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  1. 22 hours ago

    Scottish insurers face referendum threat, S&P warns

    The credit ratings of Scottish insurers would be at risk if the country leaves the UK, Standard & Poor’s has warned. The...

  2. August 22, 2014

    Business voices speak up on risks of Scottish independence

    Opponents of Scottish independence have generally struggled to persuade business leaders to take a stand for staying in the...

  1. August 21, 2014

    Uncertainty grows over Scotland’s public spending plans

    Scotland’s commitment to giving the elderly free bus travel, students free university education and everyone free...

  2. August 21, 2014

    Scottish independence: Oil expert reignites North Sea debate

    A warning from energy industry veteran Sir Ian Wood over declining oil and gas output has reignited fierce debate over how...

  3. August 19, 2014

    Scotland’s currency choices in the event of independence

    If the UK refuses a formal currency union with an independent Scotland, what choices would the country have? (1) Use the...

  4. August 19, 2014

    Scotland’s Nationalists address currency conundrum

    With less than a month to go before the independence referendum, Scottish nationalists are battling to shore up what many...

  5. August 19, 2014

    Booksellers warn of higher prices in an independent Scotland

    Books will become more expensive in an independent Scotland, retailers have warned, saying they will not be able to absorb...

  6. August 18, 2014

    Salmond mixes medieval with modern message

    Scotland’s nationalists say the case for independence is founded on thoroughly modern principles, but such is Alex Salmond’s...

  7. August 18, 2014

    Alex Salmond focuses on NHS in run up to Scotland poll

    It is a mark of how important social democratic values have become to Scotland’s independence debate that when Alex Salmond...

  8. August 18, 2014

    Scotland comments boomerang on Australian PM

    He has been criticised in the past for offending women, gays and the Irish. Now Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister,...

  9. August 17, 2014

    Campaign against Scottish independence suffers narrowing of poll lead

    The campaign against Scottish independence has suffered a narrowing of its opinion poll lead despite its leader’s widely...

  10. 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...

  11. August 17, 2014

    Scottish secessionists take heart from SNP’s 2011 poll comeback

    The Scottish National party’s unexpected election triumph in 2011 paved the way for next month’s referendum – and to...

  12. August 15, 2014

    London and Edinburgh in tussle for voters in islands

    The UK has agreed to an unprecedented plan of support for Scotland’s three island councils amid competing efforts by London...

  13. August 15, 2014

    My chance, aged almost 100, to be politically mature

    From Mrs M F Corall. Sir, I am a 98-year-old great grandmother and I am depressed that there are people in Scotland who lack...

  14. August 14, 2014

    BoE comments deal blow to Scottish Yes camp

    The Bank of England has challenged the Scottish government’s characterisation of official contacts between them, in an...

  15. August 14, 2014

    The real puzzle is why Salmond wants to leave at all

    Alex Salmond likes so many things about the British state that one wonders why the Scottish first minister has dedicated his...

  16. August 14, 2014

    Doubts over timing of Trident move from Scotland

    The cost of relocating the UK’s nuclear force out of an independent Scotland would be manageable but the process was not...

  17. August 13, 2014

    Bank of England has contingency plans for Scotland Yes vote

    Uncertainty over an independent Scotland’s currency could affect UK financial stability but the Bank of England has...

  18. August 13, 2014

    Voting Yes is path to full employment, says SNP

    Voting to leave the UK next month could set Scotland on the road to “full employment”, the Scottish government has claimed...

  19. August 12, 2014

    Scottish union offers more certain future, says BAE

    BAE Systems would be offered greater certainty over its business if Scotland stayed in the UK, the company said, after it...

  20. August 11, 2014

    Pay debt or lose use of UK hardware, Ian Davidson warns Scotland

    Ministers should tell Scots they will be denied access to fighter aircraft, warships and any other physical government...

  21. 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...

  22. August 9, 2014

    Surge in support for Scotland to stay in UK

    Support for Scotland to stay in the UK has surged since Tuesday’s debate between Alex Salmond, Scotland’s Nationalist first...

  23. August 8, 2014

    It takes two to tango over sterling, says SNP dissident

    It comes as no surprise to Jim Sillars that the Scottish National party has taken a beating over the pound this week. The...

  24. August 8, 2014

    Scotland: Between heart and head

    Tartan Scotland, a mixture of fantasy and cash, is much in evidence in Edinburgh’s Princes Street. There are shops with...

  25. August 8, 2014

    How to fix Scotland’s independence depositor dilemma

    As the referendum on Scottish independence draws closer, some bank customers are becoming nervous. Should they withdraw...

  26. August 8, 2014

    Independent Scotland based on ‘aspiration rather than reality’

    Alex Salmond’s promise of a prosperous future for Scots in an independent Scotland is based on “aspiration rather than...

  27. 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...

  28. August 7, 2014

    Scotland opens issue of autonomy across UK

    With its independence referendum only six weeks away, Scotland is on the brink of key changes in its relationship with the...

  29. August 7, 2014

    UK parties outline Scottish ‘devo max’ proposals

    The main political parties at Westminster have pledged to give extra powers to Scotland if it votes to stay in the UK –...

  30. August 7, 2014

    Edinburgh entrepreneurs wary of speaking out on independence

    Entrepreneurs intent on technological “disruption” gathered this week for Seedcamp Edinburgh, the first outing north of the...

  31. 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,...

  32. August 7, 2014

    Scottish vote fuels row over Barnett formula

    Scotland’s independence referendum is fuelling controversy about one of the UK’s thorniest issues – the share-out of public...

  33. August 7, 2014

    UK celebrities urge Scots to stay together

    Sir Mick Jagger, Stephen Hawking, Dame Judy Dench and Simon Cowell are among 200 people who have signed an open letter from...

  34. 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...

  35. August 6, 2014

    History lesson from a Scottish declaration

    “Don’t believe everything you read,” whispers the gentleman in the tartan waistcoat. I am perusing the information panels at...

  36. August 6, 2014

    Scots and English mingle with ease 501 years after Flodden

    Across England’s northern border, the upcoming main event is the vote to decide whether Scotland will become independent. In...

  37. 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...

  38. August 5, 2014

    Darling wins debate – but consolation may be Salmond’s

    Alex Salmond, Scotland’s nationalist first minister, can be frustratingly pat. Alistair Darling, who leads the unionist...

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