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Spectator writers on the good, the bad and the ugly moments of the IndyRef

James Forsyth Until that YouGov poll putting Yes ahead, the No camp had steered clear of making an emotional appeal. But in the aftermath of that poll, people—finally—began to speak… Continue reading The post Spectator writers on the good, the bad and the ugly moments of the IndyRef appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scottish independence referendum results: what to expect

Coffee House is ready to cover the independence referendum results, and we’ll be bringing you news and analysis throughout the night. Isabel Hardman, James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson will be blogging –… Continue reading The post Scottish independence referendum results: what to expect appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

All the signs are that the turnout is large

But does this benefit NO or YES? Less than three hours to go and all the indications that that the turnout is very large. At this stage there’s nothing to measure it against and it’s hard making a prediction on something which there’s an active betting market. Quite who this benefits most is also hard […]

The Clacton campaign in full swing

It is three weeks since Douglas Carswell's resignation and the by-election campaign in Clacton is now well underway. The candidates have been picked, dozens of activists are out leafleting and shoppers are getting used to being accosted...Show More Summary

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

The most startling development over the past few days has not only been the narrowing of the polls but the consequential commitment of the three UK party leaders to Gordon… Continue reading The post Even if it’s a No vote, the fall out will be very complicated appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The John Cantlie video shows Islamic State have taken a leaf out of Vice’s book

Islamic State (IS) have just released a new video that features the journalist John Cantlie. Until now, his whereabouts in Syria were unknown, but it now looks as if he has… Continue reading The post The John Cantlie video shows Islamic State have taken a leaf out of Vice’s book appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour seeks business support for faster increases in the minimum wage

With Labour conference next week, a letter has gone out to business people from Alan Buckle, the senior accountant who Ed Miliband appointed to look at how to boost the minimum… Continue reading The post Labour seeks business support for faster increases in the minimum wage appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scottish independence: the campaigning is over, but will the ugliness disappear too?

Unionists, this one included, have joked over the past few days about where we’d go if the unthinkable happens and Scotland votes for independence. So far, I think I have managed to secure political asylum in Twickenham, the Ardeche in southern France and a corner of Canada (not Quebec). Of course, the likelihood of being [...]

In praise of Den-zel

His Christian name is only two syllables, with the stress (following the African-American pronunciation) on the second. Two syllables that are a byword for urbane cool. A mellifluous shibboleth – the… Continue reading The post In praise of Den-zel appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Possibly not good news for the Scottish separatists: the final two polls to be completed have NO with the largest leads

Final @IpsosMORI phone poll has YES 47 NO 53 This is same as @Survation phone poll where fieldwork finished at 9pm last night — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) September 18, 2014 @IpsosMORI poll carried out Monday & Tues had 2% NO lead The one completed last night had 6% NO lead. — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) September 18, 2014 So […]

If it’s a No, the Unionist side must work hard to renew a sense of Scottish pride in Britain

Until that YouGov poll putting Yes ahead, the No camp had steered clear of making an emotional appeal. But in the aftermath of that poll, people—finally—began to speak about Britishness… Continue reading The post If it’s a No, the Unionist side must work hard to renew a sense of Scottish pride in Britain appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: A heroic little nation

From ‘A review of the war’, The Spectator, 19 September 1914: It is the duty of all English publicists to make people here understand the splendid heroism with which the… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: A heroic little nation appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Whoever wins the election, the ‘yes’ side has emphatically won the campaign

As I left Edinburgh this morning, en route to Inverness, I passed about four ‘yes’ activists cheerily wishing me good morning, asking if I have voted and would I like… Continue reading The post Whoever wins the election, the ‘yes’ side has emphatically won the campaign appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scottish independence: tonight will be a night unlike any other

Tonight will be a night like no other. Never before have we gone to sleep not knowing which country we will live in when we wake. Yes, some, possibly even many – and certainly many Scots – will stay up, or perhaps rise early, in order to hear the result as it comes. But for [...]

Alex Salmond wants a funny sort of independence for Scotland

Following a Yes vote tonight, Alex Salmond has estimated the start up costs of the governance of new nation at £200m. By comparison, that is the same sum set aside by the Treasury in March to fix potholes in Britain's roads, and less than half the cost of Nick Clegg's programme of universal free school [...]

A No vote will create a schism between the voters of Scotland and its artists and writers

With the Scottish independence referendum drawing closer, two Newsweek Europe magazine correspondents and friends – Finlay Young (Scotsman), and Simon Akam (Englishman) – travelled the length of the United Kingdom… Continue reading The post A No vote will create a schism between the voters of Scotland and its artists and writers appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Five big losers – and five big winners – from the Scottish referendum campaign

The Scottish referendum vote today will be one of the most momentous days in British political history. But even before the result, it's possible to make some preliminary judgments about who's emerged best from the campaign, and its likely consequences for the rest of the UK. THE LOSERS David Cameron He obviously cares deeply about [...]

Be Not Afraid

Here's a perfectly judged and beautifully written piece on the Scottish referendum by Alex Massie in The Spectator - his old friend Tommy Tonner would be proud of these fine words, the conduct of the Yes campaign and the way that so many people have rolled up their sleeves and got involved. Show More Summary

Everything IS Different Now

Here's a post by an old friend of mine, John McTaggart, who has shared his thoughts on the Scottish referendum campaign on Facebook. John was a modern studies teacher in Edinburgh where we first met and amongst other things he now runs...Show More Summary

'Gang Aft Agley'

Even before the ink has dried on their much vaunted 'Vow' over new powers or 'Devo Max' for the Scottish Parliament, the New Statesman (a Labour friendly magazine) is pouring scorn on the ability of the Westminster parties to deliver on their pledge. Show More Summary

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