Unite to agree on new name

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REVIEWING Linda Colley’s latest book, Acts Of Union, Acts Of Disunion (Spectrum, 29 December), David Robinson notes her slightly off-the-wall suggestion of a “federal” United Kingdom. He then goes on to suggest that it be named Islands of the North Atlantic (or IONA – geddit?).

Apart from the predictable objections from Iona, Ireland, Iceland and Greenland, is it conceivable that Westminster would ever go along with a federal system?

After a Yes vote on 18 September, it will be necessary to come up quickly with a name for the rest of the United Kingdom – perhaps ROTUK? Or maybe England, Wales 
and Northern Ireland could be renamed EWANISTAN.

Robin MacCormick, Edinburgh

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