Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) is hoping for a majority in regional elections on 6 May to eventually call for a second independence referendum from Boris Johnson. Brexit has given the SNP a large number of young voters, but unlike former pioneers, the new generation of nationalists no longer want to hit the wall with their heads.
It was a daring move that in December 1950 made Ian Hamilton one of the greatest heroes of the Scottish independence movement: the student drives from Glasgow to London with three companions in a small car, and the young nationalists have a Adventure Plan’s Stuff at Westminster Abbey in London stone of scion – A 150-pound piece on which the Scottish kings were once crowned. In 1296, however, the English king Edward I brought the stone to London and integrated it into the coronation chair, since then the British king sat on the stone after ascending the throne: Scottish nationalists saw what symbolized the union of the two kingdoms. The British approach as a sign of repression. But now Hamilton and his accomplices have managed to break into Westminster Abbey in the early hours of Christmas Day, drag the stone into a car and smuggle it into Scotland. “Joy spread across the country,” recalls Hamilton, now 96, over the phone. “I never would have imagined that our action would generate such a huge response.”
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