The future of the UK seems perpetually in peril. As Andrew Marr argues in this month’s cover story, nothing is inevitable about Scotland’s breakaway, but London’s complacence is making it more likely. Also in this issue: Jill Rutter explores how we’re coping outside the single market, Eliane Glaser has been horrified by the education jargon being foisted on her children during her time homeschooling, and Miranda France gives her verdict on the new Kazuo Ishiguro.
Under President Clinton the US's policy on Northern Ireland has moved towards the nationalists. Conor O'Clery provides the first detailed account of the forces which shaped Clinton's conversion in last year's visa wars
The frantic swings in American political life over the past five years have perplexed the world. Martin Walker sees them as symptoms of a bigger shift in the balance of power following the end of the cold war