Plus Help to Buy – no help to first time buyers?
Iain Martin wrote an excellent blog post yesterday, headlined, “David Cameron has played a blinder on the Scottish referendum”, which is true, if premature.
I have written that much of the credit for the Discomfiture of Alex Salmond, if it happens, belongs to Michael Moore, inexplicably sacked from the Cabinet by Nick Clegg, whose judgement continues [...]
Plus William Blake’s house for sale, and a decade of Scottish property and
I have written for The Independent on Sunday today about David Cameron’s defence of Trident in Scotland last week. Defence policy is one of those emotive, symbolic issues on which the Conservatives seem to be getting their message sorted out. Welfare is another.
The Scottish speech was significant for Cameron’s legacy too: at the moment, he [...]
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.
On the downside, house prices in Aberdeenshire are 5.7 times the average local income
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.
Recent issues surrounding the Astute class submarines of the Royal Navy have wide implications for Scotland. Firstly, twenty-five miles west of Glasgow, in Argyle and Bute, four Vanguard class submarines store the entirety of Britain’s nuclear capacity. The submarines were built and introduced in the 1990s, following the end of the Cold War; their launch [...]
I must apologise to my thoughtful and courteous respondent in the Scottish National Party, Kevin Pringle, for the delay in correcting my error in my post last week, which he pointed out.
I said that the last time an opinion poll in Scotland showed support for independence greater than opposition to it was in April 2008. He drew [...]
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 [...]
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