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The English make the case for the break-up of Britain

By Philip Stephens

To understand why Scotland might soon vote for independence one has only to listen to the way the English talk about the 307-year-old union at the heart of the United Kingdom. The dominant strand of English opinion says that Scotland would drown in the attempt to go it alone. Instead of seeking separation, Scotland should count its blessings for England’s unbounded generosity.

Eight months ahead of a referendum that could presage the break-up of the UK, opinion polls say most Scots may indeed decide to play it safe. The headline figures suggest only a third are committed ...

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