If we vote no, we’re admitting to the world that we’re happy to be a region; a region with some cultural and historical trappings that please the tourists, but a region nonetheless. If we vote no, we’re giving up the right to claim that Scotland is a country. If we vote yes, then Scotland will become a country once again.
A guest post by Bob Hastings
‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ That’s the question we have to answer on September 18. But there’s one word too many in that question. It should read simply ‘Should Scotland be a country?’
Wait a minute, though, you say, we know that Scotland is a country. It has its own flag and anthem and football team; its own legal and educational systems; it even has two national drinks. It must be a country.
But although most of us are convinced that Scotland is a country, I’m afraid it isn’t. Not if you consider a country to be a sovereign state. Slovakia, Latvia and Luxembourg are countries, but Scotland is a region.
If Scotland were a country, we would have the government we vote for at every election. If Scotland were a country, it would have a seat in the United Nations. If Scotland…
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