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10 take-aways from the 2015 UK elections

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Scotland independence is inevitable:

2. It’s bye-bye Scotland. Let auld acquaintance be forgot

The Scottish National Party has swept Scotland, which is now the only democratic European country that is a one-party state. It is only a matter of time before Scotland is independent. (Which party, one wonders, will be the opposition there when that happens?) This is a time for lamentation and sweeping assertions: 2015 will go down as one of those rare seminal years in British history, when Everything Changed, alongside 1066 (the Norman Conquest); 1215 (the Magna Carta); 1531 (Henry VIII’s break with Rome); 1649 (the regicide of Charles I); 1688 (the Glorious Revolution); 1877 (the declaration of old Vic as Empress of India); 1945 (the start of the Welfare State); and 1973 (the accession to the European Economic Community). 2015. The end of the Union. The end, in fact, of the British Empire.

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