I won’t resume the debate about how Labour would have fared if John Smith, who died 20 years ago today, had lived. John McTernan pays tribute here, and Ian Bell also had a fine eulogy last week.
But McTernan’s article did pose one question that stands for the whole. The question is whether Smith would have [...]
Pooled interview with Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor, on the possibility of a currency union with Scotland after independence.
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 [...]
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.
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