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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