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And this power struggle carries with it serious threats to free speech and democratic accountability.
Continuing our ConservativeHome series on the key contests in each region or nation.
Well, it’s been quite a week, hasn’t it?
The most ominous portent for a second poll is that the No campaign has collapsed. It needs rebooting urgently.
Whatever Scotland’s first Minister decides to do, events seem to be creating their own momentum.
He and Jess Phillips review the highlights of the news for Sophie Ridge’s Sky News programme.
Parliamentary sovereignty has become fashionable among Europhiles who used to consider it barbaric.
Plus: EU heads-to-heads on LBC. Blair gets his retaliation in first. And: Some people think everything’s a conspiracy – and they may be right.
The injustice of the Durham rape allegation. Mundell comes out. And: who will help me to make my mind up about Europe?
Plus: Loathsome Winston McKenzie. Alex Salmond, Thatcher fan. The indestructible Keith Vaz. And: my interview with Charles Moore is well worth a listen.
The contrast with the waxing fortunes of the SNP illustrates the importance of knowing when to pass the torch.
Also: Scottish Labour fear far-left infiltration; Plaid debate fate of former leader; Welsh Labour criticise ‘toxic’ leadership race; and nationalists bid to rechristen Londonderry.
Also: New welfare reforms could collapse Northern Irish government; Salmond accused of ignoring the Scottish Parliament; and SNP fears infiltration by the far left.
Also: ‘Self-financing’ Yes campaign bankrolled by the SNP; and Welsh Labour minister uninterested in ‘English Labour’ leadership contest.
Any result which sees the election of more than 45 nationalists will raise some awkward questions for May as she forms her new government.