independence referendum

An independent London would be a Thatcherite dystopia

22 March 2017 13:17

Tottenham MP David Lammy has been writing in the Evening Standard about how it makes sense now for London to…

Ukip MEP on dangers of an independent Scotland: we’ll end up living in caves, eating cold porridge

11 October 2015 22:08

This morning Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview on the Andrew Marr Show that a second referendum on Scottish independence is…

The Stalinist logic behind the SNP’s approach to education

28 May 2015 10:45

Early in the campaign for Scottish independence the SNP commissioned a party political broadcast called Two Futures. It told the…

Scottish nationalism is hypersensitive and insular. So is the newspaper it has spawned

20 March 2015 17:38

Last year Russia Today launched a poster campaign with a fanciful strapline: ‘This is what happens when there is no…

Could Trident be moved to Wales?

28 January 2015 11:55

There’s a belter of a scoop in today’s Daily Mail. James Chapman, the paper’s political editor, reports that the Ministry of Defence…

Murphy’s mission

20 December 2014 12:30

The proverbial visitor from Mars would assume that the Scottish Nationalists had won—not lost—September’s referendum. Alex Salmond has given another…

Scottish nationalism: turning neighbours into foreigners

16 September 2014 12:59

Nationalists build walls to keep their people in and the rest out. They create ‘us’ and ‘them’. Friends and enemies.…

A new poll shows the Scots referendum is going right to the wire

12 September 2014 13:27

ICM’s poll has ‘no’ ahead, but only just– it’s 51-49. The ICM poll is a telephone one so both phone and internet polls…

Join The Spectator’s campaign to save Britain (and write our next cover story)

8 September 2014 12:35

We’ve had an extraordinary response to our request for emails saying why you hope that Scotland votes to stay, and…

Paul McCartney telling me to vote No makes me want to vote Yes

4 September 2014 17:14

‘Scotland, stay with us!’ David Bowie declared back in February. And what Bowie says (or doesn’t, quite – attentive readers…

Would Scottish independence compromise its museums and galleries?

1 September 2014 15:15

This article first appeared on Apollo Magazine’s website. The Scottish independence referendum takes place on 18 September. What would a ‘Yes’…

Scottish independence debate: Alex Salmond vs Alistair Darling – live

5 August 2014 19:38

  Welcome to tonight’s liveblog of the STV debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling. We’ll bring you rolling coverage…

A new poll shows Scotland on the brink of independence. Time for the ‘no’ side to panic

20 April 2014 11:05

Politicians always manage to take some crumbs of comfort from opinion polls but, if you are Alistair Darling, it would be…

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…

Cameron’s unionism speech was laudable in substance, but it made him look afraid of Alex Salmond

7 February 2014 14:53

I got a text from a mischievous friend in London this morning. ‘David Cameron has asked me to ask you…

Lyrical Dave – PM’s union speech packed with song lyrics

7 February 2014 12:39

David Cameron’s speech on the union this morning prompted many questions. Why was he in London? Why were there so…

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…