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A majority in Scotland want independence – and all that surprises me is how small the majority is

According to Politics Home:

A majority of Scots are now in favour of independence and want a second referendum by 2021, according to a new poll.

The new study conducted by Lord Ashcroft Polls for PoliticsHome’s sister title Holyrood puts support for independence at 46 per cent for and 43 per cent against.

Once those who said they didn’t know how they would vote, or said they would not vote, are removed, support for independence rises to 52 per cent for, 48 per cent against.

What’s surprising to me is that the margin is so low.

As the Guardian (and others) reported yesterday:

The Tory candidate for one of the party’s target parliamentary seats has sought to distance himself from a column he wrote accusing Scotland of “fleecing” English taxpayers and claiming that Scotland remaining in the UK would be a “catastrophe” for England.

Ryan Henson was selected last year as the Conservative candidate for Bedford and Kempston. In a 2014 article for Conservative HomeHenson wrote that, except for its contribution to Britain’s armed forces, “Scotland’s single biggest offering to the union over the past 50 years has been to provide the Labour party with parliamentary lobby fodder.

I’d suggest that if I was north of the order I’d be thinking it’s time to start a new country.

What baffles me is why some do not agree in the face of all the evidence that now exists that the United Kingdom is anything but what it claims to be on its tin, and is heading fast towards national collapse.

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