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David Cameron can’t afford any more slip-ups

From now until September 18th, the Scottish referendum will rightly dominate national politics. Tuesday night’s debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond is the Yes campaign’s last and best chance… Continue reading The post David Cameron can’t afford any more slip-ups appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why won’t the Salmond / Darling debate be shown in England?

The future of Britain is at stake, but you wouldn’t know it from how ITV is behaving. On Tuesday, STV will broadcast a live debate between Alex Salmond and the… Continue reading The post Why won’t the Salmond / Darling debate be shown in England? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

An Independent Scotland Won't Be Economically Viable

With Scotland's referendum on whether to leave the UK and become an independent country drawing ever closer, scrutiny of First Minister Alex Salmond's economic plan is becoming more and more heated. Below is an article by Jim Edwards...Show More Summary

Scotland will get into the EU, but only after years of difficult haggling

Any Ukippers wanting an early taste of life outside the EU should consider moving to Scotland, voting Yes in the forthcoming referendum and then praying that Alex Salmond triumphs. Although Salmond wants Scotland to be in the EU, it is clear, despite his increasingly desperate protests to the contrary, that getting an independent Scotland into [...]

Today’s poll shows Alex Salmond running out of time

There really isn’t much time left. From today, there are just nine and a half weeks until we go to the polls in the independence referendum. Also today, we have… Continue reading The post Today’s poll shows Alex Salmond running out of time appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scottish First Minister 'Pressured Financial Body to Drop Independence Report'

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has been accused of personally pressuring the chairman of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE), the body that represents the country’s financial services, to drop a report on independence. The Daily...Show More Summary

Listen: Could this George Galloway speech save the Union?

Unionists frequently lament the lack of passionate figures on the Better Together campaign, able to take on Alex Salmond. Thankfully, there is at least one such person — George Galloway.… Continue reading The post Listen: Could this George Galloway speech save the Union? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scottish independence: Gordon Brown's hand grenade will raise morale in the Nationalist camp

From my Evening Briefing email. Sign up here Gordon Brown made his noisiest intervention to date in the Scottish referendum debate today, saying – among other things – that David Cameron should directly debate with Alex Salmond. That remark went down badly with a lot of people in the No campaign that Mr Brown is [...]

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond has 100 days to find a game changer

And so the finish line finally draws into view. Eighty years after the SNP formed; 24 years after Alex Salmond first became party leader; 37 months since a whopping electoral majority made the referendum a reality, the final stretch is here. One hundred campaign days to go until Scotland votes on independence. For Salmond, a [...]

Why Europe and America don't want an independent Scotland run by shape-shifting Alex Salmond

The prospect of an independent Scotland is unsettling even normally laid-back leaders like President Barack Obama and Carl Bildt of Sweden, a foreign minister with experience of post-Cold War tensions that no current British decision-maker can claim. Obama made it clear on Thursday that America wanted a "strong, robust" and "united" Britain. Carl Bildt  expressed his [...]

Bogus Claims

Here's a photo of Scotland's First Minister showing off his footballing talents, but it could equally well be taken as a metaphor for Alex Salmond booting his political opponents up the arse, after a ridiculous own goal by the Treasury in the ongoing war of words over Scottish independence. Show More Summary

Salmond Admits Scottish Independence Oil Figures Don't Add Up

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was yesterday forced to admit that an independent Scotland could find itself deeper in debt than the rest of the UK after he had to ditch the oil revenue forecasts on which his plans for independence were based. Show More Summary

Face Of The Day

Politicians should not do sport-related photo-ops. Exhibit A: Alex Salmond and a football – pic.twitter.com/KnYrkbJK7J — alexmassie (@alexmassie) May 27, 2014

Coffee Shots: Alex Salmond’s beautiful game

Alex Salmond is a deft political player, but perhaps he’s best kept on the political pitch, rather than one involving footballs. Here’s what happened when he came into contact with… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Alex Salmond’s beautiful game appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Scotching a myth: Scotland is not as left-wing as you think it is

Alex Salmond and David Cameron have more in common than a shared appreciation for Andy Murray’s tennis. Not, of course, that you would ever persuade either of them to admit… Continue reading The post Scotching a myth: Scotland is not as left-wing as you think it is appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

If Scottish teens are backing the Union, in whose name are the Nats fighting?

Alex Salmond must be regretting his push for a change in the voting rules to get young people on board for his independence referendum. The SNP’s cynical ploy to extend the suffrage to 16- and 17-year-olds, based on a mistaken belief that youngsters would vote Yes, has backfired spectacularly as enfranchised teenagers across Scotland endorse [...]

Why are Alex Salmond's Scottish nationalists being so nasty and negative?

David Cameron is in Scotland making the positive case for the Union on a two day trip north of the border. At a pro-Union meeting in Glasgow he will evoke the memory of Labour's great lost leader John Smith, a Scot and all-round tremendous individual. Smith once gave me an interview lasting at least an [...]

Salmond Suggests Scotland Is a 'Nation of Drunks'

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has come under fire after characterising Scotland as a "nation of drunks". Mr Salmond, who wants to lead Scotland to independence in the forthcoming referendum, made the comments in a magazine interview that has already generated controversy thanks to his apparently supportive comments towards Vladimir Putin. Show More Summary

Alex Salmond receives a lesson from the school of foreign policy hard knocks

Look: Alex Salmond’s indulgent appraisal of Vladimir Putin’s record was foolish and naive and all too revealing but let’s not lose the heid. Scotland, even an independent Scotland, is not… Continue reading The post Alex Salmond receives a lesson from the school of foreign policy hard knocks appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Little Scotlanders Try to Convince EU to Allow an Independent Scotland

An independent Scotland would be a more constructive member of the European Union than a reluctant Britain, Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said on Monday.He believed EU members would welcome an "enthusiastic" Scotland into theShow More Summary

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