vote to keep the Union

17 September 2014 20:36

I have been almost silent about the Scottish independence campaign. Not just because, like a lot of British people, I had assumed that this terrible matter would never have been opened… Continue reading

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Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Salmond’s biggest myth

17 September 2014 18:06

When I asked one leading SNP figure right at the start of this process how they would try and win this referendum, he told me that by the end of… Continue reading

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Two campaign styles: one from the head, one from the heart

17 September 2014 16:57

Aside from the odd angry moment, campaigning with ‘Yes’ in Kelvin this morning was very pleasant. It was also rather different from yesterday’s ‘No’ door knocking, and not just because… Continue reading

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Yes or No, the little white rose of Scotland will bloom again

17 September 2014 13:28

And so our watch is all but over. Who knows what comes tomorrow but at least and at last the final reckoning is upon us. It is choosing time and… Continue reading

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Scotland could never prosper under the SNP, because they don’t understand business

17 September 2014 12:56

No-nonsense businesspeople will be very much what’s needed in the aftermath of the Scottish Catastrophe, as it will surely come to be known whichever way the vote has fallen. No… Continue reading

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Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Is Scotland confident enough to vote No?

16 September 2014 15:07

We hold this truth to be self-evident: we are not an oppressed people. We have some liberty to chart our own course. We are, after all, choosing our path this… Continue reading

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Why bias and bullying matters to both sides in the independence debate

15 September 2014 17:36

Why, in the final few days of campaigning, are both sides in the Scottish independence referendum becoming obsessed with bullying and media bias? Shouldn’t they use their valuable airtime making… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown Canvasses For Support On The Final Full Day Of The Campaign

Who will revive Scottish Labour?

13 September 2014 12:00

George Galloway announced his support for Gordon Brown as First Minister of Scotland last night. Galloway’s endorsement came as Brown turned up at an event at Usher Hall in Edinburgh… Continue reading

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Jim Sillars’ threat of a ‘day of reckoning’ exposes the darker side of nationalism

12 September 2014 15:45

Only yesterday, Jim Sillars was being paraded by Alex Salmond as a nationalist heavyweight who has been taken back into the fold. He had once fallen out with the Alex Salmond but… Continue reading

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

Why I am voting No

9 September 2014 16:02

Once upon a time, a long while ago, I lived in Dublin. It was a time when everything seemed possible and not just because I was younger then. The country… Continue reading

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The irresponsibility of Andy Burnham

6 September 2014 12:03

Nothing matters more in British politics right now than keeping the country together. The polls in Scotland show that no one can be complacent about the result on the 18th… Continue reading

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The energetic Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy laments the ‘energy of nationalism’. Where’s the energy of unionism?

2 September 2014 23:26

“It’s part of the energy of nationalism,” sighed Jim Murphy on Newsnight. “They’re never knocked down.” He’s right, and that that is why the Scottish referendum polls show the gap… Continue reading

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Salmond finally works out how to wind up Darling

26 August 2014 18:20

One of the many blows landed by Alex Salmond during last night’s debate centred on Alistair Darling’s criticism of the Office of Budget Responsibility, set up in 2010 by George Osborne… Continue reading

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Not Tonight, Darling

26 August 2014 12:59

Well that was a gubbing. No doubt about it. Alex Salmond won last night’s debate against Alistair Darling just as thoroughly as he’d lost their first encounter. Sure, some Unionists… 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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