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Is Britain Prepared to Lose Scotland?

Martin Kettle, The Guardian

Why America Will Learn to Love Cricket

Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

Waving the Flag for Britishness

Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph

Proof That Britain Lost to the IRA

Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail

The SNP's proposals for its future armed forces are risible and would undermine the UK’s safety...(full article)

A yes vote is becoming a real possibility – but we are woefully unprepared to deal with the psychological impact of Scotland rejecting the union....(full article)

America is a sports-loving country. Its dominant spectator sports are football, basketball, hockey and of course baseball, the so-called American pastime. Each runs a major-leagu...(full article)

Defining the idea of Britishness has never been easy. It is rooted partly in the history of the last three centuries, in memories of Empire and world wars, and partly in certain in...(full article)

So this is what it is like to live in a defeated country. Your Head of State has to consort with one of the leaders of the most successful terror gang in the world, and pretend she...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Everyone Loses If Scotland Goes Its Own Way - Daily Telegraph

The argument for keeping the Union intact has a material side, but an emotional dimension, too....

Why a Flag Has New Zealand in a Flap - Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail

While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge swan around New Zealand with young Prince George, Kiwis are beginning to think about ditching an important symbol of their British heritage....

World Economy May Be Stuck in Neutral for Years - J. Warner, Telegraph

Low interest rates in the US and Greece are not a sign of recovery, but a warning of permanent stagnation, creating the potential for future financial instability...

Britain Didn't Understand Enemy in Helmand - Mike Martin, Telegraph

Today, much of the violence is mischaracterised as “Taliban” insurgent violence, when in fact it is not linked to the Taliban or the GIRoA, but is driven by local dynamics betw...

Shakespeare Invented Britain -- He Can Save It - Dan Hannan, Spectator

Shakespeare regularly tops the polls as the greatest symbol of both Englishness and Britishness. No surprise there. What is surprising, perhaps, is to see how many Spaniards, Dutch...

Is Scottish Independence Really a Big Deal? - Michael McGough, LA Times

Even as an independent nation, the Irish Republic is intimately interconnected with England: politically, economically and culturally. The same would be true of an independent Scot...

Is Australia Embracing the Monarchy Again? - Jon Pearlman, Telegraph

Back in the days when an Australian leader brazenly put his hand on the Queen’s back and a royal visit was dismissed by the media as “an image fading”, the so-called “capti...

Yes, London Is an Unfriendly City - Stuart Heritage, The Guardian

Ignore the people saying Londoners should talk to each other more to 'build a friendlier city'. Most of us moved here precisely to avoid having to chat to strangers....

Britain's Idle Parliament - The Economist

MPs have found ways of filling their time. Some have holed up in their constituencies, where they obsess over the politics of potholes, courting votes in preparation for the genera...

Ireland's Love/Hate Relationship with Britain - Mark Hennessy, IT

On the English side, the relationship can be marked – though usually without malice – by benign condescension. The Irish attitude contains a remembrance of history, wit...

A Socialist Nightmare Looms for Britain - The Spectator

So we can look to France to see the kind of future which may await Britain if, as the pollsters and bookmakers believe, Miliband is just over a year away from 10 Downing Street. It...

Britain's Raucous Parliament Goes Idle - The Economist

HYPERACTIVITY is not a virtue in a legislature. Winston Churchill thought Parliament should meet for no more than five months a year. Texas enjoys relative freedom from red tape pa...

Can London's Skyline Be Saved? - Simon Jenkins, London Evening Standard

Stand on Westminster or Waterloo Bridges or look out from Primrose or Parliament Hills and, apart from respect for the views of St Paul’s, there is scenic havoc. Johnson and ...

Don't Take North Ireland Peace for Granted - Greg Sheridan, Australian

Politics, like life, is full of anomalies, of formulas that should work but don't, and of situations that should never work but do. Northern Ireland could continue as it is, with a...

Scotland Is Already Another Country - Ruth Wishart, The Guardian

Westminster's parade of day-trippers fail to grasp that devolution is not a destination but a process....

Scotland's Narrow Independence Debate - Alexander Linklater, Observer

The Scottish referendum debate has become a narrow discussion of economics and does no justice to our nation....

In Britain, Fat Is the New Normal - Matthew Norman, Daily Telegraph

However odious it is to point the finger of chastisement at people with embarrassing body shapes, it becomes a moral obligation when the medical evidence is overwhelming. And so, i...

Youth Surge to the Right in UK & France? - Mondon & Bowman, TC

Participation is commonly viewed as the cornerstone of liberal democracy. In Europe, however, the decades since the 1980s have been marked by falling participation and increased di...

In Defense of Empire - Robert Kaplan, The Atlantic

It can ensure stability and protect minorities better than any other form of order. The case for a tempered American imperialism....

Cameron Dragging Britain into a New Cold War - Peter Hitchens, Mail

Our Prime Minister is puffing himself up like a bullfrog, and busily creating a new Cold War that will benefit nobody except spies and weapons-makers, for a cause he doesn’t unde...

