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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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'Vote can end introverted Scottishness'

'Vote can end introverted Scottishness' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
An independent Scotland would promote itself more confidently and get away from
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I'm not sure that the notion of "introverted Scottishness" referred to by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is relevant any longer. Regardless of the outcome of the referendum this September, Scotland has changed quite dramatically in the last couple of decades. The devolution campaigns; the restoration of our parliament; the election of an SNP government; the fight to get a referendum; and now the referendum campaign itself have all had an invigorating effect on Scotland. We are a more confident nation.

One of the things that I have noticed is that, at least among independence supporters, there is a more relaxed attitude to "Scottishness". Strident protestations of patriotic pride in being Scottish are largely left to unionists anxious to affirm  their Scottish credentials even as they denigrate the nation to which they so ardently profess undying loyalty. As if identifying themselves as "proud Scots" somehow took the edge off their insulting insistence that "Scots" are not fit to govern themselves.

There is still anger at the casual contempt with Scotland and its people are treated by the ruling elites of the British state and those who take their lead from them. But now it is a different anger. It is righteous anger rather than resentful rage. It is anger stripped of the bitterness that comes with being powerless in the face of slights and unfairness.

There is now a feeling that we have the power to right wrongs, redress injustices and rectify anomalies. We see the light at the end of the tunnel. There is no longer the need to look back into the murk of the past to fuel a sense of frustrated aspiration.

Scotland has changed. It has changed in ways that make the present constitutional arrangements untenable. It has changed in ways that make a No vote in Scotland's independence referendum unthinkable. A no vote will settle nothing. It will merely signal the return of a redoubled resentful rage that will not be denied. The political union between Scotland and England is finished. What we decide in September is merely the manner in which the two nations move on to a new relationship.

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Independence: Union backers ‘not less Scottish’

Independence: Union backers ‘not less Scottish’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Carmichael is to launch an attack on politicians who try to portray opponents of independence as less Scottish than those who back separation.
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On his appointment as Secretary of State for Scotland we were told that Alistair Carmichael would bring something new to the debate on Scotland's constitutional status. So far, however, there is little evidence that he has anything to offer other than the hypocrisy, duplicity and dishonesty that we have grown accustomed to from the anti-independence campaign.

Hypocrisy, because if one wants to see red-white-and-blue patriotism trumpeted in all its tacky, hackneyed, jingoistic glory then one need only visit the Better Together website. There is barely an utterance that emanates from the bowels of Project Fear which is not prefaced by some overly elaborate assurance as to the author's ethnic credentials.

It is notable that people in the Yes campaign generally find such trumpeting of their "Scottishness" totally redundant. This may, of course, be because they take it as a given that they have Scotland's best interests at heart. Or it may be because ethnicity simply isn't a significant element of Scotland's civic nationalism. It certainly isn't the constant obsession that it is for the British nationalists in Better Together.

Methinks Mr Carmichael doth protest too much. While there may be no disputing the fact that nobody has a right to question his "Scottishness" in the shallow ethnic sense that he uses the term, it is totally valid for anybody to question his "Scottishness" in the sense of whose interests he represents. Like any Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael represents the British state in Scotland. The duplicity and dishonesty lies in the pretence that he represents the interests of Scotland in the British cabinet. We'd have to go some way back in history to find that last SoS who could be described with any accuracy as "Scotland's man".

And the same question regarding loyalty and priorities hangs over all who actively campaign to deny the sovereignty of the people of Scotland, simply by virtue of the fact that they are campaigning to deny the sovereignty of the people of Scotland. We may not be entitled to question their "Scottishness". But we are perfectly entitled to ask where their first loyalty lies. And whether or not their foremost priority is the welfare of Scotland's people or whether it is the preservation of the structures of power and privilege which define the British state.

As history has taught us, being 100% Scottish does not preclude being part of a parcel of rogues.

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Scottish Independence. Your thoughts? | Max Keiser

Scottish Independence. Your thoughts? | Max Keiser | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I can’t believe how much coverage there is here to the September vote on Scottish independence. Almost every time I turn on the radio, there’s more talk about it. We’ll be talking about it too this week on Keiser Report when Dominic Frisby gives his take. Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts and, if you can, let us know whether or not you have any Scottish heritage and/or family there and whether that influences your decision.

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Scanning the comments I see much talk of heritage and ancestry as well as silly complaints about ex-pats not getting a vote in the referendum. I would just like to point out, with little hope that the point will be understood by those doing the complaining, that there is no ethnic element to Scotland's independence movement.

Being Scottish is not about a common inheritance, it is about a shared commitment.

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Wha's like us? Damn few, because we're all different

WHAT are you doing this weekend?

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Is this meant to be something more than a catalogue of facile stereotypes?

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