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Don’t do it Britannia

The break-up of Britain is in the interests of neither the English, the Scots, nor the US. Scottish nationalism is "a game played at the end of history"

I was asked by the editors of Prospect to write about Tom Nairn’s After Britain, and the possible break-up of Britain, because they wanted an outsider’s perspective on what has been a largely inside-the-family debate. They have picked the right person, since I have been-until now-blessedly free from an excessive burden of knowledge or opinions on the question of Britain’s future. My only first-hand contact with Scottish nationalism came in 1995, when I was in St Andrew’s, shortly after a showing of Braveheart, and a couple of English students were roughed up by some overexcited Scottish filmgoers. But the United…

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