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Another question might be whether early Nova Scotian law was as English as the Blackstone theory would have had it. The more research we do in Australia, the more we find evidence of striking differences between local and English law. That waned, of course, so much so that by the time I was at Law School (early 70s) we were taught English cases as if they were as binding as those of our own High Court. Perhaps the current emphasis on finding differences is part of a wave of nationalist sentiment recently, including the strong push to republicanism. Bruce Kercher