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Scots should embrace independence, even at a price

By Frances Cairncross   October 2012

The cleverest politician in the British Isles, Alex Salmond, has played an unpromising hand with extraordinary skill. The Scottish Nationalists, whose party conference takes place this month in Perth, remain overwhelmingly his country’s most popular party. But putting the case for independence has grown harder, at a time when it should have become easier. Hence the current standoff between the Nats and Westminster about whether to offer the punters independence tout court or to add a second less scary option, of a bit more devolution, for those of a nervous disposition. Michael Moore, the Scottish secretary, has said firmly, “There…

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