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Margaret Thatcher
Keeping the kingdom united [Commentary]
Keeping the kingdom united [Commentary]

Scots will be worse off if they vote for independence. It's not good economics, and not much else is at stake. Unlike the now dormant — but never dead — separatist movement in Quebec and rising tide for independence in Catalonia, the Scottish movement lacks a strong impulse in sustaining an ancient culture. Advocates of independence may protest, but they are not about to resurrect Scots or Gaelic as a widely spoken national tongue. They sound more like Texans complaining about Washington, lamenting that London is aloof and deaf to Scottish sensibilities; although Texans would like less government, the Scots want a heck of a lot more. Nationalists are quick to blame local...