Chart of the day: Scottish independence

SNP support continues to dramatically exceed support for independence.

With David Cameron north of the border putting the case for the Union, today's chart of the day looks at how support for the Scottish National Party compares with support for independence.

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As the graph shows, although the SNP enjoys a level of suport that most political parties could only dream of, support for independence remains stubbornly low. All of which explains why Alex Salmond is so keen to have "devo max" as an option on the ballot paper in 2014.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.