Scottish Independence

Centrifugal forces tear British political certainty apart


LONDON - Rising support for nationalist and single-issue parties is threatening to plunge Britain into unaccustomed political instability after national elections five months from now.


Cameron's plans to shake up lawmaking worry his rivals 16 Dec 2014

LONDON - Britain's two main political parties accused each other on Tuesday of putting the future of the nation at risk as they drew battle lines over how to reform the constitution after Scotland's failed bid for independence.


Scottish Labour picks new leader as election battle looms 13 Dec 2014

LONDON - The opposition Labour party has chosen former cabinet minister Jim Murphy as its leader in Scotland where he will have the job of trying to hold on to the seats the party needs to win a British national election due in May.


Wanted: Scottish Labour leader to swing 2015 election 13 Dec 2014

LONDON - When the once mighty Scottish Labour party selects a new local boss on Saturday, national party chief Ed Miliband will be holding his breath: The decision could make or break his chances of winning power in wider Britain.


Long-serving editor of Guardian newspaper to step down 10 Dec 2014

LONDON - Alan Rusbridger, editor of Britain's Guardian newspaper, who helped break news of widespread surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) based on the leaks of analyst Edward Snowden, will step down next Summer, its parent company said on Wednesday.


George Hay

Scots 'No' still leaves UK in limbo

The vote against secession in a landmark referendum reduces many risks: financial instability, a UK exit from Europe and a sharp fall in trade. But the bribe to 'No' voters of more devolved powers creates other dangers – including a weakening of the union.  Full Article