Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond took his campaign for independence across the border, arguing that Scotland can become an economic counterweight to London and benefit less affluent parts of England.
When Queen Victoria unveiled the Italian marble staircases, mosaic tile flooring and gold leaf ceiling in Glasgow’s City Chambers in 1888, Scotland’s industrial hub was at the heart of the British Empire she ruled.
The U.K.’s promise to hand more power to Scotland as the government tries to quash support for nationalism has so far failed to dissuade voters against seeking full independence, according to a monthly poll.
The U.K. Liberal Democrat party held the seat of Eastleigh in a special election, adding to the woes of Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservative Party was pushed into third place behind the U.K. Independence Party.
U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell his Liberal Democrat party today that there’s no alternative to spending and welfare cuts, rejecting accusations he “sold out” by joining a coalition with the Conservatives.
U.K. government efforts to dissuade Scotland from seeking independence in a referendum less than four months from now may be starting to pay off after a poll showed a drop in support for the nationalists.