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By refusing Nicola Sturgeon, Theresa May is speaking for the majority of Scottish people

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Alex Salmond has oft been known as a gambler. The former SNP leader’s love of a punt even delivered him a long-running column in a tabloid newspaper as a racing tipster.

His successor, Nicola Sturgeon, was supposed to be cut from a different cloth – more cautious and preferring to puzzle a challenge out from every angle and seek advice, rather than simply pronounce. Well, cleaning up after the boss as his long-suffering deputy for 10 years will do that to a woman. Or at least so went the received wisdom.

Which is why Monday’s Bute House drama – a press conference in front of double saltires and the sort of mantelpiece urns your granny had in her “good” room – caught many UK newsrooms on the hop. Delivered with the staccato syntax designed to show that the First Minister really means it, she threw the whole SNP playbook at the event. Complaints over process (Brexit negotiations through the...

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