In 1997, Scottish voters decided in a referendum that, almost three centuries after the Acts of Union with England, there should once again be a Scottish parliament, with tax-varying powers. Just two years later, the parliament was re-established in Edinburgh, and since then there have been two more rounds of devolution, with more powers passing from Westminster to Holyrood. But nearly 20 years on from that decisive vote to move power closer to the people, there’s a growing concern that in Scotland power is increasingly being centralised.

In last June’s UK-wide referendum, Scots voted by ...


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