Shock new poll says Scots set to vote for independence

Shock new poll says Scots set to vote for independence ‘No’ campaign to offer radical deal as latest figures show 51-49% backing for end of the union Everything you need to know for the referendum.
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Alisher Usmanov named as Britain’s wealthiest person

Russian tycoon and major shareholder in Arsenal steals top spot in Sunday Times rich list from steel baron Lakshmi MittalAlisher Usmanov, the Russian tycoon who owns nearly a third of the Premier League football club Arsenal, has ousted steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal from his position as Britain’s wealthiest person.Mittal spent eight years at the top […]
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Must try harder George – the north’s verdict on the Budget

Polling shows that voters in our three regions are starting to blame the coalition for the UK’s economic woes, rather than its Labour predecessors. Ed Jacobs sees that weighing with northern MPs in the Budget vote tonightBudgets are notorious for instant reactions, with the devils – or occasionally angels – proving only later to lie […]
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Alcohol at 40p, 45p or 50p a unit to be Cameron choices for minimum price

Widespread public opposition to curbing cheap booze sales by penalising moderate drinkersOptions for a minimum price on alcohol will be announced by the government this week, as David Cameron launches a consultation on his attempt to crack down on cheap booze, blamed for fuelling anti-social behaviour and drink problems.The report, due on Wednesday, is thought […]
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Journalism once had Woodward and Bernstein. Now it’s guns for hire

As investigative staff reporters are cut, the hunt for exclusives is outsourced – which is how Newsnight got into troubleDo you want to be Woodward, a Bernstein – or maybe just wish you’d joined the hallowed Sunday Times Insight team? For the problem of investigative journalism is, in part, a problem created by journalists themselves, […]
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Military lobbying scandal: more embarrassment may be on the way

What seems most remarkable is that so many former members of the military were fooledThe wonder of the claims that former members of the military have been boasting of being able to lobby, perhaps inappropriately, on behalf of defence companies, is not that this activity is going on.Or that member of the top brass might […]
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MoD lobbying claims: the key figures

Top brass are said to have boasted of access to ministers, sparking a crackdown on lobbying at the Ministry of DefenceGeneral Lord Richard Dannatt, the former head of the armyThe Sunday Times claimed Dannatt had offered to help two executives from a South Korean defence company who wanted to sell the UK military a hi-tech […]
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MoD may ban retired officers after lobbying claims

Defence secretary says he may act after ‘deeply damaging’ allegations that ex-officers may have broken rules to lobby ministersRetired military officers could be banned from the Ministry of Defence after “deeply damaging” allegations that some may have broken official rules to lobby ministers and former colleagues, Philip Hammond has said.Speaking in the wake of a […]
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