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How English art shames the Scots Later this year, Scots will have an opportunity to give their verdict on the first term of their new Scottish parliament. Devolution critics are relishing the prospect that the elections in May will be marred by a combination of apathy and disaffection. But to expect a mature political culture to emerge overnight is silly. Those critics would do much better if they directed their fire at areas where the parliament could have made a bigger, immediate impact, but has failed to do so; most notably on the cultural scene. Artists, actors, writers and composers…

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