In the early months of the Second World War, newspapers in Allied and neutral countries carried reports that the Nazi occupation forces in Poland had imposed the death penalty for a number of apparently trivial offences, including the wearing of felt hats. Was this true? Or was it crude Allied propaganda, or mistaken reporting through the fog of war? Did the Germans really enforce such an insane prohibition?
While the four home nations have distinct problems, addressing them piecemeal would be a huge mistake – the government needs a united strategy to preserve the Union.