are u English or Scottish

James Campbell

I came up with this question after reading the latest blog article from Derek Bateman (http://derekbateman.co.uk/2014/08/02/my-country-is-britain/#comment-20603)

Derek is well known in Scotland as a journalist, broadcaster and commentator, but I confess wasn’t known to me until the referendum campaign.  No matter.  He puts a simple question to people in Scotland :

“What’s your country? Scotland or Britain?”

Obviously the issues in the referendum campaign are many and some are complex.  But this question boils it right down to the key issue of national identity.  If your country is Scotland, then the implied consequence is political independence for Scotland.  Vote Yes. 

If your country is Britain / UK, then the implied consequence is (continued) political independence for Britain / UK.  Vote No. 

There is much more that could be said but the question is simplistic in order to make a valid point, and I won’t analyse it further here.  But it…

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