Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party addresses delegates on the first day of the SNP conference in Aberdeen. Picture: Getty

Sturgeon tries to calm nerves about another referendum

15 October 2015 12:50

One of the key aims of this SNP conference in Aberdeen is for the party to reach out to those who…

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The government is already getting the EU Referendum Bill wrong

9 June 2015 17:44

The EU Referendum Bill has been accompanied by almost unprecedented flip-flopping and ‘reverse ferreting’. I think we have to accept that…

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Eurosceptics fear the ‘In’ campaign will get off to a head start

5 June 2015 16:05

As David Cameron predicted, we are hearing all sorts of ‘noises’ on whether or not his European renegotiation will succeed…

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Even if it’s a No vote, the fall out will be very complicated

18 September 2014 18:49

The most startling development over the past few days has not only been the narrowing of the polls but the…


The public voices for Scotland's no? Expats. Tory. Establishment. Posh. Why?

17 September 2014 12:34

Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I…

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Did STV just come out in favour of the Union?

8 August 2014 18:20

STV were left red faced after the live streaming of the independence debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling broke…


Ed Miliband adopts a rope-a-dope strategy on Europe

12 March 2014 13:05

Hopi Sen is not alone. There are many people in this country supremely indifferent to the whole and vexatious question…

Would you bet on the Scottish referendum outcome?

Betting on the future of Scotland — Parris vs. Massie

12 February 2014 9:55

How would you bet on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum? With Ladbrokes offering odds of 1/5 on a…

The constitutional referendum in Ireland has failed to capture the public's imagination. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

If you think the House of Lords is bad for democracy, try the Irish senate

4 October 2013 20:55

Waves of apathy, a tsunami of indifference, engulfed Ireland for today’s constitutional referendums. When I was over there last week,…

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Will an EU referendum kill the Scottish independence referendum?

9 May 2013 13:18

The UK faces two referendums about its future, not one.  As well as David Cameron’s promised ‘proper’ referendum on the…

British Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

Cameron’s EU referendum pledge makes winning the Battle for Britain more difficult

23 January 2013 12:53

At the risk of seeming parochial, I’d suggest that David Cameron’s long-awaited Europe speech and his endorsement of an In…

UK Prime Minister David Cameron Visits The North West

David Cameron's Europe "Strategy" is Going to Fail - Spectator Blogs

14 January 2013 14:45

This is unfortunate, not least because the Prime Minister is a greater realist than many of his erstwhile supporters. They,…

Boris Johnson hits back at Scottish independence [Alex Salmond is played here by Barbara Windsor]. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Can Alex Salmond regain his lost momentum after Britain’s summer of fun?

31 August 2012 17:57

Alex Salmond has gone rather quiet this summer. Before Britain’s season of fun, the SNP leader appeared unstoppable in his quest for…


Yes campaign launch will cause problems — for the independence movement

25 May 2012 20:00

Some of those who queued outside the Cineworld multiplex in Edinburgh for this morning’s Yes for Independence launch found it…


Miliband’s reshuffle isn’t necessarily to the left

16 May 2012 1:39

Ed Miliband’s reshuffle turned out to be a rather small affair. The news out of it is that control over…


The View from 22: Will the riots return?

10 May 2012 11:03

We haven’t done enough to prevent the riots of last summer happening again, says Simon Marcus in this week’s cover…


Why the Tories are shaping up for an EU referendum

10 May 2012 9:05

An EU referendum pledge in the next Tory manifesto is ‘basically, a certainty’ according to one of those most closely…


The contests that really matter today

3 May 2012 13:36

For the long-term future of Britain, perhaps, the most important contests today are the mayoral referendums in 11 of Britain’s…


Salmond chooses the Brownite way

4 March 2012 18:33

Can you trust someone like Alex Salmond to save Scotland from future crashes? The First Minister appeared on BBC1’s Sunday…


Cameron’s new offer for Scotland could mean a new offer for England

17 February 2012 9:26

The consensus opinion across most of today’s papers appears to be that Dave done good in Scotland yesterday. And now…


Cameron’s risky move could play into Salmond’s hands

16 February 2012 19:22

Not many politicians would conjure up the spectre of Alec Douglas-Home to scare the Prime Minister, but that is exactly…


Freedom for Shetland!

31 January 2012 18:20

If Scotland can claim independence — and a ‘geographical share’ of the oil regardless of population — then why can’t…


A skewed response to a skewed question

29 January 2012 16:24

‘A clear majority of people in Scotland now back independence, according to an exclusive poll for the Sunday Express. Using…


Salmond lays the ground for his referendum

25 January 2012 20:38

So now we have it: the ten words which Alex Salmond hopes will end Scotland’s 300-year-old membership of the United…


Welcome, Croatia

23 January 2012 12:28

Croatia’s EU referendum was overwhelming — more than two-thirds of voters favoured the young state’s accession to the European Union.…