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Reclaiming the “F” Word

The London-based media, including (bizarrely) the BBC, have characterised the early stages of the Independence debate as having more to do with “Braveheart” than hard-nosed realities.  They could not be more out of touch with what is really going on in Scotland. In the 1995 Oscar-winning movie “Braveheart”, Mel Gibson’s William Wallace famously roars “FREEDOM!”…

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Cameron: I Love Boy’s Own History of Britain err England

The Prime Minister’s childlike affection for “Our Island Story” is clear and widely reported.  What he may find harder to explain is why a badly-written celebration of English colonialism is relevant to a discussion of contemporary Scottish Britishness. When David Cameron made his emotional-reasoning pitch for the Union at the London Olympic Velodrome, he based…

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A Journey to Democracy

The peoples of the UK have been cheated out of democratic reform for over a generation.  In response, Scotland has worked methodically to create a chance for this to change. My first memory of “democracy” was the 1979 devolution referendum.  I was 8 years old at the time. Back in those days, when there was…