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Fry’s challenge

Michael Fry's conversion to Scottish independence is the greatest challenge to unionism I have seen in a long time

By John Lloyd   December 2006

More than anything written on Scotland than I can remember, Michael Fry’s cover story in the December issue of Prospect jolted me into thinking in a new way. Fry argued that, as a Tory, his political aims and ideals would be better served within a framework of an independent Scotland than that of the United Kingdom. I had seen this claim, in a telegraphic form, at the end of Fry’s book “The Union”; a full-length rehearsal of it was even more of a shock.

Fry appeals to political reason, not to the different variants of anti-Englishism which have posed as…

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