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Executive Editor, Opinion and columnist at the Guardian, presenter of BBC R4's The Long View and author of upcoming thriller The 3rd Woman, out in July

To keep Scotland, Britain must embrace the separatists

theguardian.com — 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.

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

theguardian.com — 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.

Three-minute election: Is the Tories' campaign wobbling? - video

theguardian.com — Columnists Jonathan Freedland and Gaby Hinsliff discuss the jitters in the Conservative election campaign following criticisms from Tory grandees, accusations of partisan Wikipedia editing against Grant Shapps, and the weaponisation of Boris Johnson. Are these signs of indiscipline, a mounting blame game and preparations of defeat?

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

theguardian.com — 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?

Three-minute election: Will the SNP drag Labour to the left? - video

theguardian.com — Columnists Jonathan Freedland and Deborah Orr discuss the launch of the Scottish National party's manifesto on Monday. With the party projected to win more than 50 seats on 7 May, will Nicola Sturgeon have enough power to force Labour further left? And could the SNP play the role of Miliband's radical wing in Westminster?

Tories 'increasingly panic-stricken', says Ed Miliband adviser

theguardian.com — An overconfident Tory campaign has lost its energy and momentum, with Ed Miliband proving resilient under pressure, according to Labour's US political guru. David Axelrod, a former campaign strategist for Barack Obama and now Labour's hired hand, said the Tories "keep pushing buttons that are not working", which is leading them to "lurch from tactic to tactic".

Inside the campaigns: 'Now it's all about survival'

theguardian.com — With three weeks to go, no party has any momentum and nothing said so far has cut through with voters. The polls continue to scatter either side of the unchanged reality of deadlock, with declarations of clear daylight emerging between Labour and the Conservatives lasting only until the next batch of polling.

General election 2015: Voters' intentions start to become clear

theguardian.com — It's midway through General Election 2015 and - while still as frustrated as they were at the outset with modern British politics and politicians - the voting intentions of participants in the Guardian/BritainThinks focus groups in a series of "battleground seats" are beginning to crystallise.

Coalition and minority governments are not so unusual in UK elections

theguardian.com — It is late in the afternoon of Friday, 8 May. From the early hours it has been clear that Britain has voted for another hung parliament. The exhausted party leaders have been conferring with advisers and, discreetly, with one another.

Three weeks until the election, it's advantage Miliband-Sturgeon

theguardian.com — At the halfway point in the UK election campaign, it's advantage Miliband-Sturgeon. With three weeks until voting day, Labour and the Conservatives are still virtually tied in the polls and in the race to become the largest party.
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Apr 25, 2015

@Boab10 thanks for this. Can see lots don't like term but I certainly don't see any link to terrorism. Isn't "separatism" used in eg Quebec?

Apr 25, 2015

@David_Goodhart that's not *quite* what the piece says. Simply that it's tricky to brand the SNP "the enemy" when so many Scots back them

Apr 24, 2015

To keep Scotland, Britain must embrace the separatists | Jonathan Freedland gu.com/p/47zqv

Apr 23, 2015

Three-minute election: Why are the Tories stirring English nationalism? – video gu.com/p/47ncq

Apr 23, 2015

Why are the Tories stirring English nationalism? Today's 3-Minute Election video with @pollytoynbee and me theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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