UK Referendum

Inheriting Scotland: Will Young Scots Back Global Millennial Trend of Togetherness or Seek Path to Independence?

Danny Bartlett | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

Data suggests young Scots see themselves as British and claims the digitised world may influence their vote to stay a part of the Union...

Why Scotland Shows the Future of Politics

Adam Hamdy | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Rather than being an aberration, Scotland may prove to be a trailblazer. In the same way that it has transformed media and communication, the Internet has the potential to radically alter government. We have the tools at our disposal to hold instant national votes on important political issues.

Should the Rest of the UK Care About the Prospect of Scottish Independence?

Ian Baxter | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

Scottish residents are about to vote on whether the country should become independent. The rest of the UK won't get a vote (even if they're Scottish!) but the outcome matters to all of us for practical not just emotional reasons.

What Does a 'Yes' Mean for the Property Market?

Michael Bruce | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK
Michael Bruce

There are clearly strong views on both sides of the debate and I don't intend to express opinions either way although the outcome could have a bearing on the housing market in general. What might the impact be?

The Flowering of Satire in the Caledonian Spring

Sara Sheridan | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

Kevin Bridges joked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month that in the wake of the Referendum vote in Scotland it was as if the whole country was...

Devolution Needs to Look Beyond the Scottish Referendum to Power Our Cities Across the Whole UK

Jim O'Neill | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jim O'Neill

The degree of centralised control in the UK is dramatic compared to other major economies, whether developed or developing, and it doesn't seem obvious as to why this makes good economic sense for either those that live in different parts of the country nor the country as a whole.

Why YouGov's Latest Opinion Poll still implies Scotland will vote 'No'

Dan. Falvey | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dan. Falvey

Yesterday's Scottish referendum poll conducted by YouGov has caused real panic amongst those supporting the better together campaign after the opinion...

Scottish Independence: Advertising Isn't Selling

Chris Hirst | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Hirst

Advertising may not have had the power to change people's minds in this referendum, but whatever the result, communications must deal with the fallout, be part of the necessary reconciliation and rebuilding going forward. But they will need to be a lot braver if they are to succeed.

Why 'Yes' Vote Would Be Great for Rest of the UK, As Well as Scotland

Natalie Bennett | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Our support for a "yes" vote isn't just a matter of passively following the lead of the Scottish Green Party, nor is it even just our no-comprise respect for the principle of self-determination, the right of peoples to decide their own future. First, we see the exciting possibilities of a new state in Scotland. It's a country whose voters have never been neoliberal, never voted neoliberal, where active espousal of the privatisation, austerity agenda that's done so much to protect and enhance the position of the rich in our society has got the Tories to where they are today north of the border, which is nowhere at all.

Alex Salmond Is Not A Fan Of This 'Flawed' Currency Poll

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

Research suggesting that more than half of voters in England are opposed to an independent Scotland using the pound has been condemned as "flawed" by ...

This DWP Referendum Memo 'Could Have Been Written A Lot More Sensitively'

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has defended a memo sent to staff telling them they had to support the UK Government in its objective to ma...

Bias at the BBC

Sara Sheridan | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

If you think this is only a Scottish issue, you'd be wrong. On 21st of June 50000 anti-austerity marchers hit the streets of London and the BBC didn't produce a single word about it. By contrast in 2011 a pro-Austerity march by the Tax Payers Alliance which totalled 350 people was covered in detail. It's not only our BBC that is at fault here - it's your BBC too.

After the Scottish Referendum

John Watson | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Watson

No one knows how Scotland will vote. Perhaps "yes" and, then again, perhaps "no". Either way the aftermath of the decision is likely to be far more interesting than the campaign which precedes it.

Let Glasgow Flourish

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Wasim Mahmood

If you are undecided or find yourself wavering in your decision to vote Yes, pause, step back and take a clear-headed look at what more the Union could possibly offer. One glance at the political, social and economic landscape before you is evidence enough that it is time to take a different course.

100 Days Until Scotland's Referendum, And The No Vote Is Losing Support

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

Undecided voters in the independence referendum have moved to Yes at a rate of two to one compared with those who have shifted to No, according to the...

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.

What the Rise of Ukip Means for the Political Establishment

John Mills | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The recent European elections were certainly a wake-up call for the major political parties and the Westminster political class in the UK, but it takes a bit of interpretation to be clear exactly what the message the electorate delivered was.

What Happens To Westminster's Scottish MPs After A Yes Vote?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Politics

Scottish MPs should be allowed to keep their seats beyond a Yes vote in the referendum, a House of Lords committee has concluded. Peers say the 59 ...

The Religious Evangelism of the Easter Bunny

Rod Macfarlane | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Macfarlane

As we approach the Easter weekend and the most significant time in the Christian calendar, my thoughts have been divided between David Cameron proclaiming to all his Christian faith and the matter of Scots Independence.

Some Pity for Putin

Gregor Smith | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

Good old Vlad is propping up the news again as the shiftiest world leader. Apart from Kim Jong Un. Or Xi Jinping. Or King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Or - who's that bloke who controls the biggest, most notorious 'intelligence' agency in the world? Oh, of course, US President Barack Obama. Or, for that matter, his chum David Cameron...

Give Scotland Back to the Scottish

Mark Piggott | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Piggott

Ever met a nice Scotsman? Me neither. I mean Armando Iannucci, Lou Macari and Wattie out of Exploited (get well soon) seem okay, though I wouldn't want to live next door to any of them, but the rest? Buckfast-slurping, sheep-stomach-scoffing, heart-attack-having, currency-stealing cry-babies.

Miliband, Cameron and the Chances of EU Treaty Change

Adam Hug | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hug

Ed Miliband's announcement that the Labour Party would only commit to an in/out EU referendum in the event of major EU treaty change sets up a significant fault line between his party's policy and that of the Conservatives.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed (Almost) Rules Out EU Referendum

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 12 March 2014... 1) ED (ALMOST) RULES OUT EU REFERENDUM Ever since David Cameron buckled ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Nazi' Ukip Has Done Us A Favour, Says Tory MP

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 7 March 2014... 1) 'NAZI' UKIP HAS DONE US A FAVOUR, SAYS TORY MP Forget the infamous 'fruit...

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.