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subjects not citizens) but an ‘aboriginal sovereignty-myth: the ‘Crown-in-Parliament and the (literally) absolute authority of the latter’. 8 The 1970s ‘crisis’ of the British nation-state is then merely a reflection of its bodged foundation: the ‘break-up’ is the ultimate political consequence of the Acts of Union. The ‘acceleration’ in the ‘decline-spiral’ is caused by what Nairn calls ‘the disintegration of Labourism’. 9 Like other analysts of post-war Britain, Nairn posits an initial ‘post-World War II consensus’, though he differs from

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