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Cameron’s risky move could play into Salmond’s hands

16 February 2012 19:22

Not many politicians would conjure up the spectre of Alec Douglas-Home to scare the Prime Minister, but that is exactly what Alex Salmond did today — to some effect. The… Continue reading

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David Cameron Abandons The Tory Diehards

16 February 2012 17:46

David Cameron’s apparent willingness to contemplate greater devolution after an independence referendum (pithily summarised by one SNP MSP as: Vote no to cake today so I might give you some… Continue reading

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David Cameron Opens the Door to Devo-Max

16 February 2012 13:53

At this moment, I dare say industrious hacks are searching for politicians to condemn David Cameron for "selling the jerseys" on the question of further powers for the Scottish parliament… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond, Supply-Sider?

16 February 2012 13:01

Today’s Chat With Dave is all very well and good but Alex Salmond’s speech to the LSE last night was just as significant. Much of the wrangling about Scottish independence… Continue reading

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Westminster’s attention heads north again

11 February 2012 16:24

The debate over the referendum on Scottish independence will take centre stage next week. Michael Moore, the Scottish Secretary, will see Alex Salmond in Edinburgh on Monday and then Cameron… Continue reading

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Scottish Labour Embrace the Logic of Independence

8 February 2012 22:51

One of the problems with the Scottish parliament is that all gathered there must pretend it is more influential and vital than it really is. In fact, as has been… Continue reading

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Mike Russell and the Mythical Anti-Scottish Conspiracy

3 February 2012 15:12

Mike Russell is a genial chap who, most of the time, is not much of a fool. Most of the time is not all the time, however, and this week… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond’s problems with women (and the wealthy and the old)

2 February 2012 15:45

Like the Peat Worrier and Kate Higgins, I think the headline figures on polls asking Scots whether they fancy independence or the Union are much less interesting than the numbers… Continue reading

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What difference the Scottish independence question makes

2 February 2012 11:39

A very useful contribution from Lord Ashcroft this morning, in the form of a poll he’s commissioned on Scottish independence. What sets Ashcroft’s poll apart from previous surveys is that… Continue reading

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Freedom for Shetland!

31 January 2012 18:20

If Scotland can claim independence — and a ‘geographical share’ of the oil regardless of population — then why can’t Orkney & Shetland? It’s the Up Helly Aa festival in… Continue reading

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A poll to darken Salmond’s day

31 January 2012 12:25

It looks like Fraser was right to question Vision Critical’s recent Scottish independence poll. That poll surveyed just 180 Scots and found 51 per cent saying they would vote ‘Yes’… Continue reading

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Scotland: A Land Where Conservative Principles Die

30 January 2012 22:31

For some time now we have been told – by the editor of this magazine among other, less distinguished, commentators – that David Cameron and the Downing Street machine view… Continue reading

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Can Home Rule Solve Scotland’s Problems?

30 January 2012 16:10

This is not a Question To Which the Answer Must Be No. I too saw the headline Now 51% Back Independence and thought, "Well, that’s interesting but implausible". Then I… Continue reading

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A skewed response to a skewed question

29 January 2012 16:24

‘A clear majority of people in Scotland now back independence, according to an exclusive poll for the Sunday Express. Using Alex Salmond’s preferred referendum question, the Vision Critical survey found… Continue reading

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How Sound is Salmond’s Scottish Pound?

26 January 2012 16:20

One of the more tiresome aspects of the SNP’s vision for the future of Scotland is its fondness for breezily sweeping away awkward questions as though important elements of Scotland’s… Continue reading

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Salmond lays the ground for his referendum

25 January 2012 20:38

So now we have it: the ten words which Alex Salmond hopes will end Scotland’s 300-year-old membership of the United Kingdom. ‘Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond’s Inevitability Strategy

25 January 2012 17:04

Apparently it is all but compulsory for London-based observers to note that Alex Salmond is "wily". Those possessing an Anglo-Scots dictionary may add that he’s "sleekit". By this they really… Continue reading

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Salmond: Scotland Free By 2016?

25 January 2012 16:16

So, the game is afoot. The Scottish government today published its consultation document on an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2014. You can read it all… Continue reading

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Salmond’s dangerous strategy

24 January 2012 13:00

Cartoonists like to portray Alex Salmond as a modern-day Braveheart preparing to charge the English enemy. But, in truth, Salmond’s strategy is far more subtle — and dangerous — than… Continue reading

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The John Wilkes Society is Reborn

18 January 2012 5:53

John Wilkes was radical and wrong; his latter-day equivalents are merely stupid and wrong. To buttress this notion, I submit the cases* of Simon Heffer and Melanie Phillips. We are… Continue reading

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Scottish independence by numbers

16 January 2012 19:34

It’s far from the first poll on Scottish independence in recent years, or even in recent days, but YouGov’s effort for Channel4 this evening contains some noteworthy findings nonetheless. What… Continue reading

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A joke too far?

16 January 2012 17:01

Tom Harris lost his job as Labour’s ‘Twitter tsar’ today after uploading this Salmond-themed Downfall video onto YouTube. A pity it’s not even one of the funnier ones: And here… Continue reading

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From the archives: Saving the Union

13 January 2012 19:01

With Scottish independence very much the issue of the week, we thought you might enjoy this Spectator leader from 1979, arguing for a ‘No’ vote in that year’s referendum on… Continue reading

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The Pound, the Euro and Other Scottish Pink Herrings

13 January 2012 17:27

The crisis in euroland continues unstaunched and, perhaps, irrevocably. Naturally, being self-obsessed sorts and this being the week it is, one is drawn to consider the impact this must have… Continue reading

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Transcript: Gove on sacking teachers

13 January 2012 12:03

This morning, the Education Secretary went on the Today programme to explain his plans to make it easier to sack teachers. Here’s the full transcript: James Naughtie: From the start… Continue reading

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