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Great Scot! The Madness of Late-Stage Nationalism

Alex Salmond wants to lead Scotland into independence on September 18—or does he?

Appeared in: Volume 9, Number 6 | Published on: June 10, 2014
Tom Gallagher is emeritus professor of politics at Bradford University in the UK. He is the author of Divided Scotland (2013) and Europe’s Path to Crisis: Disintegration via Monetary Union (forthcoming).
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  • Andrew Allison

    A long-winded description of a ruthless megalomaniac at work. The man is willing to sacrifice the future of his country, and countrymen, for the opportunity to rule it. He’s been told very clearly that if Scotland leaves the UK it leaves both the pound and the EU, and is lying to his supporters about it. We’ve seen this movie before.
    Happily, Scotland lacks the ability to do any real damage outside its borders.

    • B-Sabre

      Sounds like its time to rebuild Hadrian’s Wall.

    • Tryingtodecide

      I think you may be equating independence with a vote for wee Eck? As does the article? The fact is, Johann Lamont or anyone else, as chosen by the electorate, could end up running the place. One is a referendum, the other is an election. It’s an important distinction.

  • S.C. Schwarz

    The Hugo Chavez of Europe?

  • stefanstackhouse

    Maybe they could just rename their newly independent country “Brigadoon”. Go back in time a few centuries, then flash freeze themselves forever except for the occasional show for the tourists.

  • Pete

    Very insightful article.

    It will be interesting to see if the voters in Scotland decide to jump off the cliff.

    It seems people just can’t be satisfied.

  • Breif2

    In my less charitable moments, I am tempted to grant people what they clamor for.

  • Curious Mayhem

    The last time Scotland was in the vanguard of human progress was over a hundred years ago. And it was so only because it was part of, not only Britain, but the British Empire. While not quite the basket case it was 25 or 30 years ago, Scotland is in no position to become independent.

  • Christine

    As a Scot, I find this article alarming but not surprising. But the problem mentioned at the end – feeling trumps thinking – is a problem faced increasingly in the West. I’m afraid for the future of Scotland, because without independence we are likely to face “Devo Max”: independence by another name. And either way, we’re stuck in the horror that is the EU.

    • Andrew Allison

      If Scotland votes for independence, it will have voted to leave both the pound and the EU.

  • stevesailer

    Will Tony Blair and Gordon Brown become ineligible to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?

    • Andrew Allison

      Every cloud has a silver lining!

  • Leo Burns

    I’m sorry but this article is complete and utter crap, so much of this reeks of Westminster corruption and Better Together lies and scare-tactics and the deceptive news media. Especially as Cameron wants to destroy more of our nation in every way he can politically and economically.

    Have an actual look at the situation (I’m sure you can figure out how to research more from here): http://ayeforscotland.tumblr.com/

  • alan f

    Has the writer of this ever been to Scotland or met a Scot?

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