The main party leaders are offering Scots more powers and a continuation of the Barnett Formula – another imbalanced settlement cannot last.
There are Conservatives in the arts world who feel their careers would suffer if they were to come out
This saga shows there needs to be more accountability not less
Even if there is a No vote on Thursday, my conversations with voters suggest that it will be enormously difficult to calm the passions which have been aroused.
The organisers of the Rally for Unity have more to teach the next generation of unionists than most of the official No campaign.
The freedoms gained are only those you would never want to use.
…and that’s why I’m not going to use my first ConservativeHome column to tell Scots to vote No.
The answers themselves raise more questions that only a subject matter specialist who understands the physical complexities of deep sea cabling can properly comprehend.
Holding council by-elections when as many voters as possible are away is against the spirit of democracy.
The truth about President Obama’s plans for ISIS
“If you don’t like me, I won’t be here forever”, the Prime Minister tells voters.
Lord Ashcroft: Labour and the Conservatives are level on 33 per cent in my latest Ashcroft National Poll
As ever, it’s a snapshot – but the detail reveals some disturbing popular doubts about the Opposition and Ed Miliband.
The Social Democrats barely saw their vote rise – but now they’re in government, thanks to a surge for an anti-immigration party they oppose.
Our friends fear attack by Russia – we must state clearly that the NATO guarantee of mutual defence still stands.
Some things are more important, dare we say it, than the short-term interest of the Conservative Party.
Charlotte Leslie MP: ISIS. Putin. Which way do the enemies of both England and Scotland want to vote to go on Thursday?
The final irony is that those who dislike the Establishment are dancing to the very tune, played expertly by Alex Salmond, against which they think they are revolting.
A narrow No vote would not be in the best interests of any part of the UK.
Labour no longer has overall control of the council
While London as an economic entity is doing very well, the same doesn’t apply to ordinary working Londoners
The fight back against Brussels must start at Westminster, where the Government is going beyond EU demands for the plain packaging of cigarettes.
He has long been one of the main voices in the Commons for a fairer deal for England. Now he is being heard more widely.
He would have a chance to campaign with his Party for a fair new deal for the whole UK – one decided not by the Westminster elites but by the people.
Scotland 1) Final plea from Cameron: “I won’t be here forever”
“David Cameron begged the people of Scotland not to leave the United Kingdom as he promised them that he “won’t be here forever”. In a final plea before Thursday’s referendum, the Prime Minister warned Scottish voters in a speech in Aberdeen that separation would be a “painful divorce”. Mr Cameron was close to tears as he warned voters that Alex Salmond’s separatist movement had “painted a picture” of an independent Scotland that was “too good to be true”.” – Daily Telegraph
- “This was a thigh-tingler of a speech which from the start was almost entirely positive, and occasionally as sugary as a foreman’s cuppa.” – Quentin Letts Daily Mail
- “We want you to stay,” he said. “Head and heart and soul, we want you to stay. Please don’t mix up the temporary and the permanent. Please don’t think: ‘I’m frustrated with politics right now, so I’ll walk out the door and never come back.’ If you don’t like me – I won’t be here forever. If you don’t like this government – it won’t last forever. But if you leave the UK – that will be forever,” he said.” – The Guardian
- “The PM added: “So as you reach your final decision, please don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be a proud Scot and a proud Brit. Don’t lose faith in what this country is – and what we can be. Don’t forget what a great United Kingdom you are part of. Don’t turn your backs on what is the best family of nations in the world, and the best hope for your family in this world. So please, from all of us – vote to stick together, vote to stay, vote to save our United Kingdom.” – The Sun(£)
- If it comes to it, please let’s have an amicable divorce – Jeremy Warner Daily Telegraph
- “The Prime Minister has been accused by the Yes campaign of “scaremongering”: but as he said, it is his duty to set out the true
consequences of such a vote, and to explain how disastrous it would be not just for Britain, but for Scots themselves.” – Leader Daily Telegraph
>Yesterday: WATCH: Cameron appeals to Scots: “Don’t break this family apart”
Scotland 2) Unionist leaders promise “extensive new powers” for Scottish Parliament
