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British establishment will use dirty tricks to stop independence

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THOSE stalwart infantrymen of the grand old Duke of York’s hill-climbing regiment might understand how a modern Scottish nationalist foot-soldier might be feeling right now. These last few summers have been marked by several alarums and excursions about an impending referendum on independence as it seemed that Nicola Sturgeon was about to sound the bugle. We’ve had summers of independence and assorted boot-camps for the SNP officer class to train for the oncoming struggle.

The recent massive independence marches in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dumfries and Inverness have also suggested that the giant is stirring again and that the second referendum is nigh. And while the UK Government’s chaotic and dismal performance during Brexit negotiations has increased support for Scottish independence no clear signals have emerged from Bute House about the most propitious time for a second referendum to be held.

Following her meeting last week with Theresa May, Ms Sturgeon hinted that she would issue an update in the autumn about her thoughts on the timetable for a second referendum but this has caused nary a ripple in the Nationalist firmament. They have been here before and often. Those who favour an early referendum take solace from their belief that at the very latest it must occur before the next Holyrood election in 2021. To tarry longer, they say, would run the risk of the dream being scuppered by the failure to return a Yes majority in parliament. This possibility though, rests........

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