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  1. April 15, 2014

    Defenders of union come under fire over tactics

    Philip Hammond, defence secretary, on Tuesday concluded two weeks of heavy pounding by the British military on Alex Salmond,...

  2. April 15, 2014

    Labour offers Scottish women incentives to resist independence

    Labour has promised Scottish women better childcare, higher pay and equal representation on the boards of public bodies to...

  1. April 15, 2014

    Scottish independence poll tracker

    In less than six months, the Scottish people will vote in a referendum that could see the country break away from the rest...

  2. April 13, 2014

    SNP girds itself for the ‘last mile to independence’

    When Jim Farquharson paid two shillings and six pence to join the Scottish National party more than 50 years ago, it was a...

  3. April 12, 2014

    SNP promotes female ministers, promises action on company boards

    Striving to boost support among women for Scottish independence, Alex Salmond has announced the promotion of two more female...

  4. April 12, 2014

    Salmond says independence vote is not the same as supporting SNP

    Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, is seeking to widen support for independence by telling voters that a ‘Yes’ vote in...

  5. April 11, 2014

    SNP tries to woo Scottish Labour voters

    The Scottish National party has stepped up efforts to woo Labour voters, saying independence would give them a chance to...

  6. April 11, 2014

    Margo MacDonald, politician and campaigner, 1943-2014

    Even more than most nationalists, Margo MacDonald stood for independence. Not just for her country – though she yearned for...

  7. Westminster Blog

    April 7, 2014

    Scottish independence - the polls are narrowing

    The Sunday Times’ front page this weekend will have surprised many people who are watching the Scottish referendum campaign...

  8. April 4, 2014

    Scottish independence veteran dies

    Margo MacDonald, one of Scotland’s most prominent campaigners for independence, has died aged 70. Ms MacDonald, who became...

  9. March 24, 2014

    Scots urged to update North Sea forecasts before referendum

    Pressure is growing on the Scottish government to update its forecasts for future oil and gas revenues before September’s...

  10. March 23, 2014

    Pressure grows on Edinburgh to update oil forecasts

    Pressure is growing on the Scottish government to update its forecasts for future oil and gas revenues before September’s...

  11. March 23, 2014

    Upbeat conference lifts Scottish Labour

    Scotland’s battered Labour party closed its most successful conference in years with a platform aimed at winning back...

  12. March 21, 2014

    Scottish Labour lays out vision for greater equality in UK

    Scottish Labour has laid out a vision for a new “moral economy” of greater equality and social justice within the UK, a...

  13. March 20, 2014

    Ed Miliband to warn Scots independence would hit social justice

    Ed Miliband is to warn that Scottish independence would lead a “race to the bottom” with the rump UK as each cut taxes for...

  14. March 16, 2014

    Conservatives call for return of Scottish prescription charges

    The Scottish Conservatives are calling for the return of prescription charges in Scotland to help fund increased recruitment...

  15. March 13, 2014

    Westminster debates plan to devolve Scottish aviation taxes

    Ministers in Westminster are debating devolving hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of aviation taxes to Edinburgh in next...

  16. Off Message

    March 11, 2014

    A cunning plan for a Salmond victory

    I know what you’re thinking: Alex Salmond doesn’t need political advice. He is a MacMachiavelli, a crafty schemer, “the best...

  17. March 7, 2014

    Danny Alexander warns Scots on the risk to pensions

    Scottish households would see the cost of their pensions and other financial products rise in the event of independence,...

  18. March 6, 2014

    Spain and Britain need not fear the F-word

    It is probably not accidental that the two EU countries facing the most imminent challenge from separatists within their...

  19. February 24, 2014

    Scottish independence: Salmond pound plan seen as ‘Panama’ fix

    Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, argued that an independent Scotland could continue to use the pound even if...

  20. February 24, 2014

    Hard truths about ‘Scotland’s oil’

    Resource wealth is always a mixed blessing for countries. What it gives in the form of easy money, it can take away in...

  21. February 24, 2014

    Scottish bonds ‘will be riskier than Gilts’

    It is now certain that Scotland will issue its own bonds, but the big question is whether this will de done by an...

  22. February 18, 2014

    Cameron takes the battle against independence to the Scots

    Nearly 370 years ago, troops loyal to the English crown launched a devastating attack on Scottish parliamentary forces at...

  23. February 16, 2014

    EU Commission president says Scotland membership not automatic

    Scotland’s independence campaign was dealt a blow when José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, said it would be...

  24. Off Message

    February 13, 2014

    The Treasury power play

    In a lecture last year, Sir Nicholas Macpherson, HM Treasury permanent secretary and perhaps the most powerful old Etonian...

  25. Off Message

    February 12, 2014

    The pound is the SNP's poison

    An independent Scotland would be refused entry to a monetary union with the rest of the UK, according to reports on...

  26. February 11, 2014

    Westminster parties to rule out Scottish use of the pound

    Scotland will not be allowed to share the pound with the rest of the UK if it chooses independence, the three main...

  27. February 6, 2014

    The English make the case for the break-up of Britain

    To understand why Scotland might soon vote for independence one has only to listen to the way the English talk about the...

  28. Off Message

    February 6, 2014

    Scottish independence: the 30 essential charts

    At times it can seem there are more data released on Scotland and independence than there are caramel wafers made by the...

  29. February 5, 2014

    Anti-nuclear stance was important driver in rise of SNP

    An independent Scotland would take a sharply different view of its defence needs to that of the UK – not least when it comes...

  30. February 5, 2014

    Scots’ vote threatens to make Trident unaffordable say MPs

    Scottish independence would reignite the battle over Britain’s nuclear deterrent, driving up the price so it might no longer...

  31. February 5, 2014

    Aircraft carrier embodies Scotland’s links to rest of UK

    Building an aircraft carrier is a big job: workers labouring on the 65,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth that towers above the north...

  32. February 4, 2014

    Retailers review Scottish pricing ahead of independence vote

    When supermarket bosses last year warned of rising prices in Scotland in the event of a “yes” vote in this year’s...

  33. Off Message

    January 30, 2014

    Carney's Scotland speech should matter - but it won't

    Power devolved is power retained. - Renton, ‘Trainspotting’ by Irvine Welsh On Wednesday, Mark Carney made a speech about...

  34. January 26, 2014

    Scottish nationalists welcome rising independence support in poll

    Scottish nationalists have hailed an opinion poll showing growing support for independence just eight months before a...

  35. January 24, 2014

    SNP suffers by-election setback as Labour wins in Cowdenbeath 

    The Scottish National party has suffered a significant by-election setback, just eight months before the historic referendum...

  36. January 9, 2014

    Scotland to end supermarket tax on alcohol and tobacco

    Scotland will scrap a special levy on large shops that sell tobacco and alcohol, a move that has been welcomed by big...

  37. January 8, 2014

    Scottish nationalists seize on cuts plan to push for independence

    Scotland’s ruling nationalists have seized on UK government plans for £25bn in spending cuts to push the case for...

  38. January 6, 2014

    An ever closer call for Britain’s union

    The day the union between England and Scotland came into force, May 1 1707, was marked by a gruesome event in Edinburgh....

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