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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 par...(full article)

The concentration on London politics, arts, sport and media creates a mindset unfamiliar to and unfathomable by many outside the capital. And with the cost of living in London proh...(full article)

Inescapably, the question of national identity is near the heart of next week’s vote. Scotland’s voters must give their answer to the question – who exactly are w...(full article)

Once a political improbability, the voices of independence seem to grow stronger and stronger in Scotland.  As the Scots prepare to go to the polls on Sept. 18, questions about Sc...(full article)

From Falkirk to Clacton, a wide spectrum of people are singularly disaffected by the traditional parties....(full article)

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After Beheading, Britain Must Keep Its Cool - The Guardian

The killing of Mr Haines was not an act of revenge. It was an act of provocation. Like the two murders of the American journalists, it was designed to frighten and to inflame....

British Reserve Could Cost the Union - Fraser Nelson, The Telegraph

Using passionate, heartfelt language about one’s country is not very British. But the lack of it has left the Scottish nationalists as the only ones talking in powerful, emotive ...

UK Must Deliver on Great Commission Post - Peter Wilding, Euractiv

Jonathan Hill’s appointment to an influential portfolio provides an opportunity for the UK to work for the British people who see reform and change in the EU, not defeat and ...

The Whole of Britain Needs a Say in Its Future - Daily Telegraph

The growing support for independence has been matched by concessions that have consequences not just for the Scots....

Can a Royal Baby Save British Union? - James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph

Another Royal baby is on the way. First things first: this is, primarily, a story of simple joy and happiness for a young family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are, presumably,...

UK Braces for a Nail-Biter in Scotland - Catherine Mayer, Time

The London-based government of the United Kingdom has never paid sufficient attention to Scotland. This idea, which campaigners for Scottish independence say underpins their case, ...

The Ghostly Figures in Britain's Shadowlands - Fraser Nelson, Telegraph

The system is failing those at the bottom of society, as the report into child grooming in Rotherham shows....

Why Canada Cares More About the War of 1812 - Ishaan Tharoor, WaPo

The war played out in fits and starts along the shores of the Great Lakes, with soldiers succumbing to disease, hunger and the bitter cold almost as much as the bullets and bayonet...

A Step Closer to a British Exit from EU? - Peter Sutherland, Project Syn.

The referendum on Scottish independence, due on September 18, comes at a time of growing opposition in the United Kingdom to remaining in the European Union. This is significa...

The Sad, Dark End of the British Empire - Richard Halloran, Politico Mag

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Britain had dominion over so many portions of the Earth it was said, famously, that “the sun never set on the British Empire.”...

Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote - C. Scheuermann, Spiegel

Traveling through Scotland, you might think the result of September's independence referendum is a foregone conclusion. "Yes" signs are everywhere. But surveys tell a different sto...

Is Alex Salmond's Heir Apparent? - George Kerevan, The Scotsman

His decision to shift the emphasis of the Yes campaign on to the future of the NHS could prove decisive. Neither Labour nor the Conservatives can balance the UK books in the future...

British Voters Should Take a Look Across the Channel - Daily Telegraph

Anyone thinking of voting Labour in next year’s general election in the hope of seeing Ed Miliband in No 10 need only look across the Channel to be disabused of such foolhard...

Why Big Whisky Is Worried in Scotland - Benedyk & Kirka, Associated Press

Whisky makers and many other businesses are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency....

It's Time to Stop British Jihadists - Daily Telegraph

Western reaction to the territorial conquests made by Isil in Iraq and Syria has been uncertain and disjointed. “Humanitarian missions” have given way to air strikes. There has...

How Britain Became Yemen of the West - Andrew Gilligan, Daily Telegraph

Britain’s role as a chief exporter of terror was made horrifically clear this week. We examine the key failings of government and security forces that allowed home-grown jiha...

Britain's Jihad Problem - Financial Times

Although the sight of a British national belonging to the group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or Isis) claiming responsibility for beheading a bound victim is calculated to...

English to Scots: Vote 'Yes' & It's Over Between Us - Alex Massie, Spectator

The clear message from this poll – which, of course, is only one survey and all that – is that the English take the view that if you want your independence you should have it. ...

How Britain Became a Jihadist Exporter - Douglas Murray, The Spectator

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form of I...

Things Could Get Nasty After Scottish Vote - Martin Kettle, The Guardian

Despite what politicians want us to believe, the English may not be inclined to reward Scots if they vote to keep the union....

Odds of a Scottish 'Yes' Vote Fading Fast - Arkadiusz Wisniowski, Wash Post

Time is ticking away fast in campaigning for the referendum on Scottish independence. Interest in the referendum reached new heights on Aug. 5 with the televised debate between Ale...

Ferguson Is Not Iraq - Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review

The intention of these linguistic games is typically twofold. The first is reasonable: To point out that domestic coverage of foreign politics is often hopelessly simplistic. (One ...

