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Scottish independence: denial is no way to ward off divorce

The British right cannot answer the case for nationalism because it does not understand it

By Ben Jackson  

Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Archive

How should unionists answer the case for Scottish independence? The first step is to admit they have a problem. Many unionists have spent so long greeting independence with condescension that they find themselves unable to empathise with, and rationally respond to, the attractive argument for democratic self-determination that underpins Scottish nationalism. The latest efforts to save the union being plotted from Downing Street provide a case study of the intellectual vacuum on the unionist side.

As the SNP continues to ride high in polling for…

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