Friday, 8 May 2009

Unwinding the Act of Union 1707

From "The Guardian"

For the first time, the independence issue is being taken out of the abstract. People can see the character not only of the SNP in government, but also of how the independent Scotland it seeks might look. Not since 1707 have unionists been under so much pressure to explain what advantages are brought to Scotland through participation in the UK.

With a large proportion of social democratic supporters of independence continuing to give their support at election time to the Labour party, the gradual emergence of a rival better able and more willing to represent these values in office, and to unlock this support in a referendum, may just be enough to precipitate the unwinding of the British state as we know it.

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