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Fifty-three percent of Scots intend to vote 'no' to independence - poll

LONDON (Reuters) - Fifty-three percent of Scots intend to vote against splitting away from the United Kingdom in next week’s referendum, a poll showed late on Wednesday.<p>'No Thanks' badges are displayed during campaigning by Alistair Darling, the leader of the campaign to keep Scotland part of the …

‘Home rule’ for Scotland means the English question must finally be answered

We are now on the verge of the biggest set of constitutional changes in living memory. Even if Scotland votes No, there is going to be a move towards a far more federal UK.<p>The timetable Gordon Brown is announcing this evening for a ‘Home Rule Bill’, borrowing the phrase off Gladstone and the Lib …

Spectator podcast special: Scotland’s shock poll

Would you bet on Scotland staying in the union? Isabel Hardman asks Hamish Macdonell, my former <i>Scotsman</i> colleague, in a podcast she presented this morning. Its about a minute from the end:<p>listen to ‘Scotland’s ‘yes’ camp takes the lead (Spectator podcast special)’ on Audioboo<p>Hamish says he thinks …

Westminster is definitely not panicking or cobbling together anything

Here are a number of things that the Westminster parties’ response to the narrowing Scottish independence polls have definitely not been. Absolutely definitely not.<p>1. A cobbled-together response<p>The three parties deciding to announce the new powers for Scotland and timetable for the handover of …

Come in Britain, your time is up

How do you kill an idea? That is the Unionist quandary this weekend. For a long time now the Better Together campaign has based its hostility to Scottish independence on the risks and uncertainties that, unavoidably, come with independence. This, they say, is what tests well with their focus …

People power can save the Union

If Scotland does vote for separation—as the latest YouGov poll suggests it will, we’ll enter the most unpredictable political period in living memory.<p>But before we start contemplating the consequences of a Yes vote, it is worth thinking about what is giving independence momentum in Scotland. It is …

Scotland won’t become a foreign country just because of a vote

Hugo Rifkind had an interesting piece in the Times yesterday on the Scottish referendum arguing that the No campaign, by focussing on economics and pragmatism (where they obviously have the edge), had totally conceded the realm of emotion and attachment. Yet Rifkind, coming south in his twenties to …

After a referendum campaign like this, will even no mean no?

The success of Yes Scotland seems less shocking when you see the anti-political mood it has tapped into<p>Listen<p>This is really happening. The Scots could vote to end the greatest, most successful union in human history next week. Westminster has, at last, woken up to this threat and what it would mean …

Devolution has given power to politicians, not people. Independence won’t change that

Gordon Brown has spoken, and the unionist parties are in agreement: if there’s a ‘no’ vote then more powers will be given – we’re told – ‘to Scotland’. There’ll be another commission and another Scotland Act. This so-called Devo Max should have been offered six months ago; to offer it in the last …

Why I am voting No

Listen<p>Once upon a time, a long while ago, I lived in Dublin. It was a time when everything seemed possible and not just because I was younger then. The country was stirring too. When I arrived it was still the case that a visa to work in the United States was just about the most valuable possession …

One week to save Britain

The Scottish independence referendum is the most important vote in recent British history<p>Listen<p>Next week, the most important vote in recent British history will be held. Indeed, it may well turn out to be one of the last ballots in British history. Seven months ago, this magazine devoted its front …

'Please, stay with us': the best of Spectator readers' letters to Scottish voters

It's not about economics – it's about Britain, its values, and what might be destroyed if the country is snapped in two<p>Listen<p>At 9.30 p.m. last Saturday news broke that Scotland’s ‘yes’ campaign had established its first opinion poll lead. Since then, the country has been confronting the possibility …