Today’s FT leading article woefully fails to lead…

….the debate because it’s underlying motivation is starkly exposed in the penultimate paragraph of a long article arguing the case, often well in my view, for union. “More devolution is the answer, but not at any price…..It is far from clear how England, the preponderant power, would fit into a federalised union in which Scotland enjoyed all political gifts short of independence”. The clues here are in the words “preponderant” and “gifts” as if the union is not supposed to be about equal nations and democracy is not about rights but gifts. C’mon FT. If you’re going to try to lead the debate then lead it with honesty and say upfront that your core concern is England. There’s nothing wrong with that. But then don’t suggest that the Scots are fools for wanting what you want.


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