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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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,...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. Off Message

    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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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,...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. August 7, 2014

    Scotland is warned of emergency lending perils in crisis

    An independent Scotland would have little scope to offer emergency lending facilities to its banks, raising questions about...

  34. August 7, 2014

    The truth and lies of Scottish and EU secessionists

    This week’s television debate between Alex Salmond, the pro-independence Scottish first minister, and Alistair Darling,...

  35. August 6, 2014

    Scottish independence campaigners try to soften TV debate blow

    Scotland’s independence movement is looking to a big grassroots campaign to help win over undecided voters, after suffering...

  36. August 6, 2014

    Hard truths about Scotland’s future

    Throughout the Scottish independence campaign, the pro-separation Yes side has breathed a confidence and expectation that...

  37. Off Message

    August 5, 2014

    Just what the No side wanted - a nil-nil debate

    I watched as much of the televised/streamed debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling as possible given the STV...

  38. August 5, 2014

    Salmond labours as Darling gets best lines

    Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, struggled to lay out his case for independence in a fierce first debate on Tuesday...

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