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The campaign against Scottish independence must move beyond economics to arguments of the “head and heart”, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

SNP conference: SNP prepare ground for dropping the Queen

The Scottish National Party yesterday opened the way to ditching the Queen as head of state of an independent Scotland. Stephen Goodwin, at the SNP conference in Rothesay, says the decision was a direct snub to Alex Salmond who fears it could alienate some older voters.

Salmond calls for co-operation politics as Scots begin to cut apron strings

The Scottish National Party is preparing for a constructive role in the halfway house of a devolved parliament. Stephen Goodwin is at the SNP's conference in Rothesay.

An act of faith throws open the gates to nationhood, but what comes next?

"Resounding, massive, decisive!" That's how the media described the outcome of the Scottish referendum. Tramping brave-hearted to the poll, the people of Scotland are supposed to have raised an irresistible Hampden roar of "Yes!Yes!" as they affirmed their will to nationhood. Well, yes and no to that. Edinburgh on Friday had a peculiar, stunned atmosphere: not a hangover, not the blissful repose of warriors after victory, but a silence of blank astonishment. Did we really do this? What happens now?

Let the English voice be heard

He who pays the piper should call the tune. England subsidises the Celtic Fringes, says Neil Lyndon, so its citizens should also have a vote on devolution for its neighbours

Scottish MPs face boundaries review

A review of parliamentary seats in Scotland could be ordered by the Government to answer criticism that the Scots will be over-represented at Westminster once they have their own Parliament.

Election '97: Tartan tide turns for Robertson turns the tables

Stephen Goodwin reports on the devolution debate

Election '97: Blair 'cannot count on Scots or Welsh'

A Labour government could not count on support from the Scottish or Welsh nationalist parties unless it offered a referendum on their independence from England, the parties' leaders warned yesterday.

Tories keep cool about 'meltdown'

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Election '97: Forsyth pours scorn on 'fiscal fantasy' of SNP

An attempt by the Scottish National Party yesterday to promote a pensioners' package worth pounds 12 a week for the average couple brought another withering attack on the "fiscal fantasy" of the party's forecasts for an independent Scotland.

Blair has trouble with his kilt

Tony Blair was wrong-footed for the first time in the election campaign last night as he faced a two-pronged attack over Scottish devolution. As the Labour leader launched his party's Scottish manifesto - covered in the Blair clan tartan - he looked distinctly uncomfortable in the face of fierce questioning on his proposed Scottish parliament.

SNP takes ITV to court over debate exclusion

The Scottish Nationalist Party will take ITV to court today for excluding Alex Salmond, the SNP leader, from any televised debate between John Major and Tony Blair.

Nationalists join fray with attack on Labour

The Scottish and Welsh nationalists got their election campaigns off the ground yesterday by launching an attack on Labour.

LETTER : Shooting Major and Blair without close-ups

If John Major wants to put the constitutional issue at the heart of the election campaign he should be prepared to debate directly with Alex Salmond of the SNP and Dafydd Wigley of Plaid Cymru. TV election debates should not be the sole property of John Major and Tony Blair.

Tories threaten to make the Scots pay up

The Conservatives yesterday threatened to punish the Scottish people with an annual penalty of almost pounds 6bn in cutbacks if they allow Labour to set up an Edinburgh parliament.

Hey Jimmy: heard about the minister who thinks most beggars are Scots?

Scotland was on the warpath last night after David Maclean, the outspoken Home Office minister, said that most beggars in London are Scots who sleep on the streets because they find it more pleasant.
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