"An independent Catalonia would be economically and socially viable, although this is difficult to achieve. Currently the apparatus of the state is mobilized against Catalonia, steadily choking it to death." (Jordi Pujol in an interview published in Presència on August 31st 2012)
Could one imagine Mr Dewar saying anything comparable about Scotland today if he had survived? Hardly, although it is true that his unfortunate Labour successor in the office of First Minister, Henry McLeish, recently expressed the view that independence might be "the shock that Scotland needs".