UK Politics


The British Government agreed to let Alex Salmond have a referendum on Scottish independence for one simple reason: because it was confident of victory. Indeed, not only did it expect to secure a No vote, but it hoped for a large one – thereby destroying the “threat” of Scottish nationalism for a generation or more.


The Home Office is revoking the refugee status of a prominent Kazakhstan dissident, it has emerged, prompting claims that the Government is attempting to curry favour with the oil-rich but repressive central Asian republic.


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