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Scottish independence: Federalism is the only way to save the UK

If Salmond loses the independence referendum, there will be an urgent need to hammer out an alternative to Westminster absolutism

By David Marquand   June 2014

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The Union Jack projected onto Parliament: “In the sub-conscious of English politicians and commentators lurks incomprehension about the UK’s non-English”. ©London News Pictures/Rex

Lying on the desk in front of me as I type is my passport. The cover is an elegant confection of maroon and gold. “European Union” proclaims the first line, in golden capital letters. Beneath, slightly larger golden capital letters add the words: “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” Beneath that, also in gold, are the arms of Her Britannic Majesty,…

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