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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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Goldman Sachs Introduce £1m Salary Cap

A choice for Tories: Goldman Sachs or UKIP?

4 December 2013 21:21

Hats-off to James Kirkup for noticing that Goldman Sachs have suggested they would “drastically” cut their UK workforce (and operations) should Britain decide to leave the European Union. That is the view… Continue reading

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British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alis

Tory attacks on Alistair Darling show that WMD Unionism is MAD

4 December 2013 12:33

I don’t really understand why politicians spend so much time talking to journalists. Most of the time little good can come from doing so. Of course, from a personal or… Continue reading

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The SNP risks making the same mistakes as the 'Yes to AV' campaign. Picture: PA

Salmond is stuck in the ‘Yes2AV’ trap

26 November 2013 21:27

‘When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another’, the best way of going about… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Reveals The White Paper For An Independent Scotland

Scottish independence is a little more likely today than it was yesterday

26 November 2013 14:53

The argument about Scottish independence which, it should be said, is not a new one is best understood in terms of the Overton Window. James Overton, an American political scientist,… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Reveals The White Paper For An Independent Scotland

Alistair Darling: the flaws in Alex Salmond’s white paper on independence

26 November 2013 13:59

Nothing has changed as a result of today’s White Paper. There is nothing that we found out today that we didn’t already know. Yesterday Alex Salmond’s case for breaking up… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Reveals The White Paper For An Independent Scotland

A funny argument for independence

26 November 2013 11:56

Is today’s Scottish independence White Paper really an argument for independence? I ask only because the section on currency and monetary policy is essentially arguing for the union. It says:… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Makes His Keynote Speech At The SNP Autumn Conference

Detail vs emotion in the Scottish independence debate

26 November 2013 8:04

The Scottish government will unveil its case for independence at 10am today. Already the Treasury is warning that voting ‘yes’ next autumn would cost the average basic rate tax payer… Continue reading

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Mayor Boris Johnson Participates In St George's Day Celebrations

Is Boris Johnson the Man to Save the Union?

25 November 2013 13:27

This is not as obviously a Question to Which the Answer is No as it may initially seem. The Mayor of London is, in fact, well-placed to play a significant part… Continue reading

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Pressure Increases For A Scottish Independence Referendum

An Age of Tartan Austerity looms after Scottish Independence. There are worse fates than that.

18 November 2013 15:53

The first thing to be said about the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ latest assessment of an independent Scotland’s long-term fiscal well-being is that the IFS’s assessments of the UK’s long-term… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Makes His Keynote Speech At The SNP Autumn Conference

Scottish independence: the Union is endangered by premature and misguided complacency

15 November 2013 16:48

Somehow I managed to miss Iain Martin’s praise for the manner in which David Cameron has “handled” the referendum on Scottish independence. Happily, John Rentoul has prompted me to take… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Makes His Keynote Speech At The SNP Autumn Conference

One Great Thing gets embarrassing for the Yes campaign in Scotland

15 November 2013 16:47

Big Country’s song ‘One Great Thing’ is an anthem for the Scottish Yes campaign: it was soaring in the background during an item recorded at a ‘Yes’ rally on the… Continue reading

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New Naval Ship Launch In Glasgow

I see no ships (on the Clyde)

6 November 2013 10:32

The sorry truth of the matter is that Glasgow has been in decline for a century. 1913 was the city’s greatest year. Then it produced a third of the railway… Continue reading

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Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Theresa May’s grubby little warning: an independent Scotland will be out in the cold

29 October 2013 18:10

It is a good thing that government ministers come to Scotland sometimes. It is a bad thing that they insist on opening their mouths when they do. Earlier this year… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond Speaks At Scottish Independence March And Rally

Life after Scottish Independence: lower taxes, lower spending, no free lunches

29 October 2013 8:40

Every so often a report is published that cheers you up. Not because it contains any particularly good news but simply – that is to say, selfishly – because it… Continue reading

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Closure Of The Grangemouth Petrochemical Plant Announced

PMQs silence on Grangemouth benefits SNP

23 October 2013 13:07

Ed Davey is currently answering an urgent question in the Commons on the Grangemouth petrochemical plant. He urged Ineos and Unite to return to talks, describing the failure of the… Continue reading

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Blackpool's Shale Gas Drilling Begins

Why won’t the SNP embrace the shale gas revolution?

11 October 2013 10:08

One of the odder elements of the current energy debate at present is that the political party that spends the most time talking about energy – that’s the SNP by… Continue reading

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Some of the ministers who are in or out in today's reshuffle.

Small Reshuffle in Britain; Not Many Dead

7 October 2013 14:56

First things first: a reshuffle in which only one cabinet minister is sacked redeployed is a reshuffle in name only. It means the action – if you can call it… Continue reading

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