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The Scottish Spring
On 5 May 2011 Scottish voters gave the Scottish Nationalist Party, the SNP, an outright majority in their parliament at Holyrood, Edinburgh, under their leader Alex Salmond. The SNP said in their manifesto that they would hold a referendum towards the end of the parliament which will last five years. What is the meaning of this dramatic turn for Scotland, for Britain as a country, for the United Kingdom as a state, and for the other nations, especially England. What are the forces and energies being stirred and how may the political parties respond. Since it started OurKingdom has covered the shaping constitutional and democratic implications of the UK's national question. Now we welcome 'The Scottish Spring'.
See the short series, Britain after 5 May, for 28 articles of immediate reaction to a pivotal moment for Britain, democratic reform, the party political landscape and the fate of the union.