The best of ‘The Nation said No Thanks!’

In response to popular demand (well, one tweet) here are the ten most popular posts on The Nation said No Thanks! blog so far. My little list might make it easier for anyone interested to see what has caught readers’ imaginations so far. Enjoy.

  1. Lewes and the Alex Salmond bonfire controversy – by far my most read post, written in haste in the aftermath of the outrage expressed by various demented nationalists that their beloved leader was to be burnt in effigy at the annual Lewes (Sussex) bonfire celebrations. Even worse for some was that the effigies sported precious national symbols … including the number ‘45.’ A great example of the truth of the old saw that fools rush in where angels fear to tread
  2. The SNP’s deceit (or naivety) about the UK oil and gas industry – OK it was a bit of a polemic but at its heart was a serious analysis of what drives the industry and the fact (irrefutable) that it is in long term decline. Oh, and the price of Brent crude today is about $51 a barrel compared with the SNP’s assumed average over the next few years of $113. Sigh. [Not in my top 10 but I did a follow up on The significance of low oil prices for Scotland that may be of interest]
  3. Is Alex Salmond lying about ‘The Vow’? – yes
  4. Why I’m going to vote No – re-reading my reasons for voting No, written a few weeks before the referendum, I see no reason to change my judgements. What more strident protagonists of independence still fail to realise is that there will be 2,001,926 versions of this (the number of No voters), all of them far from the simplistic characterisation of fear or gullibility that the more ignorant continue to punt to explain their failure to win the referendum
  5. Lies, myths, truth and Jim Murphy – written in August, I’d like to say this was a prescient post about the now-leader of Scottish Labour, then recently ‘egged’ in Kirkcaldy. In fact it was a look at how lies could be perpetrated on social media to the extent that they became transformed into myths and eventually, for some, unassailable truth. At its heart, a poor independence-loving pensioner brutally assaulted by unionists. Or not, as it turned out
  6. Why 38 is more important than 45 – the basic arithmetic of the referendum, well rehearsed by now, demonstrating that over 60% of the adult Scottish population did not vote for independence. But even yesterday I saw an impassioned tweet from an otherwise nice woman who claimed ‘the hearts of half of Scotland’ were ‘broken’ by the referendum result. More a case for A & E than serious political discourse I’d suggest
  7. The idiocy of Scotland declaring UDI – … and the idiots who perpetrated it. Some still do
  8. Intolerance and abuse – is this the future of public discourse in an independent Scotland? – the nasty side of the Yes campaign and why I thought it was worse than anything emanating from the No side (I still do)
  9. The sovereign will of the Scottish people – how pompous (and arguably sinister) can nationalism get? The ringing phrase has not been much heard since 18 September. I wonder why
  10. Around the web – a page rather than a post, various things on the web about the referendum I enjoyed, from a song by Tom Morton to a magnificent defence of the union by one George Galloway. I’ve checked the links. They’re still there and worth a view.

My fervent wish for 2015 is that I don’t need to update this list for New Year 2016. I live in hope. Thanks for reading this and if you’re one of the many who’ve dipped into The Nation said No Thanks! blog this last year my thanks also.

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