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David Cameron’s ‘unremittingly positive’ case for the Union

24 February 2014 21:03

David Cameron says he wants the case that he makes for the Union and against Scottish independence to be ‘unremittingly positive’. Is it? In an interview with BBC News, the… Continue reading

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Cabinets From Both UK And Scottish Governments Meet In North East Scotland

The Etonian, the SNP and the Black, Black Oil

24 February 2014 12:00

You will recall that, according to the greatest account of England’s history, every time the English thought they had solved the Irish Question, the Irish changed the Question.  Something similar… Continue reading

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

Who are the real bullies in the Scottish independence debate?

19 February 2014 10:27

Stewart Hosie, the SNP’s finance spokesman at Westminster, said something unwittingly revealing last night. Taking part in the latest of BBC Scotland’s referendum debates (you can catch it here), he… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Addresses Business Leaders On Referendum Plans

Alex Salmond attacks ‘campaign rhetoric’ with a ‘George Tax’

17 February 2014 13:26

After a couple of weeks of something frightening and bad called ‘campaign rhetoric’ from Westminster politicians, Alex Salmond today tried to reassure Scots that everything would be OK if they… Continue reading

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Now Scots know: an independent Scotland won’t be Salmond’s ‘same-but-slightly-different’ vision

16 February 2014 16:50

Personally, I’m now waiting for the Queen to get involved. After all, there’s not much left of Alex Salmond’s independence-but-not-independence blueprint that is left intact. First it was his ‘we’re going… Continue reading

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Jose Manuel Barroso: “Extremely difficult, if not impossible” for a separate Scotland to join the EU

16 February 2014 14:48

Jose Manuel Barroso has said before that Scotland would have to apply separately to join the EU if it became independent. But his remarks today on the Andrew Marr Show… Continue reading

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What is Alex Salmond’s plan for the currency now?

14 February 2014 13:05

Alex Salmond is now a man without a plan. He is offering Scots a future of uncertainty and instability. Threats of a debt default leaving Scotland and Scots with a… Continue reading

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George Osborne Underlines UK Government's Opposition To Currency Union

Osborne nixes currency union; Salmond hops around claiming it’s only a flesh wound

13 February 2014 15:08

An interesting day, then. As I suggested yesterday, George Osborne has ventured across the border on a punitive raid. Nothing like a spot of rough wooing to get you through… Continue reading

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Royal Bank Of Scotland Unveil GBP8bn Profits

Westminster attack on Scottish currency union shows jitters about referendum result

12 February 2014 19:13

It might be bullying but, I suspect, it will be effective. The Tories, Labour and the Liberal Democrats ruling out Scotland sharing sterling after independence—as Nick Watt reported this morning… Continue reading

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Britain is doomed – even if Salmond loses September’s independence referendum

12 February 2014 15:48

Last Thursday’s cover story makes alarming reading, Alex Massie arguing that Alex Salmond may come close to achieving victory in September’s vote. Alex wrote: ‘It is beginning to be appreciated,… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s tricky role in the fight against Scottish independence

7 February 2014 9:24

David Cameron will tell Scots this morning that the UK wants Scotland to stay a part of the Union. That he’s giving this speech at all is being read in… Continue reading

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With friends like these the Union has no need for enemies

6 February 2014 16:44

In the cover story for this week’s edition of the magazine (subscribe, by the way!) I write that “The battle for Britain is being conducted on a wavelength which unionist… Continue reading

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Relax, you can safely ignore BP’s “warnings” about the impact of Scottish independence

4 February 2014 17:31

Why, a Tory grandee asked me recently, won’t more businesses come out against Scottish independence? It was, in his view, axiomatic that independence would be bad for businesses north and… Continue reading

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Imagine the uproar if a Tory minister proposed a “do-it-yourself” NHS?

3 February 2014 9:25

Consider these two stories. In the first the government approves new proposals to overhaul hospital outpatient care. For once there isn’t even much of a pretence that this will improve… Continue reading

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Bank Of England Cut Interest Rates To All Time Low

The Battle for Threadneedle Street

30 January 2014 16:13

I thought it obvious that Mark Carney’s trip to Scotland yesterday was a bad day for Alex Salmond and the Scottish nationalists. Sure, the governor of the Bank of England… Continue reading

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Statue Of Economist Adam Smith Unveiled At Edinburgh's Royal Mile

The right-wing case for Scottish independence

29 January 2014 12:07

Chuckle not, it exists. Wealthy Nation, a new grouplet formed by the eminent historian Michael Fry, is making the case that Scotland can be an admirably prosperous little country after… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond writes a cheque – in pounds sterling – he cannot honour

29 January 2014 9:52

As I type this, Alex Salmond and Mark Carney are chowing over porridge at Bute House, the First Minister’s official residence in Edinburgh. There is always the risk of exaggerating… Continue reading

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Poll shows Yes camp are within striking distance of victory

27 January 2014 20:00

‘It has given us a good, old-fashioned kick up the backside,’ said one member of the ‘No’ camp yesterday. He was being charitable. It could end up being an awful… Continue reading

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Europe will affect the Scots referendum, but not in the way everyone expects

17 January 2014 17:59

With William Hague in Glasgow this morning, the Scottish independence debate has swung round to Europe once again. Europe is indeed going to be important as we head towards the… Continue reading

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Statistics Suggest Poverty Is A Major Issue For Scottish Children

The SNP school Labour in politics. Again.

8 January 2014 12:20

Alex Salmond might not wish to be compared to Gordon Brown but there is one sense in which the two dominant Scottish political personalities of the age are more alike… Continue reading

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SNP turns to God for help with independence referendum

27 December 2013 11:32

It turns out that Alex Salmond needn’t worry too much about the re-emergence of that pesky row about advice on an independent Scotland’s membership of the European Union. He’s got… Continue reading

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Scottish or British? The identity debate the SNP does not want to have

23 December 2013 16:37

Earlier on today, I was asked by Angus MacNeil, a Scottish National Party MP if I would choose a Scottish or a British passport should they win the referendum. As he knows,… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

What is David Cameron for?

18 December 2013 14:45

A mischievous question, I know, but one prompted by Janan Ganesh’s latest Financial Times column. It is eight years since David Cameron became leader of the Conservative party and three and a… Continue reading

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2013 has been the year of the insurgent party

12 December 2013 17:04

When you look ahead to 2014, it is hard to escape the conclusion that two insurgent parties are making the political weather. The two big votes of the year are the… Continue reading

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

Scottish Nationalism’s Dangerous Cult of Victimhood

11 December 2013 16:11

Danny Finkelstein’s column in the Times today is characteristically elegant and incisive. In politics as in life he writes, “whatever apparent power and temptation lies with the adoption of the identity… Continue reading

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