UK politics


‘No’ quietly confident on campaign trail

16 September 2014 16:42

I’ve just spent a couple of hours on the Burnhill estate in Rutherglen watching a group of Labour ‘No’ campaigners knock on the doors of voters to find out how… Continue reading

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Lib Dems switch on the sunshine – and attack ‘sinister’ Yes tactics

16 September 2014 12:12

The Lib Dems have just launched the final leg of their campaign against Scottish independence, which is a poster van with Charles Kennedy’s head emblazoned across it and three of… Continue reading

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Indyref: The promise, and its problems

16 September 2014 8:18

The three Westminster leaders have made their promise. On the front page of the Daily Record, they all sign up to a vow that includes new powers for the Scottish… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s final plea to Scottish voters

15 September 2014 17:58

David Cameron has just delivered one of the best speeches of his career in Aberdeen. It was emotional, sincere, clear. The Prime Minister pleaded with Scots to stay in the… Continue reading


Please stay to build a better Britain: more Spectator readers write to Scots

14 September 2014 16:30

This week’s Spectator cover piece is written by our readers. Here are some more letters to Scottish voters, explaining why our United Kingdom should stay together. I come from the… Continue reading

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The case for Britain is being made in Scotland, now it must be made in England too

14 September 2014 11:40

At times in the last few months, it has seemed that if no one was making the case for Britain in Scotland. Too often it seemed that Better Together knew… Continue reading

Scottish Referendum Campaigning Enters The Final Stages

Latest indyref polls give mixed message

13 September 2014 20:23

Who will be relieved and reassured when they read this weekend’s polls on how Thursday’s independence referendum will go? Well, it looks like neither camp has much to celebrate as… Continue reading

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

Boris Johnson Stand For Selection As An MP

Boris selected: what’s next for the Tory leadership hopeful?

13 September 2014 10:42

Unsurprisingly, Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservatives picked Boris Johnson last night as their parliamentary candidate for the 2015 election. Boris has a 11,216 majority to defend, but that’s only the… Continue reading

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How the ‘No’ camp should react to its regained poll lead

12 September 2014 8:57

Anyone who thinks that the latest YouGov poll on Scottish independence, which shows the ‘No’ camp with a six-point lead over ‘Yes’ at 52 per cent to 48 per cent… Continue reading

David Cameron pleads with Scots to stay in the United Kingdom. Picture: PA

What would the Tory party really do if Scotland voted ‘yes’?

11 September 2014 17:46

Even when it is at peace, the Conservative party deals in hypotheticals all of which involve David Cameron being ousted in one way or another. That’s why backbenchers have been… Continue reading

Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Alex Salmond’s persecution complex

11 September 2014 14:48

Alex Salmond gave a very good speech earlier today about why Scots should vote for independence. It was full of the sort of emotion and rhetoric that the ‘No’ campaign… Continue reading

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New poll puts No ahead in the Scottish referendum campaign

10 September 2014 20:19

Tonight brings the first morale boost for the No campaign in a wee while, a Daily Record poll has them 53-47 ahead. Including don’t knows, the numbers are No 47.6%,… Continue reading

Party Leaders Campaign To Save The Union

The result of the Scottish referendum will be seismic whether yes or no

10 September 2014 17:16

It is very difficult to see how David Cameron would survive a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum. There are certainly Conservatives who are making detailed plans to oust the… Continue reading

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Cameron and Miliband have panicked well today

10 September 2014 16:34

While Westminster sent its own plea to Scottish voters, David Cameron and Ed Miliband were both making fine, impassioned speeches that both tried to scotch the SNP line that a… Continue reading

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PMQs: Harman and Hague drop the questions and give a joint speech to save the Union

10 September 2014 13:27

PMQs was an odd affair today, and not just because there was no PM. It was more that William Hague and Harriet Harman, left in charge while their respective leaders… Continue reading

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Britain gets better European Commissioner job than expected

10 September 2014 11:23

Jean-Claude Juncker clearly appreciated that high-five David Cameron gave him in Brussels recently: he’s appointed Lord Hill to a sizeable economic portfolio as the UK’s European Commissioner. The full list of… Continue reading

Former Prime Minister John Major And Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Give Evidence At The Leveson Inquiry

Indyref panic spreads to cool heads

10 September 2014 8:58

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of last minute pressure to concentrate the mind, if it produces the right sort of results. The problem is that the pressure of the… Continue reading


Westminster is definitely not panicking or cobbling together anything

9 September 2014 18:25

Here are a number of things that the Westminster parties’ response to the narrowing Scottish independence polls have definitely not been. Absolutely definitely not. 1. A cobbled-together response The three… Continue reading

Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Will this desperate last-minute tactic save the ‘No’ campaign?

9 September 2014 8:52

The Nationalists are of course right: this is a desperate last-minute tactic that the anti-independence camp never thought they’d have to dig out before 18 September. But with polls continually… Continue reading

Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland

Surprise? Gordon Brown sets out devolution timetable

8 September 2014 17:11

Is Gordon Brown going on a freelancing operation with his timetable for new powers for a Scotland that votes ‘No’? The former Prime Minister has this afternoon released the timetable… Continue reading

Scottish Labour Party Leader Johann Lamo

Alistair Darling: I’m still confident No campaign will win

8 September 2014 8:58

Alistair Darling continues to insist that he’s confident of victory in the Scottish independence campaign, telling the Today programme this morning that ‘I am confident that we will win, because… Continue reading

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People power can save the Union

7 September 2014 14:16

If Scotland does vote for separation—as the latest YouGov poll suggests it will, we’ll enter the most unpredictable political period in living memory. But before we start contemplating the consequences… Continue reading

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Shock poll: Scotland’s ‘Yes’ campaign pulls into lead. It’s 51% to 49%

6 September 2014 21:34

Tomorrow’s Sunday Times poll by YouGov puts the Yes campaign ahead at 51 per cent, with No on 49 per cent when undecided voters are excluded (even when they’re included,… Continue reading

Eric Pickles. Illustration: Ian Tovey.

The theological illiteracy of Eric Pickles

6 September 2014 18:12

It is worrying that Eric Pickles is in charge of religion for this government. I first came across his footprints in Bradford, where in the Eighties he was as much… Continue reading