Now is the time to refurbish the British state

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The danger is that politicians in Westminster return to business as usual ahead of next year’s election

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Scotland vote exposes established order

If elites fail to provide more accountable government, politics of exclusion will sweep them aside

Brown could be the saviour of the union

The former premier’s Scottishness has made him so effective in campaigning for Britishness

Salmond disregards foreign policy facts

Scottish nationalists’ assertion that everyone else would bend to Edinburgh’s will is wrong

Vibrant nationalism fights shy unionism

The Scots have faced dismal economic times, and it is much easier to champion a brave new future

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‘The Future, Declassified’, by Mathew Burrows

Geopolitics just got a lot more difficult. Review by Philip Stephens

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The world says No to Scottish separation

The Yes campaign has elected to play a cynical, bewildering and finite game of identity politics

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A world retreating from globalisation

The US does not see a vital national interest in upholding an order that shifts power to rivals

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Scottish patriots can vote for the union

If like-minded nations are to prosper in security they will have to pull closer together

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Britain’s new enemies: immigrants and capitalists

The nation is left with an unhappy choice of populisms

Europe needs a lesson in deterrence

Europeans have been slow to recognise the world as it is rather than as they imagined

Putin’s next move – invade?

Europe has half-colluded in the ludicrous pretence that Russia is a concerned bystander in Ukraine

Britain slams the door on Hong Kong

Weakness wins no special favours for UK business from China

Worst threat to euro is a lack of trust

The argument between Italy and Germany asks a question at the heart of the currency’s future

Heathrow makes money out of misery

London’s main airport is abusing its dominant position

History tells us not to cling on to the past

Leaders must confront the world as it is, not as they know it

Drifting Britain needs a foreign policy

A sales force is ill-suited to pursuits such as strategic analysis and diplomacy

A tawdry deal on jobs will hurt Europe

Whatever questions a chastened EU asks itself, the choice of Mr Juncker is not an answer

May fails the competence test

The home secretary tends to deny a problem exists, then lays the blame elsewhere and finally tries to fix it

Braveheart nationalism shows its dark side

Even with a No vote in September much needs to be done for England and Scotland’s relationship


Philip Stephens Philip Stephens is a commentator and author. He is associate editor of the Financial Times where as chief political commentator he writes twice-weekly columns on global and British affairs.

He joined the Financial Times in 1983 after working as a correspondent for Reuters in Brussels and has been the FT’s Economics Editor, Political Editor and Editor of the UK edition. He was educated at Wimbledon College and at Oxford university.

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