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    1. February 20, 2015

      Manchester: UK’s new order?

      Manchester model A young man in jeans, a blue T-shirt and rollerblades glides across the shiny grey floor of The Sharp...

    2. February 15, 2015

      Miliband tries to rally support in Wales

      Ed Miliband sought to rally support among voters in Wales at the weekend by blaming the growth in corporate tax abuse on the...

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    1. February 10, 2015

      ‘English votes for English laws’ is easier said than done

      Every state with devolved institutions of government, redistributes revenues among subsidiary jurisdictions. These...

    2. February 6, 2015

      A crumbling parliament’s route map to redemption

      Sometimes a metaphor comes along so perfect as to be irresistible. News from parliament that the failure of its main sewer...

    3. February 4, 2015

      Scotland’s power in a future of instability

      By the time the polls closed in last September’s independence referendum, a triumphant Alex Salmond was convinced he had...

    4. February 4, 2015

      Western cities announce joint funding bid

      Cardiff, Newport and Bristol councils have announced they will jointly bid for government money to finance shared...

    5. February 4, 2015

      Murphy targets SNP’s record in government

      Labour aims to shore up support in Scotland by targeting the Scottish National party’s record in government north of the...

    6. February 3, 2015

      Tories eye voting curbs on Scottish MPs

      William Hague claimed on Tuesday to have solved one of the thorniest problems in British politics as he unveiled his...

    7. February 3, 2015

      David Cameron’s flawed plan for English devolution

      When Scotland voted to reject independence last September many assumed that the union had been saved and the national...

    8. February 2, 2015

      Labour promises Scotland greater welfare spending powers

      Labour has promised to give Scotland greater welfare spending powers beyond those agreed with other UK parties, including...

    9. January 29, 2015

      Miliband promises ‘home rule’ bill for Scotland

      Ed Miliband has urged voters to reject the Scottish National party in May, admitting that the results from Scottish seats...

    10. January 25, 2015

      Abellio’s £2.5bn ScotRail deal threatened by Labour

      Labour plans to exercise a break clause in the Dutch group Abellio’s £2.5bn ScotRail franchise if it wins power in Scotland...

    11. January 25, 2015

      English airports fear Scottish tax competition

      Scotland’s plans to cut and eventually abolish air passenger duty have rattled the English tourism industry, which fears...

    12. January 22, 2015

      UK unveils Scottish devolution deal

      The UK government has published draft legislation transferring new powers over tax and spending to Scotland, dismissing...

    13. January 22, 2015

      Nicola Sturgeon says SNP will vote on English laws

      Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has said Scottish National party members of the UK parliament are ready to vote...

    14. January 20, 2015

      Monty Python scenario that shows Britain is a constitutional mess

      Britain needs a constitutional rethink. To concentrate minds, it might be helpful to contemplate a nightmare; one so...

    15. January 20, 2015

      Labour urged to rule out SNP coalition pact

      George Osborne has urged Ed Miliband to rule out a pact with the Scottish National party in a hung parliament, claiming that...

    16. January 18, 2015

      Scottish government rethinks home purchase tax plan

      The Scottish government will this week announce a rethink of its planned tax on home purchases that is likely to ease the...

    17. January 8, 2015

      Theresa Villiers announces plan to give Northern Ireland corporate tax control

      The government has published a bill it aims to pass before May’s general election giving Northern Ireland the power to cut...

    18. January 1, 2015

      We have yet to find an answer to the Scottish question

      The latest opinion polls in Scotland show the nationalists leading Labour by about 20 points, with other parties trailing...

    19. December 23, 2014

      Northern Ireland’s parties reach broad deal but obstacles remain

      Northern Ireland’s political leaders have reached broad agreement on tackling the legacy of the province’s past as well as...

    20. December 23, 2014

      Deal elusive after all-night talks on Northern Ireland

      The future of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government was at stake on Tuesday as the province’s political leaders...

    21. December 22, 2014

      Labour’s Jim Murphy faces formidable Scottish challenge

      Less than a quarter of Scottish voters back the Labour party, according to the first poll published since it elected a new...

    22. December 21, 2014

      Oil rout would have wrecked an independent Scotland’s finances

      Scotland’s North Sea revenues would have slumped to one fifth of Holyrood’s preferred forecasts in its first year of...

    23. December 15, 2014

      UK election threat to nuclear deterrent

      The UK would need to abandon its independent nuclear deterrent if Labour wants to form a coalition after the general...

    24. December 14, 2014

      Murphy plays Scottish card to prevent Labour disaster in May

      Jim Murphy, Scottish Labour’s new leader, plans to rewrite the party’s constitution to emphasise its autonomy from London...

    25. December 12, 2014

      Let us first be clear what we want from Scottish land before talking about ownership

      Scattered across the Scottish Borders is a collection of fields and forests so large that if nearby Edinburgh had taken root...

    26. December 12, 2014

      Tories plan to restrict voting by Scottish MPs

      Scottish MPs would be banned from having the final say over legislation that does not affect their constituents under...

    27. December 11, 2014

      Wales Bill foresees Cardiff raising a fifth of its expenditure

      The Wales Bill, which passed its last hurdle in the House of Commons on Wednesday, envisages that by 2020 Cardiff will be...

    28. December 10, 2014

      Irish and UK leaders aim to break Northern Ireland deadlock

      The Irish and UK prime ministers will arrive in Belfast on Thursday, in an attempt to move the leaders of Northern Ireland’s...

    29. December 6, 2014

      Salmond to stand as Westminster MP

      Alex Salmond, the former Scottish first minister, has announced he will stand in next May’s general election, a decision...

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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...

    31. December 2, 2014

      Tax devolution unites Northern Ireland

      Northern Ireland’s two main political parties do not agree on much. Divided by the legacy of the Troubles and their...

    32. December 2, 2014

      Scotland’s taxes have nowhere to go but up

      The Smith commission appointed in the aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum presented its report last week,...

    33. December 1, 2014

      Osborne ready to devolve corporation tax powers to Stormont

      George Osborne will signal his backing this week for the devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland, in a politically...

    34. November 30, 2014

      Nicola Sturgeon: ‘business has nothing to fear’

      Scotland’s new first minister Nicola Sturgeon has told companies they have “nothing to fear” from her administration as she...

    35. November 28, 2014

      Scots voted to preserve an ever more distant union

      This month, in a plebiscite on Catalan independence, four out of five voters opted to secede from Spain. The vote was...

    36. November 27, 2014

      Greatest Scottish devolution pitfalls avoided, say economists

      The Smith Commission’s proposals for Scotland taking charge of a chunk of tax revenues won conditional support from...

    37. November 27, 2014

      Business groups voice concerns over Scottish tax plans

      Devolution to Scotland of control over income tax rates and bands threatens to add to the administrative burden on companies...

    38. November 27, 2014

      Could devolution deal actually save the UK?

      The Scottish devolution deal announced on Thursday poses a big unanswered question: will the UK’s greatest transfer of...

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