Scottish independence

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,…

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…

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…

Unionists must prepare for a second vote on Scottish independence

11 September 2014 15:50

Tonight will bring another YouGov poll on the Scottish referendum and this may change the mood again. But right now,…

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…

PMQs sketch: Strange allies and a fake truce makes for weird times in Westminster

10 September 2014 16:36

Weird times in Westminster. PMQs was downgraded today so that the evening news wouldn’t carry pictures of a remote House…

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…

Missing: One Secretary of State for Scotland

10 September 2014 14:30

Don’t they know there’s a war on? Given that the government has finally woken up to the very real threat…

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…

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…

Why I am voting No

9 September 2014 16:02

Once upon a time, a long while ago, I lived in Dublin. It was a time when everything seemed possible…

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…

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 royal womb watching begins. It’s enough to make you yearn for independence

8 September 2014 13:55

So, there’s the final nail in the coffin of the ‘Better Together’ campaign. The Duchess of Cambridge is up the…

Kate and the Queen come out fighting for the Union

8 September 2014 13:25

Well, what a coup for the No campaign. At least that was my first thought before I found, annoyingly, that it…

Strictly Come Dancing review: seriously, who are the 11 million people who enjoy this stuff?

8 September 2014 12:43

There’s a Radio 4 programme, presented by the smug moraliser Marcus Brigstocke, called I’ve Never Seen Star Wars, which gets…

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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…

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…

Come in Britain, your time is up

7 September 2014 13:01

How do you kill an idea? That is the Unionist quandary this weekend. For a long time now the Better…

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…