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Every Tory attack on the SNP is another blow to the union | John Harris

By scaremongering about a possible Labour/SNP government, the Tories have turned from champions of the union to its inadvertent saboteurs

For those who believe in the survival of the union between England and Scotland, these are obviously febrile, fragile times. The latter country’s experience of the independence referendum has sent the SNP’s poll ratings soaring, and the prospect of the country underlining its political distance from England by sending a huge bloc of that party’s MPs to Westminster now looks inevitable.

Over the weekend, the Tory grandee Kenneth Baker floated the somewhat unlikely idea of a grand coalition between the two big English parties to avert a constitutional crisis; a few days before, my Guardian colleague Martin Kettle wrote a somewhat more level-headed column expressing doubts that “either of the men about to contest the premiership know … they too have a country to save and rebuild”.

It’s certainly an interesting look: a fast-and-loose approach to the very existence of the UK

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