Those who support the union need not merely to unpick the SNP’s plans ... but to present a coherent case for hanging together with the rest of the UK ... From the left there needs to come a moral as well as an instrumental case for security and solidarity in a social union.
Editorial // James Stafford
The financial crisis has transformed the debate over Scottish independence – to the disadvantage of the SNP.
Feature // Ben Jackson
The origins and implications of the left’s dalliance with Scottish independence.
Whose Britain is it anyway? The blindsides of British Labour and the left
Feature // Gerry Hassan
Whatever the outcome of the 2014 referendum, the debate on Scottish independence requires Labour to rethink its relationship with the territorial dimensions of the British state.
After the referendum: why it can’t be business as usual
Feature // Adam Fusco
The incorporation of the Scottish campaign for self-government into a broader federalist agenda could enable a democratic revival in the UK.
A house of cards? The instability of Welsh devolution
Feature // Adam Evans
An audit of Wales’ evolving devolution settlement reveals confusion, inconsistency and short-termism at the heart of Labour’s policy-making.
Roundtable // Michael Kenny
How should the left deal with the resurgence of English national identity?
The reform of public services: the One Nation agenda
Commentary // Lisa Nandy, Steve Reed
Putting relationships at the heart of public services.
‘An auction of fear’: the Scotland in Europe referendum, 1975
Essay // Robert Saunders
An earlier referendum in which Scotland’s place in a larger political union was at stake.
The politics of public spending: a 2030 vision
Essay // Robert Tinker
The next government can credibly afford to spend more than the Coalition’s plans. But this is only the starting point of a new debate about public spending.
Blue Labour and nostalgia: the politics of tradition
Essay // Richard Jobson
The Blue Labour paradox was that it appeared simultaneously old and new. In this respect, it offers a blueprint for future intellectual currents within the Labour Party.
Principles or practicalities? Salvaging House of Lords reform
Notebook // Stephen Barber
After yet another failed attempt, what could be done now to reform the House of Lords?
The Italian left at a crossroads
Notebook // Lilia Giugni
The Italian Democratic Party’s struggle to formulate a clear identity, ideology and political strategy.
Review essay // Jim Gallagher
An independence plan dependent on the rest of the UK agreeing to whatever the SNP want.
Review essay // Gregg McClymont
The contemporary nationalist resonances of a history of post-war Scotland.
Olaf Cramme, Patrick Diamond and Michael McTernan (eds.), Progressive Politics After the Crash
Review // Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite