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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.

Letter: Devolution links

Sir: The meeting between Alex Salmond, the Scottish National Party leader, and Prince Charles (report, 12 October) raised the question of links after devolution. On issues like opposition to nuclear weapons and arms sales to regimes with an appalling record on human rights, the SNP has far more in common with the 1992 Labour candidate Bruce Kent than with George Robertson or Gordon Brown. Given Millbank's tendency to exercise greater control on Labour candidates, progressive opinion south of the border will look to the Scottish Parliament for a radical lead on global issues. Independence could strengthen, not weaken, social ties.

Charles to meet SNP leader

AN UNPRECEDENTED private meeting between the Prince of Wales and the Scottish National Party leader, Alex Salmond, is expected to take place this week.

Salmond tells Scots to seize liberty

ALEX SALMOND urged Scots yesterday to touch the "horizon of national freedom" that was now so close. The key to success in next May's elections to the first Scottish Parliament in 300 years lay in taking a positive approach to Home Rule and articulating how much more Scots could do with independence, the Scottish National Party leader told his party's annual conference.

SO FAREWELL THEN, RAB C NESBITT

From 7:84 Theatre to Irvine Welsh, Scottish culture of the last 20 years has portrayed Scotland as a grubby, snarling underdog. Independence may mean saying goodbye to that image - and hello to something more serious and potent

TOMMY AND TONE

New Labour has purged yet another Scottish MP, but at what cost? Headlines are blaring, the old pros are digging in and the voters could end up revolting. Clashes of culture do not come more tragi-comic

DRILLING FOR THEIR COUNTRY

If Scotland does vote for independence, it will need money to survive. The question is, how much - and canthe oilfields provide it?

Dewar gives his vision of home rule

LABOUR WILL portray itself to the Scots at the first Home Rule election as the right party to secure the benefits of independent decision-making "without the cost of walking out on Britain''.

SNP's blueprint `a damp squib'

THE SCOTTISH National Party unveiled its blueprint of ideas yesterday, promising policies based on "enterprise, compassion and democracy" in the run-up to campaigning for the Scottish Parliament elections.

Cronyism row over TV tycoon

THE GOVERNMENT faced charges of "cronyism" last night after the appointment of a Scottish media tycoon as a minister.

Era ends as Dounreay closes

A NUCLEAR era finally came to an end yesterday. The Government announced that Dounreay, the first station to generate electricity from nuclear power, will carry out no more active work and will be decommissioned.

Salmond urges Blair to give him civil-service briefings

THE leader of Scottish Nationalists, Alex Salmond, yesterday cashed in on his party's surge in support in an opinion poll by calling on Tony Blair to give him civil-service briefings before the elections for the Scottish Parliament.

Letter: Independent Scotland?

I WAS fascinated by Donald Macintyre's article on the problems raised by Scottish devolution (Comment, 7 April).

How can Labour stop Scotland slipping out of the British state?

On the rise of the SNP

Parliament kept out in double blow for Glasgow

ONE CAN imagine the howls of outrage down Sauchiehall Street. In a day of a double whammy, Glasgow lost the initial hosting of the Scottish Parliament to Edinburgh, and then lost its bid for money to establish a National Gallery of Scottish Art and Design.

Connery in knighthood row

SCOTTISH Nationalists are question the Government over reports that actor Sean Connery was refused a knighthood because of his separatist views, writes Andrew Buncombe.
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