How the UK’s Establishment Stamped on Scottish Independence

by John Hopkins – Just a month ago the UK’s London-based political parties looked positively disinterested in Scotland’s independence referendum, being comfortable voters would reject the idea. In fact back in 2012 David Cameron had the option of Devo-Max (maximised Scottish self-control within the UK) exempted from the ballot paper – presumably in the belief that Scots would be too scared to choose full independence, meaning he could completely avoid handing more power to the already-devolved Scottish government. Initially, the independence referendum was a straight battle for hearts and minds, between the leading Better Together unionist campaign and the trailing Yes independence campaign, spearheaded by the Scottish National Party (SNP) – the current Scottish government. However, as polling day approached, a surge of enthusiasm for independence indicated London’s complacent attitude was ill-founded. Momentum was suddenly with the Yes camp and, if left unchecked, was making Scotland’s break from the UK...

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