Scotland and the break-up of Britain in 2014

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The SNP is paying the price for its botched currency logic.
Why is everything going wrong for the Scottish Yes campaign?
By James Maxwell - 13 August 16:04

The SNP is paying the price for its botched currency logic.

Far from obsessing over kilts, ceilidhs and pipers, nationalists today are pragmatic.
It is unionists, not nationalists, who are obsessed with identity
By Jamie Maxwell - 31 July 11:02

The mainstream nationalists' arguments for independence are broadly civic and pragmatic, it is the unionists who obsess about the threat an independent Scotland presents to "Britishness".

Why the Yes campaign isn't winning the economic argument in "middle" Scotland
By Jamie Maxwell - 18 July 15:06

The Yes campaign is losing the economic argument – this could be more to do with establishment unionism than seeing through the SNP's "bluff".

Pro-independence shirt. Photo: Getty
Gerry Hassan is wrong – radical Scotland has left its ghetto
By Jamie Maxwell - 11 July 14:15

Hassan’s account of Scotland’s “new radicals” – the generation of activists who have emerged over the last two years, as a result of the referendum – is guilty of the very thing Hassan warns against: over-simplification.

Ed Balls. Photo: Getty
Ed Balls’ corporate tax announcement is a pain for Scottish Labour
By Jamie Maxwell - 03 July 11:22

The shadow chancellor's recent praise of competitive rates of corporation tax makes life harder for the Scottish Labour party, which opposes the SNP's plan to reduce the corporate tax rate in Scotland.

Queen Elizabeth met with SNP leader Alex Salmond in Holyrood House in Edinburgh last year
The SNP can't duck the monarchy debate forever
By James Maxwell - 25 June 16:50

The calls for a Scottish republic will grow measurably louder following a Yes vote.

The former PM has had plenty of time to give us a glimpse of what his "progressive" Britain might look like. We’re still waiting.
The trouble with Gordon Brown
By James Maxwell - 11 June 11:00

The former PM has had plenty of time to give us a glimpse of what his "progressive" Britain might look like. We’re still waiting.

Like the Chancellor, the party has a vested interest in convincing voters that the crisis is over. But it isn't.
On the economy, the SNP is starting to sound Osborne-esque
By James Maxwell - 05 June 9:36

Like the Chancellor, the party has a vested interest in convincing voters that the crisis is over. But it isn't.

Who runs the No campaign and why are they trying to insult me?
Better Together vs the truth
By James Maxwell - 28 May 15:55

Who runs the No campaign and why are they trying to insult me?

It's not anti-immigrant populism Scots are immune to, it's English nationalism.
Why can't Ukip crack Scotland?
By James Maxwell - 21 May 12:58

It's not anti-immigrant populism Scots are immune to, it's English nationalism.

The nuclear weapons system is a red-line issue for the nationalist grassroots.
Even if it wanted to, the SNP couldn’t use Trident as a bargaining chip
By James Maxwell - 15 May 9:53

The nuclear weapons system is a red-line issue for the nationalist grassroots.

The claim that the only divide that matters is between the rich and the poor ignores the unequal distribution of political power.
Of course there is a north-south divide – and of course it matters
By James Maxwell - 07 May 10:58

The claim that the only divide that matters is between the rich and the poor ignores the unequal distribution of political power.