Brian Taylor, Political editor, Scotland

Brian Taylor Political editor, Scotland

This is where you can find my take on what's happening in the world of Scottish politics

Analysis: Referendum results night (in bite-sized chunks)

19 September 2014
Yes No signs and flag

Keeping up with what is happening as the results of the Scottish referendum come in. Here are some bite-sized chunks of analysis.....

Posted 05:38

If there is a "No" vote - as seems likely - what might be the impact upon the SNP? Clearly, there would be a period of introspection. But would the party fragment? I think not.

Firstly, even if the vote is lost, this would be a good performance for the wider independence cause.

Secondly, the SNP is not the same party as the one which faced a rethink in the aftermath of the very different referendum in 1979.

The Nationalists are now a party of government, a decidedly outward-looking and professional outfit.

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Time for the people to speak

17 September 2014
Yes and No balloons

The final day and confidence is the keynote on either side. Certainly, that was so at the two competing rallies I attended in Glasgow.

At the Yes event in the city's Buchanan Street, the talk was of empowering a generation. The talk was of enabling Scotland to build a more prosperous and just society.

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Political parties make power play

16 September 2014
Daily Record
The pledge was carried on the front page of Tuesday's Daily Record newspaper

Perhaps it might help if we took a little look at the pledge of more powers set out by the pro Union parties today.

The one that was trailed last night by Gordon Brown and covered on the telly and the wireless.

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Impassioned pleas as end in sight

15 September 2014
Jockey Carol Batley, representing the "No" vote, (L) and jockey Rachael Grant, representing the "Yes" vote, prepare to take part in a "Referendum Race" sponsored by Ladbrokes at Musselburgh racecourse on September 15, 2014

Entirely understandably, there is the sense of an end game. But that does not mean in the slightest that the passion has drained from this referendum. Absolutely the reverse.

Two speeches today exemplify that phenomenon, in different ways. Both Alex Salmond and David Cameron delivered emotive and emotional arguments.

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A remarkable electoral event

11 September 2014
yes and no supporters

So where are we?

With each side eager to assign gloom and despondency to the other. Chaos, says one. Despair, says the other.

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Personal pleas

10 September 2014
David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband
David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband campaigned in Scotland ahead of the referendum

Different perspectives. Different pitches. Different leaders. Different venues. But a common thread.

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg all campaigned in Scotland today urging people to reject independence.

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Symbolism and pragmatism

9 September 2014
Ruth Davidson, Johann Lamont and Willie Rennie
The Scottish leaders of the three main pro-Union parties backed a timetable for more powers

Symbolism all around. Behind the three pro-Union Scottish party leaders, the Holyrood Parliament. Beyond, in the distance, Calton Hill where they previously declared their joint support for more devolved power.

And the first minister?

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Together, yes - but scarcely chums

8 September 2014
Campaigners
The Better Together campaign faces a series of challenges

It may not be outright panic. But it is hardly calm, measured insouciance either.

Better days may - or may not - return for Better Together but, right now, it is scarcely glad confident morning.

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Are you excited or anxious ahead of the referendum?

5 September 2014
Johann Lamont
Labour's Johann Lamont argued people who voted SNP did not necessarily support independence

Consider this referendum. Yes, yes, I know, you do little else. But reflect upon the emotions stirred by said plebiscite.

Are you enthralled or enervated? Are you intrigued or underwhelmed? Perhaps above all, are you enthused by the prospect of independence - or apprehensive? Are you excited or anxious?

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The social justice competition

4 September 2014
No and Yes signs

Both are party leaders. Both are offering "social justice" as a key objective.

However, Ed Miliband and Alex Salmond reach rather different conclusions as to the best way to deliver that aim.

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About Brian

Brian has been a journalist for ever, well, since 1977.

He covers politics in all of its guises - UK, European but mostly Scottish.

Before joining the BBC he spent six years as a lobby correspondent at Westminster.

He has lectured on politics and identity across Europe and the USA and has written two books - and co-written a handful of others.

At St Andrews University, he studied literature.

He is a proud, patriotic Dundonian and fanatical supporter of Dundee United Football Club, losing no opportunity to trumpet their many glories.

He is married with two sons.

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