The Guardian’s ‘Disunited Kingdom’ series

I’m sure most readers have already noticed that this week the Guardian has been running a series of items about the UK’s territorial politics, under the banner  ‘Disunited Kingdom’.  Of particular interest to me have been pieces by John Curtice about public opinion (here), and an interview with Alex Salmond (here). The whole series can be found here.

What’s particularly encouraging about the series is that I’m told by those involved that it marks the start of much more thorough coverage of devolution- and territorial-related issues by the Guardian, and won’t just be a week’s flash in the pan.  I do hope that is true; the issues involved merit more extensive coverage than they have had up to now, particularly in England.

As part of this series, I took part in a discussion recorded on Thursday chaired by Hugh Muir with Joan McAlpine MSP and Michael White from the Guardian.  This was a pretty wide-ranging tour d’horizon of most of the big questions devolution raises, and will be a ‘Guardian Focus’ podcast.  It’s available here.


Filed under English questions, Events, Media issues, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Westminster

2 responses to “The Guardian’s ‘Disunited Kingdom’ series

  1. I agree that this series in the Guardian has been refreshing – enlightening even. What has struck me most in the comments sections has been the way the reality of devolution is beginning to penetrate the English conciousness. Apart from the usual resentful few petulant toy throwers, most of the Comments appear to be from thoughtful people trying to come to terms with the challenges and opportunities the changed Britain (and whatever happens to the UK, it will still be Britain) will present to them.

    I have been mightily impressed by this series, and hope they live up to the promise of making it a constant theme. I a, also looking forward to seeing your podcast on Friday.

    Diolch yn dwlpe!

  2. Josie

    Refreshing Sion? Bizarre is the word I would use. Not ONE of the contributors to these articles were English; did you not notice that strange fact? The largest nation in the islands, and they couldn’t find ONE persona to write about the subject from a really English point of view!

    I don’t call that refreshing, I call it disingenuous – they didn’t even seek an opinion from the Campaign of an English Parliament, which probably knows more about the subject than any of the Guardian hacks.

    But I suspect your enthusiasm is because of that precise fact; and what struck me in the comments was some disgusting, even vile stuff aimed at the English ; by some who would justify it as merely being ‘fun’ – it rather depends on what you find offensive, doesn’t it?

    I find the lack of even a token attempt at balance disgusting; and it degrades those that find it acceptable.

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