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The Independent - United Kingdom | 01/05/2007

The appeal of nationalism in Scotland

"Little account has been taken of what people living in England - who make up 85 per cent of the Union - think", notes the columnist Sue Stirling. "Public opinion towards the Union is changing most dramatically in England. While Scottish support for the SNP may be up in the election, support for independence has barely altered in 20 years. In England, however, support for an English Parliament has shot up, and some polls even suggest there is now a majority in favour of the English going it alone. Add to this the growing tendency for the English to define themselves as 'English, not British', up from 30 per cent in 1992 to 40 per cent in 2005, and you begin to get a sense of a stirring restlessness within England. ... There are the unaddressed devolution anomalies that are fuelling a sense of injustice among the English. Scottish MPs continue to vote on laws that apply only to England. The English taxpayer ... continues to subsidise Scotland."

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