A way forward on food banks

Politicians have been too slow to make some simple changes that would relieve suffering

The cuts to come

There will be a mix of tax rises, delayed targets and spending falls, regardless of who takes power

The prime London tax

The chancellor is improving an inefficient tax in a way that defends himself from political attacks and helps the average housebuyer

Cameron won’t need to persuade Merkel

So long as free movement isn’t compromised the prime minister will receive a sympathetic hearing in Berlin

Scots voted to preserve an ever more distant union

Scotland, the UK’s Basque Country

Politically, there is a rationale for radicalism on devolution of tax powers and ‘fiscal federalism’

The limits of mansplaining immigration

Facts can push people further to the poles of opinion, depending on whether they affirm or undermine pre-existing views

The void in British politics

Everyone is ‘attempting to out-Ukip Ukip’

Contrary to what politicians seem to think, there is no reluctance among Britons to talk about immigration

The quintessential face of Ukip

YouGov data suggests a neat way of showing differences between supporters of British political parties

The truth about EU migration and welfare

Government policy is targeted at UK voters, not ‘benefit tourists’

When politicians can ignore the public

Legislators can shape constituents’ views on issues by merely staking out their positions

Tax cuts for all – but more for you!

Cameron’s speech implies he believes the median voter is not the same thing as the median earner

The missing million goes missing

The “shy Nos “were not so shy. Remember the undecided voter

Why a Yes vote would confound pollsters

If the polls are biased, then it won’t only be the No campaign that is left beaten on Thursday

Yes is running out of Scots to persuade

Missing – Evidence for Yes momentum

Survation might say other pollsters are merely catching up to the reality of a tight race with No just in the lead

An optimist argues for a No vote

Carol Craig discusses the optimism and confirmation biases that are all too common among the SNP leadership

A journey into Salmondville

A Scotland that is prudent and genteel is quietly angry with a raucous adversary

Another poll, another boost for Yes

Underlying data suggest Yes side is succeeding in persuading the voters it has been doggedly trying to win over

ABOUT JOHN

John McDermott has been with the FT since 2010. He was formerly the executive comment editor in London and before that a writer for FT Alphaville in New York. Prior to joining the FT, he was a policy adviser in the Downing Street Policy Unit.

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