What happens if Scotland votes Yes? The Andy Murray Question and other unknowns
By New Statesman - 18 September 8:10

We've heard a lot about the implications for the currency and the EU, but what would a Yes vote mean for culture, sport, elections and international treaties?

The belief that waves of proletarian Scots will carry the nationalists to victory seems far-fetched.
Scottish Yes and the myth of the masses
By Jason Cowley - 18 September 0:29

The belief that waves of proletarian Scots will carry the nationalists to victory seems far-fetched. 

Cameron will need Miliband's support to win a vote on military action. But all the signs are that he will get it.
The decision on whether to intervene in Iraq now rests in Labour’s hands
By George Eaton - 18 September 0:03

Cameron will need Miliband's support to win a vote on military action. But all the signs are that he will get it. 

Scottish First Minister could make way for his deputy Nicola Sturgeon if independence is rejected.
Salmond "could step down by November" if Scotland votes No
By George Eaton - 17 September 18:17

Scottish First Minister could make way for his deputy Nicola Sturgeon if independence is rejected. 

The message can be seen for miles. Photo: Independence Climbers
Climbing for independence: meet the woman who scaled a cliff to support the Yes Campaign
By Hope Whitmore - 17 September 18:08

Lindsay Jarrett climbed the cliffs beneath Edinburgh Castle in the dark to place a foil YES sign somewhere everyone would see it.

If Scotland votes Yes, will it lose its multimillionaires?
By Aoife Moriarty - 17 September 17:13

We all know what David Beckham, Simon Cowell and JK Rowling think about independence, but how the country’s own rich could react remains to be seen.

"Silent no more": Watch Gordon Brown's patriotic and passionate Scotland speech
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 September 16:53

The former Labour PM's speech was very well-received this afternoon. Watch and read it here.

The onslaught against the Yes side by big business and the Treasury has not had the success many expected.
The Scottish referendum campaign shows Labour shouldn't fear establishment attacks
By George Eaton - 17 September 15:23

The onslaught against the Yes side by big business and the Treasury has not had the success many expected. 

Who are the "Shy No" voters, and what do they mean for the Scottish referendum?
By Ben Page - 17 September 14:44

A look at the polling on the eve of the Scottish referendum, and how so-called silent Nos could affect the result.

Break down bureaucratic barriers to dealing with domestic violence
By Reema Patel - 17 September 14:17

Housing allocations policy needs to recognise, and be flexible enough to accommodate, the difficult circumstances surrounding domestic violence.

A Yes campaign poster in Balmaha, Scotland. Photo: Getty
The empty cult of Yes: the silent masses in Scotland want to know what we’re really being sold
By Ewan Morrison - 17 September 12:48

People have started to feel that behind the apparent hope offered by the Yes campaign is something more sinister.

Inheriting Scotland: how Scottish teenagers could save the Union
By Danny Bartlett - 17 September 12:40

Alex Salmond's lowering of the voting age to 16 for the Scottish referendum may have backfired on the Yes campaign.

Lessons for the Labour party from the Swedish Social Democrats' victory
By Patrick Diamond - 17 September 12:14

Centre-left parties elsewhere in Europe, particularly Britain, should heed the success of the Social Democrats in Sweden.

Protest against domestic violence. Photo: Getty.
By cutting funding for refuges, we are putting women’s lives at risk
By Maya Oppenheim - 17 September 11:52

Victims of domestic violence are being refused places at women's refuges across the country.

The power of progress: Paul Delaroche’s The Conquerors of the Bastille Before the Hôtel de Ville in 1789 (1839). Photo: Musée de la Ville de Paris, Musée du Petit-Palais, France/Bridgeman Images
How liberalism lost its way
By David Marquand - 17 September 9:33

What happened to a defining world-view? David Marquand examines the religious roots of an ideology.

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling give their final pitches before the Scottish referendum
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 September 8:54

Tomorrow is the Scottish independence referendum. The Better Together leader and Scotland’s First Minister are making their last pleas.

Scotland would sell itself short by opting for the banality of independence
By David Clark - 17 September 7:53

Scotland, an outward-looking nation with strong internationalist instincts and a clear sense of its moral purpose in the world, can do better than separation.

Democratic mayor hails "a shared vision, and a shared strategy" for tackling inequality.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to address Labour conference
By George Eaton - 16 September 22:00

Democratic mayor hails "a shared vision, and a shared strategy" for tackling inequality. 

Why does the US take rape in prison more seriously than England and Wales?
By Andrew Neilson - 16 September 16:38

Recorded sexual assaults in prison are on the rise, with research suggesting the true extent of the problem is hidden and under-reported.

"He's a f***ing liar": Ed Miliband is mobbed by Yes supporters in Scotland
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 September 16:28

The Labour leader was mobbed in Edinburgh by anti-Union activists today.

Romantic versions: an 1880 engraving depicting a US party in search of the missing Arctic explorer John Franklin and his team
What Canada – and John Franklin – can teach the UK about the independence game
By Noah Richler - 16 September 15:31

In the fortnight in which one of Franklin’s lost ships was found in the Canadian arctic, and Scotland – like Quebec before it – is voting on independence, the parallels between the UK and Canada have never been stronger. 

A revolution against top-down control will work best if the UK stays together
By Steve Reed and Andrew Burns - 16 September 14:34

The state has tried to control too much from the centre for too long: a No vote in the Scottish referendum should bring about a change in where power lies.

The age of the referendum: why do politicians offer them, and do we trust them?
By Tim Wigmore - 16 September 13:18

What explains the surge in politicians using referendums, and why hasn't the British public embraced them?

The world's largest McDonald's restaurant in Olympic Park. Photo: Getty.
Fast food walkouts: how do US employment rights differ from UK conditions?
By Maya Oppenheim - 16 September 12:55

The recent wave of fast food strikes in the US has shed fresh light on the employment conditions of workers in the UK.

Pro-Union party leaders in last-minute power pledge
By Anoosh Chakelian - 16 September 8:30

The leaders of Westminster’s three main parties have signed a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland.

On the fence: a no flag during the final days of the Scottish referendum campaign. Photo: Getty
Peter Wilby: I am more confident than ever that the Nos will have it
By Peter Wilby - 15 September 17:00

Alex Salmond will lose – perhaps by as much as a 55-45 margin – but lose well, an outcome that will satisfy an overwhelming majority of Scots and the one, I suspect, that Salmond himself favours.

What is the attitude of Scotland's migrant community towards independence?
By David Graves - 15 September 11:24

Many of Scotland's newest residents feel every bit as Scottish as any born-and-bred Highlander. What's less certain is whether that's how the Highlander sees it.

How would the government and civil service deal with a Scottish Yes vote?
By Emran Mian - 15 September 10:26

The government insists it has done no contingency planning for Scottish independence, so what would the civil service do in the event of a Yes vote?

Scottish and Union flags flutter at the Auld Acquaintance Cairn at Gretna. Photo: Getty
Betting on Scotland: should you still have a flutter on the referendum?
By Tim Wigmore - 15 September 10:00

Mike Smithson, founder of politicalbetting.com, has taken advantage of fluctuating odds – backing both sides at different points when the odds have lengthened – to lock in a profit.

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