Scots are very good at heroic defeats – in football, on the battlefield and in elections. They’ve had plenty of practice after all. But the challenge for Scotland after the independence referendum is to realise what they have won, and this is more difficult. The temptation is to indulge in the consolations of victimhood, of “we wuz robbed”; to look for conspiracies and perfidious enemies in the Westminster establishment, the press, the banks.And it’s not as if these conspiracies don’t exist.
But the real way to get at the corporate bullies, anglocentric politicians and a corrupt press is to expose their weakness, not your own.
Scotland made a very dramatic statement last week. Despite being clubbed over the head for two years with threats of economic apocalypse, 1.6 million voters asserted their democratic right to say they wanted to live in a better nation. The political and financial establishment was…
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