To keep Scotland, Britain must embrace the separatists

Just as actors call Macbeth the Scottish play, so historians will for ever think of 2015 as the Scottish election. Whatever happens on 7 May – whoever ends up limping through the door of 10 Downing Street – the big, enduring fact of 2015 will be the shifting of the tectonic plates now under way in Scotland. It is nothing less than a realignment – and it will last.

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Three-minute election: Why are the Tories stirring English nationalism? – video

On St George's day, columnists Jonathan Freedland and Polly Toynbee discuss the Conservatives' warnings over a minority Labour government propped up by the SNP. Is the Tories' attempt to pull back would-be Ukip voters going to alienate Scots?On St George's day, columnists Jonathan Freedland and Polly Toynbee discuss the Conservatives' warnings over a minority Labour government propped up by the SNP. Is the Tories' attempt to pull back would-be Ukip voters going to alienate Scots? And if the Conservatives care about the United Kingdom – or Europe – why play this dangerous English game? Continue reading...

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Three-minute election: Have the deaths in the Mediterranean changed the immigration debate? – video

Columnists Jonathan Freedland and Zoe Williams discuss the assumption that the election campaign would be dominated by the debate around immigration. With the deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean, have voters' views changed? And if the immigration issue now has a tragic, human face, will the parties will ignore it – or make a commitment? And is the threat to scrap the Human Rights Act the dog that hasn't barked? Continue reading...

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Three-minute election: Can any party bring down the deficit? – video

Guardian columnists Jonathan Freedland and Aditya Chakrabortty discuss the un-discussable issue of the campaign. Never mind Nigel Farage's have-a-laugh Ukip manifesto – the most significant story this week is the warning from the International Monetary Fund that Britain's deficit will not be reduced in the next decade. But does the IMF's intervention have any political kick – or is it a damning verdict on the prospectus of all three main political parties? Continue reading...

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Three-minute election: Has this Tory manifesto disappeared off into the realms of fantasy? – video

Guardian columnists Jonathan Freedland and Polly Toynbee discuss the Tories' manifesto launch. After a bad week, has David Cameron got it right on issues such as free childcare and a tax-free minimum wage? Or are the Conservatives trying too hard to pretend they're another party? Is the party back on secure terrain – or is this clever politics, rotten economics and a cheat of a policy? Continue reading...

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Three-minute election: The moment Ed Miliband grew up – video

Guardian columnists Jonathan Freedland and Hugh Muir discuss Labour's manifesto launch. We may have seen a more grown-up Ed Miliband – but did Labour's big day get off to a dispiriting start? Are Labour's manifesto promises enough to attract voters tempted by the SNP or the Greens? And even if Labour's pledges are effective in their election campaign, would they work in government? Continue reading...

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