British prime minister Boris Johnson has claimed that the EU was ‘pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate’, and that the plucky English Brexiteers would ‘set the country free’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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“When the State pays, it doesn’t mean that the poor subsidise the wealthy”

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Pro-independence supporters gather in Edinburgh last September. Photograph:   Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Robbie Gallacher lives in Blairhall, a former mining village whose fortunes have waned since its colliery closed in the late 1960s. When he left the p(...)