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      December 4, 2014

      Scotland's new political landscape

      The general election in May is one of the most difficult to predict in British history. The result will undermine old...

    2. November 25, 2014

      Jim Murphy backs devolution of income tax to Scotland

      Jim Murphy, the favourite to become Scottish Labour leader, is backing the devolution of income tax to Scotland, shrugging...

    1. November 23, 2014

      Alistair Darling warns over bad deal on Scotland’s devolved tax

      Plans to give Scotland full power over income tax would increase borrowing costs for the entire UK and end in “floods of...

    2. November 2, 2014

      Alistair Darling to stand down as Labour MP

      Alistair Darling, the former chancellor, is to stand down as an MP at the next election, in a further blow to a Scottish...

    3. November 2, 2014

      Alistair Darling prepares to leave the political arena

      Alistair Darling knows the timing is not exactly propitious. The Labour party in Scotland is in crisis and facing possible...

    4. November 2, 2014

      Darling on Gordon Brown and Scottish Labour

      Alistair Darling famously claimed that Gordon Brown “unleashed the forces of hell” on him after he accurately predicted the...

    5. September 19, 2014

      Scottish referendum: How complacency nearly lost a united kingdom

      When scholars come to write the history of Scotland’s 2014 independence campaign they may conclude the UK was saved by an...

    6. September 19, 2014

      The way back for Labour in Scotland

      In the end, despite the wobbles, Scotland voted No by a very big margin. The late rally to the United Kingdom had many...

    7. Westminster Blog

      September 19, 2014

      Eight things we have learned from the Scottish referendum

      1] Don’t put too much faith in a single poll. It was the Sunday Times YouGov poll – putting Yes at 51 per cent – which...

    8. September 18, 2014

      Alex Salmond: tireless campaigner who divides Scotland

      The Scottish independence campaign has lasted a gruelling two years but Alex Salmond showed no sign of fatigue on its final...

    9. September 17, 2014

      Campaign leaves Scotland deeply divided

      Alex Salmond has called the Scottish referendum “a joyous, empowering campaign” but it ended with a country deeply divided...

    10. September 17, 2014

      Gordon Brown returns to centrestage to fire up the No campaign

      Gordon Brown was shaking with intensity. “Hold your head high,” growled the former prime minister as the No campaign – and...

    11. September 17, 2014

      Gordon Brown makes final push in No campaign

      Gordon Brown delivered an impassioned defence of the UK on Wednesday as the former prime minister called on Scots to reject...

    12. September 16, 2014

      Scottish independence: polls put No camp’s lead at four points

      The campaign against Scottish independence from the UK is ahead but its lead is very small and still tightening, three new...

    13. September 16, 2014

      Brown asks Scots to back new powers, not ‘chaos’ of separation

      Gordon Brown has made a final appeal to Scots to support the transfer of “extensive new powers” to a Scottish parliament...

    14. September 15, 2014

      Scottish independence: Cameron begs Scots to avoid ‘painful divorce’

      David Cameron has made a last-ditch plea to Scots to vote against independence in this week’s referendum, begging them: “Do...

    15. September 14, 2014

      Scottish independence: Queen urges voters to ‘think carefully’

      In a rare intervention into the political arena, the Queen has urged Scots to “think very carefully” before they vote in...

    16. September 14, 2014

      Battle intensifies for undecided voters in Scottish referendum

      As the knife-edge Scottish independence debate heads towards its finale this week, the focus for both sides is on the...

    17. September 14, 2014

      Scottish independence: Alex Salmond seeks to reassure voters

      Alex Salmond has sought to reassure Scottish voters about the aftermath of a Yes vote in Thursday’s independence referendum,...

    18. September 11, 2014

      Downing St reception used to goad business chiefs into action

      It was at a reception at Downing Street on Monday evening that the prime minister issued a “call to arms” from Britain’s top...

    19. September 10, 2014

      Scottish independence: New poll eases pressure on No camp

      The embattled campaign against Scottish independence earned some respite on Wednesday as a poll gave the No side a six-point...

    20. September 8, 2014

      Future of the Union: Confidence rises and complacency fades

      Yes: Strategy was always to build support for late surge The weekend’s YouGov survey that found Scotland’s independence...

    21. September 8, 2014

      A bad campaign is not the real unionist problem for Scotland

      Big things do not happen for small reasons. When countries go to war it is because their vital interests clash; when a...

    22. September 7, 2014

      Scots who dally with separatists invite a bitter divorce

      My taxi driver in Glasgow last week told me he had switched from No to Yes. I asked why. He listed the reasons and I...

    23. September 3, 2014

      Sturgeon hails ‘momentum’ behind Scotland’s ‘Yes’ campaign

      The deputy leader of the Scottish nationalists said the campaign for independence had “extraordinary momentum” in a live...

    24. September 1, 2014

      UK government has no contingency plans in event of Scots’ Yes vote

      The British government has no contingency plans for a vote in favour of Scottish independence just three weeks from the...

    25. August 29, 2014

      Support for independent Scotland rebounds

      Support for Scottish independence has rebounded since a strong showing by Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, in his...

    26. August 28, 2014

      Scotland’s patriots can vote for the union

      Three weeks before the referendum and Alex Salmond’s campaign for an independent Scotland has still to answer the simple...

    27. August 28, 2014

      Cameron to warn of economic threat from Scotland Yes vote

      David Cameron will re-enter the Scottish independence campaign on Thursday warning that much of the nation’s industry could...

    28. August 28, 2014

      City warns Scots against walking away from national debt

      The City has warned that an independent Scotland would find funding itself harder if the state carried out an “irresponsible...

    29. August 26, 2014

      The reality behind Salmond’s rhetoric

      Winning televised debates is not the same thing as changing minds, as the pro-unionist Better Together campaign knows all...

    30. August 26, 2014

      Business leaders say case for Scottish independence ‘not made’

      More than 130 business people in sectors ranging from finance to whisky have signed an open letter arguing that the business...

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      August 25, 2014

      A win for Salmond, Scotland's enigmatic chancer

      In his opening remarks, Alistair Darling tried to ensure the second televised debate on Scottish independence would be all...

    32. August 25, 2014

      Scottish independence: Yes camp can take hope from debate

      Alex Salmond may have lost the first televised debate, but in the central hall of Glasgow’s lavishly refurbished Kelvingrove...

    33. August 25, 2014

      Scottish independence: Salmond seen as winner in TV debate

      Alex Salmond gave the campaign for Scottish independence a morale boost with a strong performance in a crucial televised...

    34. August 25, 2014

      Three big questions for Scotland

      As Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling meet for their second TV debate on Scottish independence, the Financial Times evaluates...

    35. August 25, 2014

      Alex Salmond faces pressure on currency and Scottish prospects

      Alex Salmond will face renewed pressure on currency and economic prospects for an independent Scotland on Monday in his...

    36. August 24, 2014

      Salmond falls far short on certainty

      Political campaigns are often defined by whether they try to convince voters on the merits of change or continuity. However,...

    37. August 17, 2014

      Salmond and Darling to go head-to-head again in Scottish debate

      After Alex Salmond’s underwhelming performance in this month’s televised debate with pro-UK campaign leader Alistair...

    38. August 10, 2014

      Alex Salmond digs in over independent Scotland keeping pound

      Alex Salmond has dug in over the question of what currency an independent Scotland would use, insisting that it would...

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