While I’ve been uncharacteristically silent, the discussion in one of the comments threads below has wandered off from the West Lothian Question to the Schleswig-Holstein question.

All you need to know about that one, as far as I remember, is that Lord Palmerston is supposed to have said that only three people every understood the Schleswig-Holstein question. Prince Albert was dead. A German professor once did, but then went mad. And he himself did once upon a time, but had forgotten all about it.

Probably apocryphal.

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