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It nearly happened to Canada in 1995 – Quebec failed to go independent by about 1 per cent in a referendum.
But then Canada had been bequeathed the same strange constitutional settlement by which we have lived down the centuries – unwritten and often even uncertain.
So it is that Britain itself faces a reality that a simple majority in this referendum will decide whether the country breaks up or not.
It was the mid-1970s. In my taxi, alongside Ian Paisley, I’d got a clean sweep of some of Northern Ireland’s most hostile political rivals.
Have we learned from 9/11? From my own experience reporting sporadically across the region for over three decades, my fear is that we have not.
Iran’s Chief Negotiator Abbas Araghchi tells me that there is a genuine negotiating bond of respect with the United States, but the negotiations are hard.
Amid the rise of and widespread exhibition of the vile inhumanity of the Islamic State, has been the tender opening of dialogue between two vast regional enemies – Iran and Saudi Arabia.
My grandfather was a heroic figure who understood his own shortcomings, but was candid too about the terrible failures of those directing the war from Whitehall.
My grandfather, a WWI officer, led the retreat from Mons in 1914. 100 years on, my work as a journalist has left me with a vivid picture of the grave suffering that war brings.
A huge fired ravaged parts of the world-famous Glasgow School of Art on 23 May. Jon Snow returns two months later to see the damage for himself and hear about the renovation plans.
We publish in Hebrew Jon Snow’s account of the scene in Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, where doctors struggle to treat adults and children wounded by Israeli attacks.