UK Independence

Salmond and Darling: Who Has It Right on Scotland's Oil?

Johnny West | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Johnny West

Darling's assertions that Salmond's claims about revenues from the North Sea are bullish are true. The last few weeks have seen a bewildering range of claims not just by the politicians but by experts who seem to have been drawn into both sides of the debate.

Is Iraq a Cold House for the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It is becoming increasingly feasible that the Kurds will no longer remain in the cold house that Iraq again became and parts of which are now ablaze. The response to the yes or no question on independence is becoming a definite maybe.

Scottish Independence Referendum: The Final Countdown

Alistair Carmichael | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Alistair Carmichael

Many milestones have already been marked on the road to the independence referendum as our nation prepares to make a significant choice - almost certainly the most significant decision many of us will make in a lifetime. As we reach the 100 days to go mark, I see a marked shift in how people are viewing the crucial vote. Travelling around Scotland I have seen a growing appetite for debate and, alongside that, a continuing clamour for more information and facts.

Multicultural Britain 2.0 Is the Best Answer to Ukip: We Need to Learn How to Live at Ease With Our Diversity

Malory Nye | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

There have been many predictions that both the Conservatives and Labour will move to the right in the next year, out of fear of the impact of Ukip's anti-multiculturalism. I am not sure if this is the necessary and 'politically correct' route to ensure electoral success in 2015.

Thistles at Dawn

Rob McDowall | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

To my friends, family and foe it's no secret that I'm banging the drum for Independence and praying for a YES vote in just under 157 days, but one thing that needs to be said is that I am not an SNP supporter...

Independence: Why Scotland Is Facing the Same Political and Media Backlash as Somaliland

Awoowe Hamza | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics
Awoowe Hamza

Perhaps both countries should be independent, perhaps they shouldn't. The arguments on both sides are very convincing for Scotland and Somaliland. But what should definitely happen is that an open debate should be held that considers this from all perspectives and that everyone remains true to the strongest pillar of democracy, the pillar that protects the right of self-determination of any people...

It Won't Be Politics as Usual If the Scots Go Their Own Way

Carl Thomson | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Carl Thomson

Despite the effected disinterest of some of their English MPs, the breakup of the union could shatter the Conservatives. After all, what would be the purpose of a right-wing party that can no longer uphold the most basic and fundamental tenant of conservatism - the preservation and continuation of the nation.

Can Scotland Inspire Kurdish Independence? Let's Leave Iraq!

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has made little effort to mend Kurdish grievances, instead we are his puppets during elections. The more aggression he shows towards Kurdish people, the more support he is likely to receive from voters. We should stop being puppets in his orchestrated show and instead work towards independence.

Blurred Lines

Martyn Stewart | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Stewart

In a nutshell, it seemed to me that the women wanted to live a traditional life but have unrestricted leeway enabling them to be independent whenever or wherever they decide, regardless of any prior situation, circumstances or statements to the contrary.

We Need a Parliament and Constitution for the Whole Country, Not SNP and UKIP Delusion

David Miles | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Miles

Apart from 2014 being the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games, and that Scotland plays host to the Ryder Cup, the vote on Scottish independence is also being held 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War.

Can You Find Kurdistan on a Map?

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ruwayda Mustafah

This picture was taken in the outskirts of Erbil city, Kurdistan. I was passing by a local café recently and decided to have tea with Gozleme, wh...

Why a Swiss Yes Could Lead to a Scottish No

Robin Lustig | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

My hunch is that, paradoxically, the Swiss Yes to immigration quotas makes a Scottish No to independence more likely. There'll be more warnings of the price to be paid for years of political uncertainty, potential instability and investor nervousness. Pro-independence campaigners will call it bullying; the anti-independence camp will call it setting out the facts.

The UK Is Not a Brand

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Margaret Heffernan

Everything from friendships to schools to art and love has been productized and marketized until we no longer have a ready language with which to describe or ascribe value that doesn't have a price. The philosopher Michael Sandel has written brilliantly and extensively on the subject, asking if there is anything left which we aren't willing to buy and sell. Safety? Justice? Freedom? Your children?

Sensible Talks on Currency Will Begin After a Yes Vote

Mark Shaw | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Shaw

Setting aside the usual thinly-disguised glee that comes from some in the official No campaign whenever they can repeat their 'Scotland can't do' mantra, their argument against a monetary union after a Yes vote does not stand up to scrutiny, on a number of levels...

Why the YES Campaign Needs Labour Voters

Alan Wyllie | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

It is simple mathematics: For Scotland to vote Yes in the Independence Referendum, Pro-Independence campaigners need to persuade traditional Labour voters to turn against the Labour party and vote Yes in September. Without these votes, the sums don't add up and a No vote is inevitable.

'It's Too Dangerous To Leave Independence Debate To Politicians'

PA | Posted 27.12.2013 | UK Politics

The independence referendum is too important to be left in the hands of politicians, comedian Rory Bremner said as he called for more humour in the de...

Take It From a Welsh Girl: Why Scotland Shouldn't Pursue Independence

Rebeca Moss | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rebeca Moss

As a Welsh girl studying in Edinburgh, it is with a heavy heart that I hear the nationalistic cries for independence. You can't fool me SNP, with your White Papers and your shoddy economic policies. I've heard it all before, albeit in slightly Welsher accents.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Behind On The Bedroom Tax

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 19 September 2013... 1) BEHIND ON THE 'BEDROOM TAX' How's the 'spare room subsidy/'bedroom tax' doi...

Fair Play for Catalonia

Roger Albinyana | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Roger Albinyana

On 11th September, Catalan national day, 1.6 million ordinary people formed a human chain the length of Catalonia, calling for things that the British take for granted: freedom and democracy.

Scotland Will Rid the UK of the Nuclear Threat

Neil Scott | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Scott

When Scotland votes Yes in the referendum, I firmly believe this will see the end of nuclear weapons based on the British Isles. Whether or not NATO decides to house them elsewhere on the European mainland is contentious.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: All In This Together? Come Off It

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 11 July 2013... 1) ALL IN THIS TOGETHER? COME OFF IT Whether or not you agree with the guys and gir...

Independence Day

Elaine Benton | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Whatever independence day you are celebrating, whether it be a National Holiday or a more personal achievement, enjoy your freedom and treasure your health - a precious gift which is often taken for granted.

Ukip Supporters More Likely To Vote Tory If Boris Was Leader

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics

More than a third of Ukip voters would be more likely to support the Conservative party if Boris Johnson replaced David Cameron as leader, new polling...

Ukip Sends Campaign Leaflet To Dead Scottish Politician

Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage has been in Scotland for less than a day but his party Ukip has already come under fire after sending a campaign leaflet to the grieving ...

Salmond's Scotland: Independence Without Independence

Richard L Wood | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Politics
Richard L Wood

It is clear that the SNP's version of independence is not full independence and that could be detrimental to Scotland. The report supported by the Scottish government to retain the same welfare set-up with the UK has been the latest report to exemplify this point.