Devolution

Brexit poses fresh problems for Welsh devolution

17 September 2017 10:00

Twenty years ago Wales (barely) said Yes to devolution. Despite a Welsh Assembly being supported by the wildly popular new…

Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit charade continues

24 January 2017 15:52

With the predictability of an atomic clock, Nicola Sturgeon has come out today condemning the Supreme Court which has reminded her…

David Cameron is going to have to give the SNP what it wants

15 February 2016 18:39

All Westminster might be agog with the latest shenanigans vis-a-vis the got-to-happen-at-some-point EU referendum but most sentient folk in this…

George Osborne is outmanoeuvring Labour with his devolution revolution

15 December 2015 13:42

George Osborne has been busily signing more devolution deals today, with five pilot schemes moving power over health policy and…

Has Ed Miliband got something clever up his sleeve?

7 May 2015 18:42

How will Ed Miliband manage tomorrow if Labour does end up the second largest party but with a viable ‘anti-Tory…

Gordon Brown laments the ‘constitutional revolution’ of his own making

26 March 2015 19:17

Given that Gordon Brown has hardly been seen in the Commons since losing power five years ago, it was a…

Who paid for that?

1 March 2015 16:16

One of the things that even its critics, such as myself, have to concede that the European Union has been…

Hague’s attempt to resolve West Lothian raises even more questions

3 February 2015 17:14

It doesn’t seem that William Hague has offered a decisive answer to the West Lothian question today. Indeed, judging by…

UK and Scottish governments already at each other’s throats over extra devolution

22 January 2015 15:25

It didn’t take long. In fact, the tweet from Nicola Sturgeon appeared soon after Alistair Carmichael had started speaking this…

Will the Smith Commission proposals help or destroy the UK?

27 November 2014 10:55

The phrase ‘Britain will never be the same again’ is overused. But today its use is justified. The Smith Commission…

A double strength headache for Miliband

25 October 2014 8:35

Johann Lamont and Tony Blair don’t have much in common. But they are both causing Ed Miliband trouble this morning.…

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…

Can the Game of Thrones option save the UK?

25 September 2014 11:12

I’ve been in Turkey the past week, which as anyone will tell you is the friendliest and most beautiful of…

England’s real democratic deficit

17 September 2014 15:08

Do you remember what you were doing on Monday the 30th of June 2003? I do. I was in Parliament Square…

The Tories’ tax pledge could see them recover in Scotland

2 June 2014 18:16

Today’s announcement that the UK Tory party is backing the full devolution of income tax to Holyrood, and will commit…

Are we witnessing the strange rebirth of Conservative Scotland?

2 June 2014 14:33

Perhaps. Because when you cross the Rubicon you obliterate a line in the sand. Or something like that, anyway. Ruth…

The Scottish Tories have a chance to make themselves relevant at last. Will they be bold enough to take it?

3 April 2014 10:02

Like everyone else, I’ve often been mean about the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party. I recall suggesting they were the…

Did David Cameron just promise Scots devo max?

14 March 2014 16:45

Scotland will get more powers – including control over taxes – if Scots vote No in September. That was the message…

A ‘no’ to Scottish independence won’t save the Union

10 March 2014 14:40

The longer the Scottish referendum campaign goes on, the more I fear for the long-term future of the Union. I…

The answer to the West Lothian Question is to stop asking it

23 August 2013 11:45

Here we go again. It’s time for an English parliament! Actually, it’s time for a new Act of Union! Says…

The Scottish Tories Cross Their Rubicon

26 March 2013 13:00

Alea iacta est. And not before time. More than a year ago and at the outbreak of this independence referendum…

Scottish Tories: It's Time To Man Up - Spectator Blogs

26 January 2013 1:17

Ruth Davidson became leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party in large part because she was the candidate favoured…

Scottish independence referendum: at long last the phoney war comes to an end - Spectator Blogs

15 October 2012 7:34

So now’s the day and now’s the hour at which, if you will forgive the mixed allusions, we may discern…

Exclusive: Cameron’s offer to Scotland

7 June 2012 19:00

Ed Miliband laid out his vision for Scotland today, which didn’t quite set the heather alight. But word reaches me…

Cameron Ducks His Own Scottish Question

22 February 2012 16:04

Since the NHS is a subject even more boring than American healthcare, I was more interested by the Prime Minister’s…