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Scotland’s unsettled will

Dear David,

You have said that devolution or home rule, as I prefer to call it, is “the settled will” of the Scottish people. I am not so sure about that. Setting aside the still sizeable minority who are happy with the status quo, nationalists will accept home rule only as the first step to independence and the dissolution of the UK. I know that you and the Scottish Labour leaders believe that the establishment of a parliament with limited powers in Edinburgh will choke off the demand for independence. But it’s rather a gamble, isn’t it?…

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