Sunday 22 September 2002

A royal mistake

Prince Charles has said that he will leave Britain if hunting is banned in England and Wales. I think that Charles has made a huge mistake. In effect, he is saying that banning hunting in Scotland (which has already occurred) will not cause him to leave the UK, but a ban in England & Wales will. One thing that unites all Scots is a desire for an equal status with England. Scots accept that England is bigger, has a larger economy and will always be more influential, but demand a "parity of identities". Failure to understand this has caused the collapse of the Tory vote in Scotland. Charles has handed the Scottish Nationalists a huge propaganda gift.