The poll cited by the nationalists would leave Labour as the largest party.
Yes Scotland resorts to fearmongering with warning of Tory-Ukip coalition
By George Eaton - 12 September 17:16

The poll cited by the nationalists would leave Labour as the largest party. 

If it’s a narrow No, the campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum will begin on Friday 19 September.
Yes or No, this won’t be the “good result” that Better Together wanted
By Jason Cowley - 12 September 16:21

If it’s a narrow No, the campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum will begin on Friday 19 September.

Enoch Powell and Ian Paisley at a Unionist meeting in Belfast in 1974. Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images
From the archive: a 1987 NS profile of Ian Paisley, the “Ulster Autocrat”
By Peter Brooke - 12 September 14:19

As part of a series of profiles in the NS of politicians who “inspire fear and loathing abroad yet are often worshipped at home”, in 1987 Peter Brooke examined the patronage politics of the Reverend Ian Paisley.

Outgoing First Minister for Northern Ireland Ian Paisley waves goodbye to the media on the steps of Stormont Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 5 June 2008. Photo: Getty Images
Former DUP leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley passes away, aged 88
By New Statesman - 12 September 12:55

Dominant figure in Irish and British politics has died.

Local MPs aren’t helping the Tories overcome the great disadvantage our unreformed boundaries deal them.
The incumbency effect is hurting the Tories, not helping them
By Harry Lambert - 12 September 12:14

Local MPs aren’t helping the Tories overcome the great disadvantage our unreformed boundaries deal them.

The Yes side continues to lead among men by eight points, but trails among women by 16.
The Scottish Yes side's women problem gives No the edge
By George Eaton - 12 September 10:21

The Yes side continues to lead among men by eight points, but trails among women by 16. 

The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence.
Salmond's NHS claims have been shredded by the IFS
By George Eaton - 11 September 16:38

The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence. 

How would a Scottish Yes vote affect Northern Ireland's Unionist politics?
By Philip Bell - 11 September 16:02

The Scottish referendum campaign has served to weaken Ulster Unionist faith in a historical Ulster-Scots identity, and if Northern Ireland stays in the Union there may be more calls to integrate into the UK party system.

A new concept for the unemployed, the Job Centre. Two people seen reading the adverts.
Claimants will be forced to visit job centres for 35 hours a week or face sanctions
By Maya Oppenheim - 11 September 15:18

Selected job seekers will be obliged to visit their Job Centre five days a week and spend 35 hours looking for work.

No man: Jim Murphy and his Irn Bru crates hit Edinburgh's Grassmarket. Photo: Getty
Jim Murphy: on the road in Scotland for the No campaign
By Jim Murphy - 11 September 13:26

Barked at by a dog, watched by a Pet Shop Boy and heckled by a Yes-supporting horse.

Montage by Dan Murrell
Commons Confidential: BoJo’s Latin lesson
By Kevin Maguire - 11 September 13:24

Plus Ed’s “come back, all is forgiven” message to the trade unions for them to help the No campaign in Scotland. 

Gordon Brown speaks at a Better Together rally on in Kilmarnock, 11 September. Photo: Getty
Gordon Brown: I’ll stand for the Scottish parliament if Salmond keeps peddling lies
By George Eaton - 11 September 13:03

Former PM vows to return to “frontline politics” to secure a Scottish Labour government if the SNP keeps misleading voters over the NHS. 

Leader: The Union must change to survive
By New Statesman - 11 September 12:51

It is not the failure of the Tories alone that is powering the Scottish nationalist surge. There has been a huge loss of trust in Labour and most Scots of working age now support independence.

Pay up: a banner outside St Paul's Cathedral during the Occupy London protests. Photo: Rex/Matt Lloyd
Risky business: Peter Wilby on Owen Jones’s The Establishment
By Peter Wilby - 11 September 10:00

Jones is excellent on how the state, supposedly rolled back, has just changed its nature so that, as big as ever, it has become a creature of capital, controlled by the corporate sector.

A train crosses the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick-upon-Tweed
The Scottish referendum means Berwick-upon-Tweed faces an uncertain future
By Alexander Woolley - 11 September 7:12

Berwick-upon-Tweed is England's most Scottish town – concern has become the order of the day.

Big red buttons, a biscuit inquiry, and deforestation: notes from a Labour councillor in Kensington
By Andrew Lomas - 11 September 7:05

Andrew Lomas is new to the borough of Kensington and Chelsea as a Labour councillor. Here he reveals the drama of a full-scale biscuit inquiry.

The Houses of Parliament during a downpour. Photo: Getty
Even if the Union endures, the last vestiges of Westminster’s authority have been washed away
By George Eaton - 10 September 21:53

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg may be in office, but they have never seemed less in power. 

Yes campaign momentum halted as new survey puts No ahead by 53-47.
Scottish No side ahead by six points in new poll
By George Eaton - 10 September 19:13

Yes campaign momentum halted as new survey puts No ahead by 53%-47%. 

Miliband is under pressure to back the government's climate change plan
By Bob Ward - 10 September 17:02

Labour is facing a test of Ed Miliband's commitment to climate change ahead of its party conference later this month.

“Head, heart and soul”: Ed Miliband’s plea to Scotland
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 15:57

The Labour leader gave a speech in Scotland today, with an argument “from the head, from the heart, from the soul”. But using Labour's appeal in Scotland was his most promising strategy.

BP chief executive says No to Scottish independence
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 13:31

BP's chief executive, Bob Dudley, has confirmed his support for a No vote in the Scottish referendum.

The PM told Scots that the referendum was not about giving "the effing Tories" a kick.
Will Cameron's "effing Tories" remark help or hurt the No side?
By George Eaton - 10 September 13:05

The PM told Scots that the referendum was not about giving "the effing Tories" a kick. 

The Severn Bridge seen from Chepstow, Wales.
Operation disintegration: has the Scotland debate made regional parties smell blood?
By Alexander Woolley - 10 September 12:58

Time for a separate Cornish state, or an English First Minister? How about a breakaway Wales, or resurrecting Wessex? The UK's regional parties reflect on what the Scottish independence debate means for them.

Cranes operate near Battersea Power Station in London.
David Lammy on housing: "We cannot build some of the dross that's been built in the past"
By Alexander Woolley - 10 September 11:18

Labour MPs and potential rival mayoral candidates David Lammy and Tessa Jowell are among those fighting for co-operative approaches to London's problems.

A pro-independence campaigner at a rally in Edinburgh. Photo: Getty
Independence of the Scottish mind has shown up the failure of British nationalism
By Gerry Hassan - 10 September 10:24

Whatever the outcome of the referendum on 18 September, a different Scotland has emerged and found expression. The idea of independence has taken hold.

Net neutrality shows that global cooperation is more important than national independence
By Sam Fowles - 10 September 10:11

Today is a net neutrality "day of action". But what is net neutrality, and what does it tell us about today's debates on Scottish independence and EU membership?

Unionist disunity? John Major blames Labour’s “deadly legacy” for putting the Union at risk
By Anoosh Chakelian - 10 September 9:37

The former Conservative Prime Minister has stepped in to the Scottish independence debate, criticising the Labour party.

Lisa Nandy's speech at the Compass Annual Lecture: full text
By Lisa Nandy - 10 September 8:28

Nothing left to lose? Freedom and the left.

Air pollution in London is set to haunt Boris Johnson again
By Murad Qureshi - 10 September 8:19

Air pollution in London will haunt the Mayor of London once again, as his appearance at parliament's Environment Committee today marks an annus horribilis for air quality in the capital.

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