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Wendy Alexander, leader of the Labour Party in Scotland has declared that the SNP Government should “bring on” a referendum on independence and has gone as far as to not rule out a bill calling for a poll earlier than the Nationalist administration’s proposed date of 2010. This has resulted in the issue of Scottish independence making a large impact on the national media for the first time since the SNP’s victory in the Scottish Parliament elections in May of last year. It has also unleashed a potential Pandora’s Box that is threatening to divide the Labour leadership in Scotland from the national leadership.