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Ancient and modern

The fall of the Roman republic and the rise of Alex Salmond

They have a surprising amount in common

4 April 2015

8:00 AM

4 April 2015

8:00 AM

Alex Salmond, the ex-first minister who proved incapable of making Scotland independent, has assured the world that he and his handful of SNP MPs will force Westminster to dance to his tune, or else. So his response to humiliating failure is the threat of political blackmail. At least it is now clear what the SNP stands for.

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