Comedian Eddie Izzard and Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy on the British general election campaign trail in Glasgow on Monday. Many Catholics in Scotland have stuck by Labour in the face of the nationalists’ surge, but some are disillusioned over the party’s stance on independence. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Two stadiums, two radically different views of the upheaval in Scottish politics. Parkhead and Ibrox are just a few kilometres apart, but in the heart(...)

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood speaks to the media outside her party’s office in Treorchy, Wales, which is next door to a fish-and-chip shop. The surge of the Scottish nationalists has turned the spotlight on the difficulties their Welsh counterparts face in making a similar breakthrough. Photograph: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

The door opens slightly and a middle-aged woman appears, wedging her slight frame against the wall so as to keep a barking dog at bay. She spots the P(...)