The great revolt against London appears to be over. In the wake of the 1974 elections, with the Welsh and Scottish nationalists in full cry, it really seemed as if the movement against ‘London rule’ might get somewhere. For a while, at least, it even seemed possible that the vocal Celtic rejection of the capital’s over-mighty sway might awake a true sleeping giant — the ever-present anti-London feeling of the English ‘province’ (London’s word, not theirs). Consciousness of this deep, growling, regional resentment against Whitehall and ‘London folk’ — and what it might do if ever stirred to full life — almost certainly accounts for the speed with which the Labour Party discovered its great attachment to the cause of devolution.
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