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The Scots bid for power has got them a dull parliament and a resentful England

By John Lloyd   December 2004

In the 1980s and 1990s, the Scots made a bid for greater power within the United Kingdom. That bid has failed.

The bid for power may better be represented as several bids – though these were strongly interlocking, and at times could combine. A sense of grievance was the unifying feature, and this grievance was largely directed at the English. It was combined with a strong sense of superiority – which could, itself, take differing forms, though with a common theme.

Among the most pervasive beliefs was that of moral superiority. It was devoutly believed – an

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