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Leading Scottish historian backs independence campaign

A supporter of Scottish independence on September 21, 2013 flashes the victory sign at a rally in EdinburghProminent Scottish historian Tom Devine backed independence on Sunday in a boost to the Yes campaign a month from the referendum. The academic, considered a leading authority on modern Scottish history, told an interview with the Observer newspaper that he had originally planned to vote No. Devine, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth earlier this year in recognition of his services to the study of Scottish history, said he intially favoured an independence alternative known as “devolution max”. Currently, Holyrood can set education, health, environmental and justice policy, but the proposed “devolution max” alternative to independence would see all Scottish taxes collected by the Scottish parliament.

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