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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 4, 2014

    The Diary: Rory Bremner

    I had no idea when I agreed to do a stand-up show about the Scottish independence referendum at the Glasgow Comedy Festival...

  1. April 1, 2014

    The welfare cap replaces political judgment with spin

    I was sitting last week in the Royal Courts of Justice, a gloomy Victorian monument from the English Gothic revival. At the...

  2. Off Message

    April 1, 2014

    The real cause for unionist concern

    Alistair Darling, the head of the Better Together campaign for a No vote in the referendum on Scottish independence, has...

  3. April 1, 2014

    Mixed messages on Scotland’s future

    In recent days the pro-unionist Better Together campaign in Scotland has suffered a significant and avoidable reverse. One...

  4. March 31, 2014

    Policy and personality rifts rock No campaign on Scotland

    The latest ructions in the campaign to prevent Scottish independence have highlighted differences of policy and personality...

  5. March 31, 2014

    Alistair Darling moots UK vote on Scottish currency union

    The campaign against Scottish independence was thrown into disarray on Monday when its leader left open the possibility of...

  6. March 7, 2014

    Currency tussle clipped Scottish No campaign, minister admits

    The secretary of state for Scotland admitted on Friday that the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK had lost ground after...

  7. January 31, 2014

    Crate expectations

    In the past few years there has been a huge structural change in how wine is delivered to those who drink it. The UK, for...

  8. Off Message

    January 28, 2014

    Balls's misleading tax sums - and why they matter

    On Saturday, Ed Balls announced that a Labour government would bring back the 50 per cent tax rate on incomes over £150,000....

  9. January 13, 2014

    Alex Salmond says Treasury statement backs Scotland keeping pound

    Scotland now has a strong hand in pressing demands to keep shared use of the pound in the event of independence, says Alex...

  10. Westminster Blog

    January 13, 2014

    Has the Treasury given Alex Salmond the upper hand?

    We revealed in this morning’s FT that the Treasury is making it clear to investors in UK debt that if Scotland goes...

  11. January 9, 2014

    Scottish ‘No’ campaign derided as ‘headless’

    The UK faces the biggest threat to its continued existence as a union of four parts in September, when Scots vote whether to...

  12. December 3, 2013

    Banks rush to meet tax avoidance code deadline

    George Osborne is preparing to ratchet up pressure on banks over tax avoidance. Lenders are trying to meet a Wednesday...

  13. December 3, 2013

    Darling under Tory fire over Scottish campaign

    Alistair Darling has been dubbed “comatose” by senior Conservatives, amid signs of growing frustration in Downing Street...

  14. November 26, 2013

    Darling: Salmond living in ‘fantasy’ land with Scotland blueprint

    Alistair Darling has attacked the Scottish government over its blueprint for an independent Scotland, calling the 670-page...

  15. Off Message

    November 26, 2013

    Scotland's all-important 'don't know' voter

    The Scottish National party on Tuesday launched its white paper for independence. It takes the form of a 670-page collection...

  16. November 26, 2013

    Independent Scots face £1,000 yearly tax rise, warns Treasury

    Independence could cost Scotland’s taxpayers £1,000 a year each, the UK Treasury has claimed, before Edinburgh launched its...

  17. October 24, 2013

    When Britain leaves Europe, Scotland will leave Britain

    The other day Alex Salmond set out his stall for an independent Scotland. It was a bravura performance. Had the Scottish...

  18. Off Message

    October 7, 2013

    No more letting Salmond be Salmond

    Michael Moore should have brought this chart to his reshuffle meeting: It shows the average results of polls asking: “Should...

  19. September 26, 2013

    High speed rail chief dismisses funding delay concerns

    The head of the High Speed 2 project has dismissed fears that a delay in securing funding for the first stage of the rail...

  20. September 18, 2013

    Scottish politicians clash as mark one-year countdown to referendum

    Scotland marked the one-year countdown to a historic referendum on independence from the UK with fierce rhetorical jousting...

  21. September 9, 2013

    George Osborne claims austerity victory

    A bullish George Osborne declared victory on Monday in his battle with Labour over austerity, proclaiming that recovery was...

  22. August 20, 2013

    HS2 – the hurdles waiting down the track

    POLITICAL George Osborne and David Cameron are still firmly in favour of HS2 despite the hostility of some Tory MPs along...

  23. July 3, 2013

    Labour leads fightback against critics of HS2

    Westminster’s three main parties have fought back in support of the High-Speed Rail 2 project amid criticism from former...

  24. Westminster Blog

    June 19, 2013

    A one-minute guide to the Banking Commission

    Some of you may have already followed the 161 hours of evidence during the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards....

  25. June 16, 2013

    UK Revenue plans to name banks who flout tax code of conduct

    HM Revenue & Customs is ratcheting up the pressure over tax avoidance by drawing up plans to name and shame banks that do...

  26. June 12, 2013

    Independent Scotland must share welfare system with UK, says panel

    Experts advising the Scottish government have warned that immediately setting up a separate welfare system if Scotland votes...

  27. June 9, 2013

    A blueprint for returning Lloyds and RBS to the private sector

    When Alistair Darling decided to recapitalise Royal Bank of Scotland in October 2008 he made a deliberate decision not to...

  28. June 7, 2013

    Drop Help to Buy and fix the real problems

    In his 1988 budget, Nigel Lawson announced that the “double Miras” loophole allowing unmarried couples to pool their...

  29. June 2, 2013

    George Osborne set to face down pressure to split up RBS

    George Osborne enters a critical month for the banking sector determined to map out an exit strategy to end the state’s...

  30. May 24, 2013

    Scottish business ‘bullied into silence’, says Darling

    Scottish business is being bullied into silence in the debate over independence by shadowy nationalist forces, according to...

  31. May 24, 2013

    Alistair Darling’s Scottish campaign role fuels talk of comeback

    Alistair Darling wants to talk about Scotland and the economy, but the Financial Times suggests it would also be good to...

  32. May 2, 2013

    George Osborne faces £24bn dilemma on UK bank stakes

    George Osborne, UK chancellor, is facing a £24bn dilemma on what to do with the government stakes in Royal Bank of Scotland...

  33. FT Alphaville

    May 2, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks fell for a second day after weaker than expected growth in US ADP payrolls and manufacturing. The yen rose,...

  34. May 1, 2013

    Osborne allies ready to sell bank stakes before general election

    George Osborne’s allies are stepping up efforts to prepare for a reprivatisation of Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds before...

  35. April 8, 2013

    Barclays has vaccine against future ills

    Those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” To judge from reaction to last...

  36. March 26, 2013

    Mortgage plans ‘risk driving up prices’

    Britain’s fiscal watchdog has challenged chancellor George Osborne’s claims that his new mortgage guarantee scheme, the...

  37. March 26, 2013

    Darling fears subprime ‘housing bubble’

    Alistair Darling, former Labour chancellor, has warned that the package of mortgage guarantees announced last week could...

  38. March 21, 2013

    Mandelson accuses Balls of living in past

    Lord Mandelson has launched a damaging critique of Ed Balls as shadow chancellor, accusing him of living in the past and...

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