UGANDA: Devolution Off

The Welsh and Scots vote nay

"This is a struggle for the soul of the country." So declared an impassioned leader of the upstart Scottish National Party, as Britain approached a long-awaited referendum on "devolution," the Labor government's plan to transfer authority in health, education, housing and other matters from the Parliament in Westminster to regional assemblies to be established in Edinburgh and Cardiff. What prompted Labor's initiative was not a question of soul but of cold politics. Though the Nationalists had been campaigning for greater independence for years, they never won much attention until 1974, when the Scottish party won...

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