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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Charlie Brooker in the Guardian, 17 June 2014: "David Cameron has responded to [the 'Trojan Horse' schools] crisis by declaring we need to celebrate 'Britishness' with more enthusiasm. More enthusi...
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George Kerevan: No vote nae threat to London elite

George Kerevan: No vote nae threat to London elite | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Independence for Scotland would help England by ending the bogus concept of a new Britishness, writes George Kerevan
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What happens after the demise of ‘the Holy Trinity’ of Britishness?

It has been a week of momentous events. The unfolding Egyptian tragedy, the restarting of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, and in our corner of the world, the first Scotland v. England match in over a decade.

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Lallands Peat Worrier: Not Scandinavia, but Ireland...

Lallands Peat Worrier: Not Scandinavia, but Ireland... | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
In a column in last weekend's Scotland on Sunday, former SNP MSP Andrew Wilson returned to a familiar theme, arguing that "British identity is key to debate on independence."  
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Wings Over Scotland | When push comes to shove

Wings Over Scotland | When push comes to shove | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We had a brief but enjoyable Twitter debate (Twebate? Twiscussion? Twargument?) with the Spectator’s excellent Alex Massie earlier today, on the question of whether it’s possible for a person to genuinely belong to two countries at once. Our view has long been that it isn’t, but Massie seemed incredulous, querying whether Sir Walter Scott and Donald Dewar really didn’t see Scotland as a “proper” country.

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Andrew Wilson: From Braveheart to Bond: identity politics have no role in referendum

THE potential and power of ­Twitter is well rehearsed. Used well it can inform, amuse and stimulate. Used badly it can bore to the core and often ­offend.
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Attention Wimbledon: Andy Murray Is Scottish And Won't Win On Sunday

Attention Wimbledon: Andy Murray Is Scottish And Won't Win On Sunday | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Any time SportsOlogy has a chance to do a "British People Suck and Deserve to Die" post, we do it, even if it means writing about a sport we don't tackle very often. That sport, of course, is tennis, and you may have guessed that the subject of this post is Andy Murray's run to the Wimbledon final.
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Spectator: Do I Feel British? No, Why Would I Want To?

Spectator: Do I Feel British? No, Why Would I Want To? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

During my activities in politics I have been interviewd countless times by all branches of the media and frequently asked if I feel British. The answer has always been the same, "No, I don't. I don't even know what Britishness is, or means."

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Gerry Hassan: There’s no future to be had living in the past - News - Scotsman.com

Gerry Hassan: There’s no future to be had living in the past - News - Scotsman.com | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
AS JUBILEE celebrations die down in the short period of calm before the Olympics, questions arise about what all this means, what Britain and Britishness is, and what the future might be for both.
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Moridura: I woke up this morning - England and Scotland

Moridura: I woke up this morning - England and Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I woke up this morning, ready to pen my riposte to Kenny Farquharson’s article in Scotland on Sunday, which he had trailed in advance on Twitter last night was to be about the SNP embracing Britishness.

 

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Scottishness, Britishness and the UK

Scottishness, Britishness and the UK | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
  I don’t really care much for nationalisms, of any form, and I always have had great difficulty in recognising the person that is regularly pigeon holed and dismissed as a ‘nat’ by political ...
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The roots of our cultural cringe

The roots of our cultural cringe | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
JONATHAN Mills's decision to ignore the independence referendum in next year's Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) has evoked two reactions:
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Comment: Westminster doesn’t own ‘Britishness’

Comment: Westminster doesn’t own ‘Britishness’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
AN UNEXPECTED twist in the referendum debate has emerged with the No campaign appearing keen to reduce “Britishness” to little more than a formal legal status.
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James Kelman: The ‘Britain Is A Country’ Fallacy | National Collective

James Kelman: The ‘Britain Is A Country’ Fallacy | National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The people of England and Wales who are indifferent to Scottish independence accept the core fact, that Scotland is a country distinct from their own. In their opinion it is up to Scottish people if they want to break from the Union. Good luck, or good riddance, if they do. Of those who are not indifferent some seek to deny Scotland ‘the right’ to independence, by denying that Scotland is a country.

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Wings Over Scotland | As we that are left grow old

Wings Over Scotland | As we that are left grow old | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We don’t know if there’s ever been an official competition for Most British Place In Scotland, but if there was it’s a pretty safe bet that Ibrox Stadium would win it at a canter.

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Becoming British? Navigating the Union of 1707

Becoming British? Navigating the Union of 1707 | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
This paper will take one extended family, the Humes of the Merse (Berwickshire) and use it as a lens through which to view the process of “Brittification;” the four main areas addressed will be the legal, religious and educational ramifications of...
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Lallands Peat Worrier: Is the SNP's Britishness forlorn?

Over the weekend, I was scooting across Oxford in a taxi, when up piped the driver, "So, what do you make of this Scottish National Party then?" The fellow hailed from somewhere in the Middle East - difficult to place where precisely - but he was firmly of the view that Scottish secession would be a mistake.

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Peter A Bell: Identity and ideology

Peter A Bell: Identity and ideology | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

It is time to stop pretending that the idea of Britain as a nation is anything other than a euphemism for the concept of Greater England.

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Margo MacDonald: Scots don’t relate to ‘Britishness’ - News - Scotsman.com

At my nephew Adam’s wedding last week his new father-in-law made a well-received speech which included a line that would have caused heart attacks on a grand scale had it been relayed to the journalists and commentators who are so upset at only 15...
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Kenny Farquharson: Cultural revolution as SNP learns to love the Brits - Comment - Scotsman.com

Kenny Farquharson: Cultural revolution as SNP learns to love the Brits - Comment - Scotsman.com | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond has presided over three great cultural revolutions within the SNP. The first was to persuade his sceptical and suspicious party to accept that devolution could be a stepping stone to independence.
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