UKIP's rise is the clearest sign yet of the crisis of Britain as a progressive, liberal project. Nigel Farage's trip to Scotland and his prickly reception helps us understand the difference between the UKIP and Scottish independence projects.
The Scottish nationalists want to win next years independence vote by saying things will not change while those opposing them paint 'separation' as a disaster yet call for the UK to leave the EU in order to... stay the same. What are we to make of it?
Today sees the transformation of the British welfare system, combining crippling cuts to benefits with the full blown marketisation of England's NHS. This is Cameron's "compassionate conservatism". Scotland and the UK must find a different way.
Recent polling shows a big gender gap in Scottish attitudes to independence, with women far more pro-union. How should this be understood in the wider context of Scottish politics and what does it tell us about the motivations of the Yes and No camps?
Leading thinker on
Scotland and our long-time contributor, Gerry Hassan, sheds a tear as the Big
Day is set. What we need now, he says, is a non-partisan debate on the
potential of a self-governing Scotland.
The Scottish Catholic Church was hit with a sex abuse scandal last week, while the Rangers football team defended itself against evidence of tax avoidance and illegality. Contrary to how Scotland likes to see itself, it is weak at holding power to account. These two unfolding scandals show this has to change.
It isn't enough that we aren't Thatcherites and free-marketeers, visions of the sort of Scotland we want to build must escape the confines of current conservatism and move beyond oppositional formulations. Scotland must be a positive proposition.
Scotland's experience cannot be compared to a brutal dictatorship, yet there are parallels to be drawn between the debate over the coming independence referendum and the anti-Pinochet campaign as depicted in the recently released film 'NO'. Can a message of hope and fun work in Scotland as it did in Chile?
Scots like all Britons share a history of fighting to rescue Europe from fascism. On the anniversary of its decisive battle on the Eastern Front, the Britain built after 1945 is no more. In Scotland it is time to salute those who fought by declaring self-government.
The ambition of BBC Scotland has always been held back with the burden of 'looking both ways', with no ambiguity as to where the real power lies. Scotland needs its own 'Scotish Broadcasting Corporation' driven by courage, vision and leadership from the people.
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