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Scottish independence isn’t going away

Learn from history, and plan for a practical, working divorce

By Simon Jenkins   May 2017

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon ©Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

Scottish nationalism will not go away. Once separatist glory is embedded in the subconscious, it becomes a badge of honour. As long as independence is the cry of Scotland’s dominant party, the Scots seem happy to indulge it, even if not fully support it. But Brexit has been a lesson to us all. Who knows what independence really means?

The continued appeal of nationalism is no mystery. Half a century ago, Isaiah Berlin adapted Kant’s image of the “crooked…

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