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It is very seldom that President Xi of China admits that he may have made a mistake. But last week, in remarks made to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 25-strong leadership group, he came close to it, as he called for a major reassessment of China’s international profile and how it presents itself to the rest of the world.
Despite the focus – south of the Border at least – on the travails of the Labour Party, in our view the biggest issue after the UK’s recent regional and local elections remains the ongoing question of Scottish Independence. Despite the SNP falling just short of an overall majority at Holyrood, this will we think be the dominant political issue facing the UK in the coming decade, and those in London who wish to preserve the Union need to realise both that it is at serious risk and that their tactics need to change if they are to succeed.