As of the Edinburgh Agreement signed last October, Scotland is holding a vote on independence in 2014. Regardless of the result, the polarized referendum campaigns (split between pro-union and nationalist camps) are leaving a gaping middle ground untouched—increased autonomy—which a majority of Scots believe is the next logical step for Scotland’s evolving union with Westminster.
Following a record-breaking vote —the highest election turnout in 24 years, the Catalan News Agency reports— Catalonia has joined Scotland in taking the first steps towards becoming an independent country.
On Sunday night Catalonia’s Artur Mas was set to win a landslide political victory that soon tuned into a bitter disappointment. Yes, Mr Mas was re-elected but he emerged as the biggest loser of the night.
I have written about Michael Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland, in The Independent on Sunday today. He was once such an anonymous Cabinet minister that he featured in this Times photograph (right) illustrating a story about civil service job cuts.
But I think that he might come to be regarded as the most successful Liberal [...]
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