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|Scooped by Peter A Bell|
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.