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Reinventing Scotland

Why has it taken so long for the Scottish radical, free-market right to join the cause of independence?

By George Kerevan   December 2006

Michael Fry’s conversion to the Scottish nationalist cause has created a modest stirring in the heather north of the border. Prior to devolution in 1999, the Scottish intelligentsia and media had debated constitutional change ad nauseum for two decades, seeing it primarily as a bulwark against Thatcherism. With an elected Scottish parliament in place, the intellectuals went back to contemplating personal angst while hacks such as myself frothed at the mouth over the low calibre and limited vision of the new Holyrood politicians, many of whom still behaved like the small-minded Labour councillors they had previously been.

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