Countering Nicola Sturgeon

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.

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A tale of two elites

Last week’s announcement by President Macron of France of the closure of the elite École nationale d’administration (ENA) may seem to be an odd thing for us to choose to write about in a week when HRH Prince Philip has died, and on the very day when, in England at least, the latest relaxations of the social distancing restrictions take place. But we think it says something important about France, and prompts equally important reflections on Britain too. 

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