Scotland’s independence referendum question is set, but who does it favour?

As though it had passed through the hands of a newspaper headline writer, the Scottish question has become very short. “Should Scotland be an independent country?” are the six words that Scottish voters will say yes or no to in autumn next year, which, in referendums, may set a record for brevity. In 1980, the people of Quebec faced a question that ran to more than a hundred words and included three semi colons and two dashes, as well as the phrase “in other words”, which, in other words, is the kind of sentence the late Bernard Levin used to write when he was amusing himself in his Times column by trying to set a world record for sentence length.

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