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Can the genie be put back in the bottle? Andrew Milligan/PA

Scotland Decides ’14: if No wins, what happens next?

Will the heady blend of Westminster love-bombing, ominous corporate warnings and a saltire flag over Downing Street be enough to persuade the Scots to come back into the fold? We have already looked at…
Scotland has lit a fire under sterling. mudricky

Sterling may take a pounding whatever Scotland decides

While Edinburgh and London wrestle over the future of the pound, it has has been sinking. The slide (especially against the US dollar) is widely seen as a knee-jerk reaction to the possibility of Scotland…
The Victorian view of William “Braveheart” Wallace was somewhat different. stocksolutions

The real reason Yes Scotland avoids Braveheart nostalgia

In 1998 Alex Salmond dismissed doubts over Scotland’s Celtic lineage as “ignorance bordering on silliness”. In 2007 he expounded a vision of the country as a “Celtic lion” economy. In 2005 a Scottish National…
Salmond’s detractors still think his campaign has the currency blues. BasPhoto

Salmond’s plan B currency alternatives clarify nothing

In the second TV debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond, the currency issue was again to the fore. This was almost inevitable after it was the Scottish first minister’s undoing in the previous…
Salmond/Darling: don’t get carried away with the snap polling. David Cheskin

Salmond vs Darling debate: the perceived winner is not what matters

To work out who won the debates between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, you have to ask the audience. The trouble is that different audiences will tell you different things. If you asked the studio…
Alex Salmond played the NHS card this week, to much derision from Better Together. Scottish Government

Scotland Decides ’14: is the NHS fair game?

David Cameron and other prominent unionists have accused Alex Salmond of desperation over his decision to question the future of the NHS in Scotland if it stays in the UK in recent days. The first minister’s…
Leading intellectual Tom Devine with Alex Salmond at this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival. Andrew Milligan/PA

Tom Devine: why I now say Yes to independence for Scotland

Tom Devine, Scotland’s most celebrated historian of recent years, sent shockwaves through the country when he revealed in a news report in The Observer newspaper last weekend that he intends to vote in…

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