Britain's Multicultural Foreign Policy - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

Britain is a multicultural nation and its minority communities are having an increasing influence on its voice in the world....

Cameron's Shifting Policy on Iraq - Financial Times

In his four years as prime minister, David Cameron has been quick to urge Britain to take a stand when international crises flare up. As Muammer Gaddafi’s Libyan regime threa...

Why Britain Created Mideast Monarchies - James Dawson, New Republic

Back in 1921 two brothers, Faisal and Abdullah (the sons of Hussein ibn Ali who lead the Arab Revolt), were rewarded by the British and made rulers of Mesopotamia and Transjordan r...

Cameron Must Get over Syria and Act on Iraq - Chris Huhne, The Guardian

Losing last year’s vote on military intervention cast a long shadow over government policy, but the situation in the Middle East requires action....

Are Dollar's Global Currency Days Numbered? - Santiago Villa, Espectador

It's not going to happen tomorrow, in a year or even five years. But it's conceivable, even likely, that within ten years, the U.S. dollar will cease to become the reference curren...

Continental Drift Could Scupper Euro Recovery - Daily Telegraph

All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away. The latest economic figures from the eurozone make bleak reading. Germany, the continent’s bi...

Putin's Useful (British) Idiots - James Bloodworth, The Daily Beast

From Neville Chamberlain to the pages of today’s Guardian, many members of the British elite, left and right, have proved themselves suckers for totalitarianism....

Scotland's Big Decision - Christian Science Monitor

Some may think of Scotland as little more than a place of photo-op castles, colorful kilts, droning bagpipes, and a shy lake “monster” always just out of sight beneath the stee...

Scotland Looks Forward, Ireland Looks Back - Francis Barry, Bloomberg

As Scotland is debating its future, Ireland is debating its past. Last week, as a televised political debate over independence took center stage in Scotland, a row erupted over Ir...

British Foreign Policy Is Dead - Dan Hodges, Daily Telegraph

Yesterday, British foreign policy died. The concept of constructing a structured, strategic method of engaging with our global partners and allies (and even our potential enemies) ...

Independence or the Pound? Scotland Must Choose - Peter Jones, Scotsman

If Scots are not paying taxes to the UK Treasury, they would not be standing surety as the Bank of England’s ultimate backstop. No Scottish taxpayers means no work for Scotla...

West Must Save Kurds from Islamist Slaughter - Boris Johnson, Telegraph

It would be an utter tragedy if we did not do everything in our power to give succour and relief to those who are now facing massacre and persecution, and to help repel the maniacs...

Sanctioning Putin a Sign of Impotence - Mark Almond, Daily Telegraph

It is 95 years since Woodrow Wilson offered the world sanctions as an alternative to war. Then the US president insisted: “A nation boycotted is a nation in sight of surrender....

Why I am No Longer a European - Richard Pine, Irish Times

Europe is contaminated by vulgar slogans such as ‘unity in diversity’ -- political double-speak for a policy of Merkelisation....

The West Has Ruined Libya - Richard Spencer, Daily Telegraph

Libya is being torn apart by a comedy war with amateur generals, but it is one that the Americans have done little to try to stop. And we cannot blame them, for Libya is not Washin...

Putin's War (of Ideas) on Europe - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

This is, above all else, a war of ideas. Along with countless shells and missiles, what Russian President Vladimir Putin has lobbed into Ukraine is a set of ideological challenges ...

The Most Important Battle You've Never Heard Of - Hugh Schofield, BBC

Exactly 800 years ago on Sunday, in a field next to what is now the airport of Lille, a battle was fought which determined the history of England....

Europe Should Punish Putin, Not London - Daily Telegraph

The stench of hypocrisy is almost unbearable. Germany and the rest of the eurozone trade far more with Russia than Britain does, buying billions of pounds worth of gas and propping...

Why Britain Should Follow the Kansas Model - Jeremy Warner, Telegraph

To help find solutions to these challenges, I’ve been taking a look at a fascinating experiment in fiscal policy being played out in the state of Kansas. There, two years ago...

Gordon Brown May Be the UK's Last Hope - John McTernan, The Scotsman

History is rarely about the actions of a single person, but sometimes it is. Few believe that there would have ever been an independence referendum without Alex Salmond’s lea...

My British Identity Is in Scotland's Hands - Madeleine Bunting, Guardian

The independence vote is rightly nothing to do with the English but I hope the Scottish vote no. Britishness is too important....

Cameron Shows He Is Not Bluffing on the EU - Daily Telegraph

The formalities of Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment as president of the European Commission were completed in Brussels this week – and they fulfilled all David Cameron...

David Cameron's Disastrous Cabinet Reshuffle - Peter Oborne, Telegraph

Competent ministers have been sacked in order to strengthen Chancellor George Osborne’s position....

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