The Much-Too-Special Relationship - Nicholas Shaxson, American Interest

The City of London threatens U.S. security and abets corruption. Revisionist powers like Russia have figured out this dynamic and are busy exploiting it....

Scottish Vote Could Be Dry Run for Euro 2017 - Benedict Brogan, Telegraph

The destabilising impact of the Scotland vote is already causing anxiety across the Channel. An assessment of the global political outlook published by Tina Fordham of Citi earlier...

Scotland Will Be Unable to Defend Itself - John McAnally, Daily Telegraph

With six months to go until Scotland votes on independence, attention has finally turned to one of the most important challenges facing this new state – whether it could d...

Worrisome Move to 'Islamify' UK Schools - Andrew Gilligan, Telegraph

There's a manual and a road-map. Britain needs its own plan....

Britain Has Lost America's Respect - Edward Luce, Financial Times

Dean Acheson remarked in the 1950s that Britain lost an empire and had not yet found a role. For the next half-century it found a niche as America’s global lieutenant –...

Everyone in UK Should Thank George Soros - Jeremy Warner, Telegraph

George Soros keeping us out of the euro was worth the $1bn he made shorting the pound during the ERM crisis....

Why Manchester Is Key to British Unity - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

Bolstering the north's biggest city would help provincial England to challenge London's privilege and dominance....

This Is Still Tony Blair's Britain - Amol Rajan, London Evening Standard

On immigration and welfare reform, Blair’s populist instincts — often censored by his party — have now been unleashed. But the area where Blairism is thriving most is educati...

To Stop Russia, Convene the 'Quad + 1' - Burt & Feinstein, Nat'l Interest

It now seems almost certain that this weekend’s referendum by the Crimean parliament on joining the Russian Federation will pass. There is also a real threat that Russian pre...

Toward a Scottish Solution for Crimea - Thomas de Waal, Wall St. Journal

The proper European response is to say that any dispute over a proposed change in the status of a territory needs to honor the historical aspirations of all its citizens—Russ...

Britain Isolated Is Britain Undone - James Bloodworth, The Independent

One of the most depressing features of British politics in 2013 is the unstoppable rise of political isolationism. This applies to public hostility to immigration and the European ...

Will Scotland Go Independent? - Jonathan Freedland, NY Review of Books

It’s tempting to describe this as a battle of head versus heart, with the Yes campaign promising romance and pride against the pedantic legalism of No. But plenty on the Yes ...

Britain's Out of Touch Party Bosses - Nigel Farage, Evening Standard

It may very well be Ukip that deprives Labour of an overall majority in the Commons. We are the only political force vigorous enough to perform that service for the nation because ...

Palestine Doesn't Need Tony Blair's Lectures - The National

For years, Tony Blair has made an art out of ignoring obvious but inconvenient facts. This is a man who led his country into an illegal war in Iraq and – even after years of chao...

More British Than Britain - Simon Heffer, The Spectator

The British government these days certainly does take the Commonwealth seriously. This may be partly an effect of the mounting disillusion with Europe, but it is also because of a ...

London's Dirty Russian Laundry Problem - Ben Judah, New York Times

The city has changed. The buses are still dirty, the people are still passive-aggressive, but something about London has changed. You can see signs of it everywhere. The townhouses...

Scotland's Big Referendum Winners - Tom Gallagher, The Commentator

The SNP remains well ahead in the polls and therefore will be in charge during the rancorous period that is sure to persist after 2014. Will ordinary Scots rein in the party as it ...

Vladimir Putin's Western Enablers - Anne Applebaum, Slate

Western politicians who speak grandly about democracy while ignoring violations of their own anti-corruption laws back home are thus perceived in Russia as hypocrites. They also co...

Why David Cameron Should Quit Twitter - Iain Martin, Daily Telegraph

There is much to like about Twitter. By following a good range of people I get a constant stream of news, humorous observations, thought-provoking pictures and links to great piece...

West's Retort to Russia a Shambles - Bill Jamieson, The Scotsman

I hope I am wrong with what I am about to write. It’s not unknown. But watching the UK’s response – and that of Western countries generally – to the develop...

It's Time for Britain to Be Great Again - David French, National Review

It would be foolish for the West to court armed conflict over Ukraine, but it is similarly foolish for our oldest allies — powerful nations — to choose impotence. Histo...

Eurosceptics Can Work with Angela Merkel - Matthew d'Ancona, Telegraph

Multi-dimensional diplomacy of this sort is not glamorous. It often fails. But not always. What is certain, even now, is that those who have already decided that they want Britain ...

Cameron Can't Match Farage's Simple Message on Europe - The Telegraph

There must be times when David Cameron envies Nigel Farage. The simplicity of the Ukip leader’s message obviates any need for subtlety or nuance. His position is easy to arti...

Thatcher's Children Have Their Hands Full - Jeffrey Simpson, Globe & Mail

Today, the conservative Anglosphere world is a deeply populist one, suspicious of government and people who work for it, angry at secular elites, not particularly partial to big bu...

Euro Migration Politics: Beyond the Blame Game - The Guardian

Pulling up the drawbridge in the face of global economic change and the digital era is simply not possible....

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