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The chimera of independence

The case for independence has not even begun to have been made. Give devolution a chance

By Magnus Linklater   December 2006

Michael Fry, a conservative convert to the radical cause of Scottish independence, peddles a good line by embracing independence on the grounds of his conservative principles—but fails to make the case. Devolution has, it is true, been a disappointment thus far, but we are still only seven years into the project, and it remains by far the best political solution for Scotland. A system that gives the country a healthy measure of autonomy without severing its economic links with its powerful neighbour, England, without threatening to break up the United Kingdom, without having to reinvent relations with Europe, and above…

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