The Chancellor is on strong ground when he highlights Scotland's difficult currency options but his toxic reputation could damage the unionist cause.
Had Thatcher been a truly visionary politician, she would have established a wealth fund for the oil windfall, not squandered it on tax cuts and current spending.
The SNP could use Labour’s promise to maintain coalition austerity policies to increase union support.
18 September 2014 is the date.
The shadow foreign secretary calls for a national convention - "Scotland 2025" - "to chart a new vision for an old nation".
Scotland will not be forced to adopt a scorched earth approach to public spending if it leaves the UK.
If England pulls Scotland out of the EU against its will, the independence cause could be re-energised.
In the next five years, the Scottish independence referendum, an in/out EU referendum and a border poll on Northern Ireland could force a rethink of the entire British state.
Next year, a referendum on independence will determine Scotland’s future, but the country’s artists have already launched their own fight for freedom.
Electoral Commission says proposed referendum question "should be replaced by more neutral wording".