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English votes for English laws (EV4EL) – the question is whether Cameron is able to deliver

Election pledges won’t count after the Lisbon Treaty experience In 1787, a group of Americans came together and wrote a whole new constitution for their country from scratch in the space of four hot and humid months.  Two and a quarter centuries later, it’s still going strong.  True, they didn’t have the complicating factors of […]

It’s hard to see anyone other than Nicola Sturgeon winning the SNP leadership

Nicola Sturgeon 1/3 favourite with William Hill http://t.co/orbZ1dFWfn to succeed Salmond as SNP keader. pic.twitter.com/S2LRjzaSlj — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) September 19, 2014 After Alex Salmond’s not unexpected departure thisShow More Summary

In praise of Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond has proved himself the most effective party leader in Europe, let alone Britain. He has just run a terrifyingly effective campaign, perhaps the best I will ever witness.… Continue reading The post In praise of Alex Salmond appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Miliband’s carnival of constitutional tinkering

There is a certain irony in the fact that Miliband is protecting his party’s Scottish advantage by accusing the Prime Minister of allowing ‘this moment to be used for narrow… Continue reading The post Miliband’s carnival of constitutional tinkering appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

South East devolution on the agenda

The lights remained on all night in Downing Street - I am told David Cameron was following the results closely. No doubt there was a huge collective sigh of relief behind the famous black door when it became clear that the people ofShow More Summary

Barnett bonus for political anoraks

Christmas has come early for constitutional geeks who can spend the next few months enjoying a time when constitutional issues dominate the domestic political agenda. If, on the other hand, you're the sort of person whose eyes glazeShow More Summary

Change is coming to the constitution

There has never been a day in politics like this one. A vote to reject massive constitutional change in one part of the UK has triggered a debate about just that in every part of it. The man without whom this might never have happened...Show More Summary

Powers, pounds and politicians

Another quiet day in politics. Alex Salmond is standing down, Ann Clwyd isn't and Guto Bebb is very sorry. The United Kingdom may never be the same again (copyright all politicians) but many of those involved in Welsh constitutionalShow More Summary

Podcast special: Alex Salmond’s resignation

Was Alex Salmond’s resignation a surprise? And what should the SNP do now that it has lost the referendum that it fought for over so many years? In a View… Continue reading The post Podcast special: Alex Salmond’s resignation appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The left cannot be an anti-English movement.

During the referendum campaign nothing astonished me and Labour campaigners more than left wing English intellectuals embracing Scottish nationalism. It was not that they did not have the right to… Continue reading The post The left cannot be an anti-English movement. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Alex Salmond falls on his sword – will his party fall with him?

Before the referendum, all the speculation was about whether it would do for David Cameron. Instead, it is Alex Salmond who has fallen on his sword. The timing is strange. There did not seem to be much pressure for this from below, and there are months of wrangling ahead about what extra powers will be [...]

The referendum claims its first casualty – Alex Salmond

BBC report on Salmond pic.twitter.com/Y4feUFJoeM — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) September 19, 2014 You could have got 3/1 from Paddy Power on this during the night. In many ways this was the natural conclusion to his fight over the years. Salmond had his brilliant success at the Holyrood elections when the SNP achieved what no other […]

Breaking: Alex Salmond resigns

In the past few minutes, Alex Salmond has told a press conference that he is resigning as leader of the SNP and will stand down as First Minister. More to… Continue reading The post Breaking: Alex Salmond resigns appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Devolutionary deals?

Bids for more devolved powers are flooding in from the English regions. Here's a guest post from my colleague, Tim Donovan, the BBC's political editor in London. "London's mayor Boris Johnson seized on the prime minister's remarks that details about a new devolutionary deal for cities will be revealed soon. He had just the plan, he said. Show More Summary

Who can explain the dead rabbits I keep seeing everywhere?

Can anyone explain why there are so many dead rabbits lying around at the moment? I’ve found three in my garden, untouched by predators, and the lanes nearby are festooned… Continue reading The post Who can explain the dead rabbits I keep seeing everywhere? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Celebrities react badly to the referendum result

As the Saltires are put away and the fireworks dismantled, some celebrities waking up to the Scottish referendum result took it rather badly, the poor lambs. Russell Brand was in his… Continue reading The post Celebrities react badly to the referendum result appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Local By-Election Preview: September 18th 2014 (Referendum Day)

Abergele, Pensarn on Conwy (Lab Defence) Result of council at last election (2012): Independents 19, Conservatives 13, Plaid Cymru 12, Labour 10, Liberal Democrats 5 (No Overall Control, Independents short by 14) Result of ward at last election (2012): Labour 407 (55%), Independent 186 (25%), Conservative 145 (20%) Candidates duly nominated: Barry Griffiths (Ind), Val […]

Neverendum: 'Not at this stage'

So when is the next independence referendum? No, hang on. Stop whimpering like that. Bear with me. You may soon have withdrawal symptoms from the campaign, so why not plan for the next one? After all, 1.6 million people wanted Scotland...Show More Summary

Indyref: Will Westminster really change?

Lord Ashcroft’s post-referendum Scotland poll gives politicians claiming they’ve ‘heard’ voters a number of clues if in reality they’re still a bit confused. It suggests that those last few days… Continue reading The post Indyref: Will Westminster really change? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Aftershocks and apprehension

The aftershocks of the referendum will dominate the next parliament. Here's why. The best way of dealing with the "West Lothian Question", the former Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine once remarked, is not to ask it. There was a time when...Show More Summary

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