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Jim’s the new heid bummer. Danny Lawson/PA

Jim Murphy wins in Scotland … but can he save Ed Miliband?

So the bookies were right. The new leader of Labour in Scotland is indeed Jim Murphy. The challenge from Neil Findlay (less so Sarah Boyack) wasn’t enough to produce an upset. Not only is the future of…
Salmond sets out to march on London once more. Thierry Ehrmann

Exactly why does Alex Salmond want to return to Westminster?

Alex Salmond’s confirmation that he will contest the general election in 2015 completes what must count as one of the shortest retirements in British political history. While the pro-independence campaign…
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…
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/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…
The claws were out for Salmond and Darling’s first live televised debate. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland Decides ’14: Darling draws first blood by homing in on Salmond weak spot

The leaders of the rival campaigns in Scotland’s independence referendum battle have clashed in the first televised debate ahead of the September 18 poll. So, who came out on top? David McCausland, Head…
Gove got whacked this week, but will the Scots be bothered? Stefan Rousseau

Scotland Decides ’14: will the reshuffle affect the indyref?

In the hours after David Cameron unveiled the biggest cabinet reshuffle in a number of years, the Scottish first minister Alex Salmond took to the airwaves. Putting the eurosceptic Philip Hammond in charge…
By his own admission, Dave is not the most popular man in Scotland. Danny Lawson

Scotland Decides ’14: What to do with David Cameron?

The Better Together campaign has always had a problem. Such is Tory popularity in Scotland that the battle for the union was never going to be led by the biggest beast in British politics. Yet David Cameron…

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