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Loyalty of the borderlands

Identity, not economics, should direct the debate over Scottish devolution

By Rory Stewart   March 2012

Hadrian’s Wall marks the ancient border between England and Scotland

I live in the northern English borders and I am the only MP whose constituency has the word “border” in its name (Penrith and The Border). Our northern boundary is the Western March: a territory which for four centuries had its own government and law. Like many of my constituents—and much of the British population—I am both Scottish and English. Two years ago, when I walked from my parents’ home in Scotland to my house in Cumbria, I was walking between two nations but I never felt I was leaving…

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