If Scotland gets control over its tax arrangements, transfer pricing within the UK will be a big problem - the amber nectar is a classic case in point.
‘It might take more than the king’s horses and the king’s men, your Highness’
The Bingham report on how to stabilise the UK is well meaning but out of step with the reality of the situation.
Tens of thousands have signed a petition for the north of England to join Scotland. But deeper cooperation rather than secession is the answer.
Difficulties need flagging up.
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The SNP's big Scottish victory might appear to put full fiscal autonomy right back on the agenda. But here's why it doesn't.
There may be trouble ahead…
The two epochal fights that will define Cameron's second term are coming into view – and he's starting to feel the pinch of a tiny majority.
London, the morning after the election.
The British election has come and gone, and the results have confounded the expectations of most pollsters. Words such as “historic,” “extraordinary” and “political earthquake” have been used to describe…
Cheers from the SNP as Labour’s Jim Murphy loses his seat.
After the astonishing events of the 2015 election, offering to implement the Smith proposals in Scotland will not suffice. The Tories will have to think bigger.
Under Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish National Party has swept Scotland at Labour’s expense.
The Murdoch press strategy of supporting the Conservatives in England and the SNP in Scotland reflected a common interest in denying Labour government in the UK election.
On May 8, a new battle begins.
One of the consequences of the SNP's rise is that the new UK government will have very few seats in Scotland. This looks set to become a hot potato after the election.
The mother of all crossroads.
The only way to seize the initiative back from the SNP is to build on the Smith Commission through a new Scottish Constitutional Convention
He’s back - again.
As the Scottish Nationalists gear up for a big win on May 7, the contribution of one man is in danger of being overlooked
‘Best job in the world’
Labour's Scottish position could not be any more grim. Here are some suggestions for the long road back to contention.
Jim Murphy in a spin.
Labour leader Jim Murphy is raising concerns that a big victory for Nicola Sturgeon will mean another referendum. Here's why they're wide of the mark.
The Ruth and nothing but the Ruth.
The Scottish Tory leader will need more than David Cameron's backing to lead the UK party.
Tax trouble in store?
Even with something far short of independence, international tax rules could cause major problems between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
‘Stone, scissors, paper.’
Ruling out a Labour arrangement with the Scottish nationalists will matter little after the election.
The PM chose Glasgow to unveil the Scottish Tory manifesto.
The SNP are the only major party that is yet to show its manifesto hand. Here's why it's probably not worth changing your plans to read it.
Has the SNP leader just been skewered or slandered?
The SNP leader stands accused of lying to the electorate about which party she wants to lead the next government. Here's the problem with the argument.
Most in the UK don’t have any other choice.
Holyrood is far better at female representation than Westminster. Here are some reasons for the difference.
The truth about Scots is sometimes surprising.
Some of Scotland's top political scientists have been thinking about the implications of the constitutional change taking place. Here are some of their observations.