United Kingdom

Can Labour become a truly national party again?

24 April 2017 17:05

The latest polling marmalade dropper comes from Wales. Labour have won a majority of Welsh seats in every general election…

What is it with luvvies wanting to be ‘thoroughly European’?

11 October 2016 9:08

There’s always room for one more on the Ship of Fools, and Tom McCarthy has just booked his passage. The…

An independent Scotland could easily have been the next Greece

14 July 2015 10:54

I wonder how many Scots who voted ‘Yes’ in last year’s referendum are watching events unfold in Greece and having…

Palace intrigue – is Her Majesty’s press corps on the verge of revolt?

23 October 2014 17:38

Her Majesty’s Loyal Press Corps are on the verge of revolt. Minutes of a recent meeting of the Press Gallery…

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…

Scottish referendum: ‘no’ lead falls to 6 points, from 22 points last month

1 September 2014 22:16

Tonight brings a reminder that the Union is in real danger. A new YouGov poll has the No camp’s lead…

Podcast: The UK without Scotland, assisted dying and modern slavery

3 July 2014 8:42

How would the rest of the United Kingdom cope without Scotland? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth…

The Bearable Lightness of Being A British Scottish Nationalist

21 May 2014 13:54

Backstory: I wrote a post suggesting that Scottish Nationalists’ rhetoric might these days usefully be compared to Doublethink. I suppose…

If Scotland leaves, what name should we give to the remaining nation?

13 February 2014 11:40

Last week, David Cameron said that we have ‘seven months to save the most extraordinary country in history’. He meant…

The New Colonials can raise our sights beyond the Channel

18 July 2013 10:52

There’s a quiet Colonial takeover of British public life going on. An Australian, Lynton Crosby is in charge of the…

May Day, May Day

2 May 2012 14:18

There was a sense of urgency, even emergency, in many countries on May 1 this year. The goings-on in the…

Cameron’s new offer for Scotland could mean a new offer for England

17 February 2012 9:26

The consensus opinion across most of today’s papers appears to be that Dave done good in Scotland yesterday. And now…

Cameron’s risky move could play into Salmond’s hands

16 February 2012 19:22

Not many politicians would conjure up the spectre of Alec Douglas-Home to scare the Prime Minister, but that is exactly…

Westminster’s attention heads north again

11 February 2012 16:24

The debate over the referendum on Scottish independence will take centre stage next week. Michael Moore, the Scottish Secretary, will…

What difference the Scottish independence question makes

2 February 2012 11:39

A very useful contribution from Lord Ashcroft this morning, in the form of a poll he’s commissioned on Scottish independence.…

Freedom for Shetland!

31 January 2012 18:20

If Scotland can claim independence — and a ‘geographical share’ of the oil regardless of population — then why can’t…

Salmond lays the ground for his referendum

25 January 2012 20:38

So now we have it: the ten words which Alex Salmond hopes will end Scotland’s 300-year-old membership of the United…

Let’s remember McDonald Bailey in 2012

17 January 2012 16:11

McDonald Bailey was certainly among the most famous names in British sport when Britain last hosted the Olympics, in 1948.…

Scottish independence by numbers

16 January 2012 19:34

It’s far from the first poll on Scottish independence in recent years, or even in recent days, but YouGov’s effort…

Would you bet against Alex Salmond?

2 January 2012 18:37

Alex Salmond has a soft spot for horse racing, and I’ve just seen some odds that could make the First Minister…