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The Scottish media cannot see that Tony Blair is selling devolution to the English

By John Lloyd   May 1997

The muting of the London tabloids has been one of the remarkable features of an unremarkable election campaign. They have professed an exaggerated contempt for John Major for too long to be able to turn into his choir now. Besides, New Labour has built an appeal to England on a mixture of identifying and soothing core concerns-education, crime, tax-and on promising essential continuity with Conservative economic, social and foreign policies, all of which have had overwhelming media support.

In Scotland, the media has been more vehemently opposed to a Tory party with only 25 per cent of the vote and…

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