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For the Union, Eagle Eye

For the Union

David Cameron has just made his biggest intervention yet in the fight over Scottish independence. This may or may not prove to be a good idea.
The PM is a skilled public speaker, but his party’s image in Scotland remains pestilential*, not helped by Cameron’s own background. Unfair though it is, he’s a gift to nationalists [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 7 February 2014 at 4:22 pm

Everything you need to know: The third option for Scottish independence, Eagle Eye

Everything you need to know: The third option for Scottish independence

As of the Edinburgh Agreement signed last October, Scotland is holding a vote on independence in 2014. Regardless of the result, the polarized referendum campaigns (split between pro-union and nationalist camps) are leaving a gaping middle ground untouched—increased autonomy—which a majority of Scots believe is the next logical step for Scotland’s evolving union with Westminster.

By | Eagle Eye, Notebook | Monday, 28 January 2013 at 5:38 pm

Tough Catalonia and tough Scotland in search of independence?, Notebook

Tough Catalonia and tough Scotland in search of independence?

Following a record-breaking vote —the highest election turnout in 24 years, the Catalan News Agency reports— Catalonia has joined Scotland in taking the first steps towards becoming an independent country.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at 6:00 am

Punished at the Polls, Catalonia’s Artur Mas is Heading for Grim Coalition, Notebook

Punished at the Polls, Catalonia’s Artur Mas is Heading for Grim Coalition

On Sunday night Catalonia’s Artur Mas was set to win a landslide political victory that soon tuned into a bitter disappointment. Yes, Mr Mas was re-elected but he emerged as the biggest loser of the night.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 at 11:10 am

The Man Who Saved the Union, Eagle Eye

The Man Who Saved the Union

I have written about Michael Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland, in The Independent on Sunday today. He was once such an anonymous Cabinet minister that he featured in this Times photograph (right) illustrating a story about civil service job cuts.
But I think that he might come to be regarded as the most successful Liberal [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 4 November 2012 at 12:01 pm

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