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Why the Scottish Tourist Board should thank David Starkey

By Brian Semple  

Homecoming Scotland: a year of whisky, golf and Rabbie Burns.

Two Thursdays ago was St. George’s Day. It may have passed you by. The streets of central London were not noticeably busier, give or take the odd group of drunken stragglers with English flags. The atmosphere was more akin to that of a minor schoolboy football friendly than a national celebration.

And that’s the way it should be, according to Henry VIII historian and professional controversialist David Starkey,…

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