The No campaign really, really don’t want us talking about our Scottish history – have you ever wondered why?
“Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it,”- George Santayana
Released to mark the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, this article asks what role, if any, does history play in the present day independence debate? Is it all about the future, or must we reconcile ourselves with the past first? What can we learn from it? Or is any reference to history, as some have suggested, an appeal to the emotions, to romanticism? And if it is, is that a bad thing?
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
The thing about discussing the place of history in this debate is that, for the ‘Yes’ side at least, we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t. Today is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. The ‘No’ side don’t want us to discuss it. Don’t take my word for it. Go anywhere…
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