Salmond names Scottish independence referendum date

18 September 2014 is the date.

18 September 2014. That's the date that Scotland will vote on whether it should "become an independent country". Alex Salmond made the announcement in the Scottish Parliament, where it was greeted with applause from SNP MSPs. Only 547 days to go...

The most recent Ipsos MORI poll, published last month, showed 34 per cent of Scots in favour of independence (up four points since October), with 55 per cent opposed (down three points) and 11 per cent undecided. 

Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond. Photograph: Getty Images.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Word of the week: Michellania


Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.

Usage: 

"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

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