“The leaders of the three main parties at Westminster have signed a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland, if Scots reject independence. The pledge, which appears on the front of the Daily Record newspaper, has been signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. It has three parts and also commits to preserving the Barnett funding formula. The Yes campaign has argued the only guarantee of more powers is a vote for independence. The first part of the agreement promises “extensive new powers” for the Scottish Parliament “delivered by the process and to the timetable agreed” by the three parties.” – BBC
- Carwyn Jones calls for more devolution – BBC
- Pranksters set up spoof border control checkpoint – Daily Mail
- Defence is new battleground – The Scotsman
>Today: Columnist Garvan Walshe: From Scotland to Catalonia, secession is tempting because the stakes are so low
Scotland 3) Redwood leads calls for an English Parliament
“The House of Commons could double up as an English Parliament as part of a future devolution settlement for the entire UK, a Conservative MP has urged. John Redwood said English MPs should meet to decide English-only issues, while the existing UK Parliament of all MPs would focus on “Union” matters. The Scottish Parliament is set to gain major new tax powers even in the event of a No vote in Thursday’s poll. Mr Redwood said England should not be “fobbed off” with anything less.” – BBC
- “The post of an “English first minister” should be created to balance further powers awarded to Scotland in case of a “no” vote, a senior Conservative backbencher has declared. Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the public administration committee, said reforms to restrict votes on English issues to MPs in English constituencies are “urgent”.” – The Times(£)
- “The UK government is not “remotely” near creating an English parliament, as some Conservative MPs have called for, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. But the issue of Scottish MPs voting on law that does not affect them will get “more pressing” if there is further devolution, Mr Cameron told the BBC.” – BBC
- Is this the end of Britishness – Ian Jack The Guardian
- It’s time the people of England had a say on their nation’s future – Philip Johnston Daily Telegraph
- Localism is no panacea – Polly Toynbee The Guardian
Scotland 4) Let’s Stay Together hold London rally
“Pro-union campaigners have taken part in a rally in central London in support of Scotland remaining part of the UK after Thursday’s referendum. Speakers at the event, organised by TV historian Dan Snow, included anti-poverty campaigner Bob Geldof alongside comedians Eddie Izzard and Al Murray. Organisers from Let’s Stay Together said around 5,000 people attended. Among the crowd in Trafalgar Square was Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and cabinet minister Michael Gove. Supporters of the No campaign waved Union and Saltire flags.” – BBC
- “Born in Ireland, Geldof said he had an ‘immigrant’s gratitude’ to the union to which he owed ‘everything’. ‘I keep hearing that one of the main reasons we’re having this argument is that the Scots are fed up with Westminster,’ he told
crowds. ‘I’d like to tell them we’re all f******* fed up of Westminster.’ ” – Daily Mail
- “Stand up to bullies”, No supporters are urged – Daily Mail
- “Property website Zoopla said a flood of homes being put up for sale in the event of a yes vote could lead to a repeat of a 17.5% fall in
Scottish house prices, which took place during the financial crisis of 2008.” – The Guardian
Scotland 5) Salmond attacks “desperate scaremongering”
“The First Minister hit out at “desperate scaremongering” about leaving the UK, which he claimed had been orchestrated by Downing Street. His comments came as the head of insurance giant Aviva became the latest to warn about a Yes vote, claiming the costs of building projects such as schools and hospitals would go up. …Mr Salmond was speaking as he met business leaders including Stagecoach magnate Sir Brian Souter and former William Hill boss Ralph Topping at Edinburgh airport.” – The Scotsman
- Greenspan: Salmond’s claims “implausible” – The Sun(£)
- 10 million Facebook interactions concerning the referendum – Daily Telegraph
- Herring boss gives £100,000 to Yes campaign – The Independent
>Today: Lee Rotherham on Comment: 30 questions for Alex Salmond
Scotland 6) Isabel Oakeshott: If Scotland votes Yes then “Cameron must go”
“As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, he has a fundamental duty to keep the country together. Yet his efforts have been diffident and dilatory. Tory MPs have belatedly woken up to this failing and now the knives are out. Moderate backbenchers inclined to loyalty towards the PM are usually a good bellwether. Among those I spoke to last night, the verdict was unanimous: if Scotland breaks away next week, the PM’s number is up.” – Isabel Oakeshott Evening Standard
- Cocky Cameron surrenders keys to the Kingdom – Rachel Sylvester The Times(£)
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