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The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scots could federalise the UK

The heated debate about the Scottish independence referendum taking place tomorrow, Thursday, must lead to the federalisation of the country at all levels, columnist Shirley Williams argues in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: "The referendum debate is not fuelled only by controversy between unionists and nationalists. It reflects also the underlying anger and resentment among members of the public in England and Wales. ... It demands a radical response, not only devolution of more powers, including in areas of taxation and public expenditure, to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, but also a willingness to devolve power within each country to the great cities as well as to local communities - in short, acting on the principle that decisions should be made at the level of those affected by them."

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