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On rebranding separatism

As I write this, round one of the current French presidential election has just been completed and I heard a radio reporter comment on how all eleven candidates invoked the French national motto in their campaigns: Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Is there anyone … Continue reading

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More lessons from South Africa for Scottish nationalism

A few days ago I asked Can Scotland learn any lessons from apartheid-era South Africa? My analysis was prompted by a friend who thought Scottish nationalists threatened to be like the former South African National Party (Afrikans, pro-apartheid), who achieved … Continue reading

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Can Scotland learn any lessons from apartheid-era South Africa?

The SNP are like the Afrikaner nationalists of 1948. They achieved so much of their agenda by ruthless chicanery without ever seeing the world they actually lived in, and ended up with so much less. That was the message I received … Continue reading

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Celebrating the UK: No. 1 in an occasional series – the El Salvadorean guerilla

A while  ago, in response to the occasional challenge from passing nationalists, I said I’d write about a vision for the UK. I’ve found it quite difficult to knuckle down to that for a variety of reasons. Partly it’s been … Continue reading

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The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black Black Oil

(The first and probably the last theatre review to appear on the No Thanks! blog) Well, I don’t often get to the Dundee Rep but when I do I always find myself thinking ‘Why doesn’t Aberdeen [where I stay] have … Continue reading

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The referendum a year on: 2 – What I’ve not enjoyed about Scotland in the last year

This is the second of three articles to appear on three consecutive days. The first set out some facts about political opinion in Scotland a year after the referendum. The third will describe what I have enjoyed about Scotland in … Continue reading

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A MODEST PROPOSAL …

… For preventing the government of Scotland from being a burden on their citizens or on the United Kingdom, and for making them beneficial to the public. It is a sadness to those who walk through the streets of this great … Continue reading

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