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Playing the long game

The Tories have everything to gain from a Scottish independence referendum in 2010: the SNP, and New Labour, have everything to lose

By Jamie Stevenson   November 2008

Support for the union has been a cornerstone of Conservative policy for two centuries. At the Scottish Conservative Conference in May 2008, David Cameron spoke of “the ugly stain of separatism…seeping through our union flag” and reaffirmed his opposition to Scottish independence. “I do not want to be the prime minister of England. I want to be prime minister of the United Kingdom – all of it, including Scotland.”

Yet not a word about the union appears on the party’s website, which promises only to “address the West Lothian question and give English MPs a decisive say on laws that…

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