‘Would Robert Burns have supported independence for Scotland? His politics are hard to pin down’

The mawkish cult of Rabbie distracts us from the beauty of the Scottish poet’s exquisite verse

Alex Salmond’s slogan, “Independence in Europe”, is no longer appealing. Unionists have a chance to reset the referendum debate

Benjamin Britten’s festival proves that in music small is beautiful

Scottish devolution is now a fact of life. But the Union is still in Scotland’s interests, despite the rise of nationalism

I could not consent to the introduction into our national life of a device so alien to all our traditions as the referendum,” Clement Attlee told Winston Churchill in May 1945, “which has only too often been the instrument of Nazism and Fascism.”