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Scots on the rocks

Neal Ascherson has found geological origins for Scottish nationalism. This is not as mad as it sounds but it is still no reason to abandon the Union

By Malcolm Rifkind   October 2002

Book: Stone Voices Author: Neal Ascherson Price: Granta, £16.99

Did you know that, in the 20th century, Scotland went through the equivalent of “the uprooting of Russian and Ukrainian society in the 13 years between Stalin’s first Five-Year Plan and the Nazi invasion of 1941?” Writing as a survivor (or, perhaps, as a perpetrator) of the Scottish gulag, I must express surprise at such an awesome revelation. I don’t know whether to protest that we never knew what was being done in our name or to assert that we were only obeying orders.

Apart from that lapse, Neal Ascherson’s new…

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