It is not surprising that the first Scottish opinion poll to be done since Alex Salmond published his White Paper on Independence last week would slip by almost unnoticed. After all,… Continue reading The post Nobody’s noticed, but the White Paper on Scottish independence has failed to move public opinion appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Government of Scotland has just released its 600-odd-page white paper on independence in advance of the September 18, 2014 referendum on the question. First Minister Alex Salmond and the rest of the pro-independence side have their work cut out, with the latest poll showing a 47-38% plurality in favor of “No.” In part, the […]
No rise in basic rate of tax, childcare system transformed and Royal Mail back in public sector Summary LAST UPDATED AT 13:48 ON Tue 26 Nov 2013 See related: Nine points behind - has Alex Salmond lost before he's begun? Scottish independence...Show More Summary
For the leadership of the Scottish National Party there was always going to be a dilemma when they got to this point, the moment they have dreamed of for decades. To persuade Scots to take the momentous decision to break up the Union they need to offer simultaneously reassurance and patriotic inspiration. But how can [...]
Alex Salmond, Scotland's first minister, is on his feet as I write, unveiling his 670-page blueprint for Scottish independence. Others will weigh in on the contents – from what I understand, the SNP is guaranteeing extended childcare, the retention of the pound, eternal prosperity and free unicorns for all – but there's something more troubling [...]
SNP MAKES CASE FOR SCOTS INDEPENDENCE Alex Salmond, the Scottish first minister, has unveiled his government's blueprint for an independent Scotland. A 670-page white paper promises no rise in the basic tax rate, a transformation of the childcare sector and a return to the public sector for Royal Mail. Show More Summary
Another poll sees Yes campaign lagging - but SNP could have a secret weapon in David Cameron Column Don Brind LAST UPDATED AT 12:34 ON Tue 26 Nov 2013 AS SCOTLAND'S First Minister Alex Salmond launched his blueprint for independence today, the latest opinion poll showed his Yes campaign trailing the No campaign by nine per cent. Show More Summary
Nothing has changed as a result of today’s White Paper. There is nothing that we found out today that we didn’t already know. Yesterday Alex Salmond’s case for breaking up… Continue reading The post Alistair Darling: the flaws in Alex Salmond’s white paper on independence appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
This is the @TelePolitics Evening Briefing. Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox ENGLAND ISN'T LISTENING Alex Salmond published his White Paper on Scottish independence. On leaving the Union, Scotland would be richer, happier, fairer and generally better, the paper argues. The English yoke lifted from their shoulders, Scots would be free to [...]
Treasury warns taxes in Scotland could rise by £1,000 per person per year if it leaves the UK One-Minute Read LAST UPDATED AT 09:29 ON Tue 26 Nov 2013 See related: Nine points behind - has Alex Salmond lost before he's begun? Scottish...Show More Summary
The Scottish government will focus on the potential economic gains from independence on Tuesday when it unveils its vision for the future if Scots choose to end a 306-year union with England.Alex Salmond, head of a devolved government...Show More Summary
Hosting the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond launched the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital, an all-inclusive, public-private partnership that aims to employ the emerging natural capital...Show More Summary
Where Nairn goes, so goes Scotland. And it’s bad news for Alex Salmond because my old school, Nairn Academy, held a mock referendum on Scottish independence yesterday and the white… Continue reading The post Blow to Salmond as Nairn Academy votes to save the union appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
From The Sunday Telegraph. It is the morning after the Scottish referendum in September 2014 and the Scots have voted to leave the Union. With Edinburgh Castle in the background, a grinning Alex Salmond stands triumphant, thumbs aloft, surrounded by delirious Nationalists doing victory jigs while mainlining malt whisky. Meanwhile, in London, a sombre David [...]
I admired the way that Alex Salmond rounded off his speech to the SNP conference at the weekend by asking voters - "If not now, when?" - in relation to Scottish independence. Now I'm not a member of or a supporter of the SNP - in fact...Show More Summary
A novice poker player quickly learns – or had better quickly learn – that strength often connotes weakness and weakness is a reliable indicator of strength. But as the stakes… Continue reading The post David Cameron ducks a debate with Alex Salmond. This makes sense but is still depressing. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
No doubt it will happen, because the Tories will not dare oppose it, but is there any conceivable good reason why 16-year-olds should have the vote, as first Alex Salmond,… Continue reading The post Why should 16 year olds get the vote? They don’t pay tax. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
I can't agree with Scotland's First Minister - Alex Salmond - that the future of the Royal Mail should be left until after next year's referendum on independence. To my mind that would be completely daft - not to mention impossible -...Show More Summary
Imagine the awkwardness when the Lib Dems worked out that their conference next year was due to take place at the same time as the referendum on Scottish independence. Alex Salmond, with his eye on a symbolic opportunity, chose the 700th anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn – if not the precise date itself – [...]
Polling on Scottish independence shows opinion staying stuck broadly against it in familiar proportions, despite the rising volume of campaigning. But as this will be is an unprecedented once for all exercise with plenty of “don’t knows”, or “not yet decided” in the frame, there are no grounds for complacency. The SNP’s White Paper on independence is expected […]