In which I argue that the fears being expressed about independence – from welfare to defence capacity to the national debt – are already being manifested right now within the United Kingdom. Yet nobody seems to be arguing that the UK is unsustainable as an independent country…
In which I suggest that UK Government pronouncements on security and defence matters in an independent Scotland demonstrates a hostility that would be shameful if shown to any other UK neighbour or ally. I instead suggest four precedents that indicate that there will in fact be excellent cooperation in this area between Scotland and the rUK.
In which I briefly summarise series 2 of Danish political drama Borgen – where it’s rather astonishing what a little independent country can get up to…
In which I try (in vain) to think of a single aspect of British identity besides the passport that would die upon Scottish independence.
In which I offer a few examples that show that Scotland’s place within the UK – and the debate around it – is actually harming the interests of the other nations of the UK and fuelling political resentment. We therefore need to move from a resentful relationship to a respectful one.
In which I reflect on some surprisingly insular and xenophobic language from supposed socialists, and wonder why some left-wing Unionists appear to have such a problem with foreigners.
In which I point out that the UK and Canada’s joint embassy plans rather undermine the argument that Scotland couldn’t sustain its own diplomatic network – and indeed rather point a way for Scotland to achieve it.
An attempt to critique the various early arguments from the No campaign, following their official launch.
In which I argue that, far from being a threat to Britishness, Scottish independence could in fact strengthen and enhance Britishness. This article was later republished by National Collective.
In which I ponder the potential implications beyond Scotland of Scottish independence.