January 16, 2007

Why are the SNP taken so seriously?

Asked what the Act of Union (300 years old today) had done for England and Scotland, an SNP spokesman told BBC Radio 4 tonight:

Well, back three hundred years ago, it made England look strong and powerful.

And that, apparently, is it.

Regardless of what you think about nationalism and the idea of Scotland becoming independent, isn’t it more than a little disingenuous to suggest that Scotland hasn’t benefitted one jot from being politically and economically joined to England?

True, they would have had a lot of North Sea oil to themselves, but I’d be interested to know if Scots think that England has ever done anything for them.

My suspicion is that the Act of Union has strengthened both countries over time, and that in denying this outright, the SNP are making themselves look silly. There are still arguments for independence today without disregarding three hundred years of history, no?


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  1. It got Scotland out of hock at the time too.

    16 Jan 2007, 23:45

  2. Grant Thoms

    Naturally there is more to case for Scottish Independence than reminding everyone of the economic blackmail used by England to close its northern frontier from threat of invasion some 300 years ago.

    But please note that London-based media like to frame the news agenda in very simple terms. Actually, the Scottish media like to do the same. Either way, journalism is all the poorer for it.

    If you take the time and effort to visit and read the SNP website, there is a wealth of policy information and comment explaining why Scottish Independence is appropriate now in today’s society.

    17 Jan 2007, 13:20

  3. It’s not the London-based media trying to frame these things in simple terms… it’s a senior member of the SNP doing it!

    17 Jan 2007, 14:19

  4. Harkness

    To hell with you if you think that the SNP is ‘silly’, to hell with you cowards who think the british ‘help’ the scottish, they abuse, mistreat, enslave and degrade the soil they touch. To hell with “great” Britain, to HELL with the union act and to hell with your damned UK, Welsh Freedom, Irish indepence for all Irish, and Scottish Independence!
    Ni neart go chur le chéile!

    14 Sep 2007, 05:56


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