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5 reasons to be cheerful – even if you voted yes for Scottish independence

Very few political issues have made me vacillate as much as the Scotland independence referendum. I started as an instinctive no, but by the end of the campaign significant strands of my thinking had moved so completely over to yes that I woke up this morning feeling both relieved and disappointed. …

Federalism works in Germany but may not in Britain

In yesterday’s Observer, Andrew Rawnsley bemoaned the fact that the British helped to give Germany a federal constitution, but have not yet been able to give one to themselves. Federalism seems to be working out for Germany so could it – in a sort of constitutional re-import – be a model for a …

The Scotland ‘vow’: Labour has the most to lose

Just before the Scottish referendum, panicked by a YouGov poll suggesting that the yes campaign was ahead, the main UK party leaders made a “vow” via the front page of the Daily Record. This joint statement committed the signatories to the introduction of a bill that would devolve substantial new …

'It's time for moving on. We don't need to be bitter in Scotland'

Sitting across from each other in the small shopfronted gallery in Glasgow's West George Street, Ewan Kennedy and Terry Anderson look subdued and a little weary.<p>Surrounded by an exhibition of political cartoons covering the long, two-year referendum campaign, they are, like many Scots this weekend, …

After the referendum: the 10 most pressing questions facing the union

<b>Now that Scotland has voted no, what new powers are the main political parties offering?</b><p>In his pivotal speech ahead of the referendum, Gordon Brown offered a "modern form of home rule". Quite what that means is yet to be decided.<p>In his most recent intervention yesterday, Brown spoke of the need to …

Once-in-a-lifetime campaign that enthused, divided – then united a nation

The Scottish independence vote pitted neighbour against neighbour, young against old and even husband against wife in impassioned though generally good-natured debate. Both sides of the argument here give their views on the outcome – and suggest where the United Kingdom must head now<p>Andrew</b> …

People are energised – and this new way of doing politics is not going to change

Voters were presented with an astonishing proposition… Take everything you're used to in politics and put it to one side and start again<p>My suspicion is that a lot of Scots voted no on Thursday with a wearied sense of disappointment that they weren't doing something far more exciting instead. The …

Hopes and fears for Scotland: 'I hope this level of political engagement continues long into the future'

Guardian readers look back at the referendum and share their hopes and fears for the future of Scotland<p>Scotland rejected independence in the referendum voting to remain part of the 307-year-old union with England and Wales. Although the independence camp won large majorities in Glasgow and Dundee, …

I don’t want to be English if all it represents is poshness or football yobbery

Scotland’s referendum forced me to confront my own identity and I didn’t like what I saw. Perhaps it’s time we English had a referendum on independence - from England<p>I’ve never considered myself a unionist. The word still makes me blench – Orangemen marching, Gazza playing an imaginary flute to …

Watch A Video Of Alex Salmond Blaming The BBC For Ukip Getting Votes In Scotland

Alex Salmond had hoped to "freeze Ukip out of Scotland" in the European elections, however Nigel Farage's anti-EU party managed to pick up one seat …

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Comment: Whenever Cameron confronts Scottish independence, the 'no' campaign winces

The prime minister can't open his mouth on the Scottish referendum without strengthening the nationalist cause. As he's admitted himself, he's a …

Scotland gets more from the UK than it puts in, Alistair Carmichael claims

Country has UK to thank for safer banks, cheaper mortgages and greater financial protection, according to the Scottish Secretary<p>Scotland gets more back from the Union than it puts in, the Scottish Secretary said on Monday in a renewed attempt to promote the benefits of staying together ahead of the …

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