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    1. April 16, 2015

      Long live the United Kingdom — but not at any price

      How long can the union between Scotland and the rest of the UK survive? Last year’s referendum was supposed to have settled...

    2. April 13, 2015

      Scotland should be shielded from low oil price, says Salmond

      Scotland could be shielded by the rest of the UK from the impact of low North Sea oil revenues even if it gains the “full...

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    1. April 13, 2015

      SNP pushes for Westminster funding pledges at business launch

      Nicola Sturgeon has launched her party’s business platform ahead of May’s UK general election, demanding a series of funding...

    2. April 10, 2015

      Labour takes aim at SNP fiscal autonomy ‘bombshell’

      Labour has wheeled out its big guns to take aim at what it considers a weak point in the seemingly inexorable advance of the...

    3. April 8, 2015

      Sturgeon vows to push for control of Scottish finances

      Nicola Sturgeon has pledged that she would use increased clout in Westminster to push for fiscal autonomy for Scotland “as...

    4. April 7, 2015

      Labour’s Welsh chances hurt by local record

      Labour’s Welsh heartlands cannot be relied upon to deliver a rich seam of seat gains for Ed Miliband in next month’s UK...

    5. April 3, 2015

      Now unionists want to drive Scotland from the union

      Election campaigns are distorting prisms. Partisan or otherwise, contentious opinion can quickly harden into received...

    6. April 1, 2015

      Labour attacks SNP spending plans as ‘biggest lie’ in election

      The Labour party has said SNP claims to oppose public spending cuts are the “biggest lie in the general election” as it...

    7. March 24, 2015

      Peers express ‘deep concern’ over wider Scottish powers

      Plans to give fresh powers to Scotland drawn up in the heat of the independence referendum were undemocratic, a committee of...

    8. March 16, 2015

      Scotland tipped to leave the union, survey shows

      Most people in the UK’s four nations believe Scotland will eventually leave the union, despite its rejection of independence...

    9. March 11, 2015

      Scottish deficit data reveal risk of fiscal autonomy

      The Scottish National party insists it still wants much greater fiscal autonomy for Scotland despite data showing the...

    10. March 10, 2015

      Scottish powers plan raises danger of conflict, warn MPs

      The package of new powers promised to Scotland contains “enormous potential” to create grievance between London and...

    11. March 9, 2015

      The only future for the UK is a federal one

      There is something Apple-flavoured about the Scottish National party. The world’s biggest company by market capitalisation,...

    12. March 3, 2015

      SNP drops corporation tax cut goal

      Scotland’s government has dropped its call for a cut of up to three percentage points in corporation tax, a signature policy...

    13. February 27, 2015

      David Cameron paves way for Welsh tax-raising referendum

      A transfer of powers from Westminster to Wales announced on Friday will remove the last barrier to the Welsh Assembly taking...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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