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Editorial: How to unite the kingdom

By Bronwen Maddox   June 2014

Is this the last summer of the United Kingdom? In three months’ time, the UK may surrender half its territory, with not even a whimper. It would be too generous to credit the Better Together campaign, alternately complacent and tentative, with even that level of decibels; even its name captures its diffidence (what was wrong with “Best Together”?). The television news will airbrush Scotland out of the nightly weather charts, as it comically now does for the Republic of Ireland. And the UK will finally have found a way to make real to the world—and itself—its shrunken influence and power.

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