he saw the opportunity and took it
Ok so I’ve read a lot of (misguided)posts comparing the nationalists in Scotland to the supporters of the BNP and it just needs to be made clear that they are two very different things.
The BNP are a far-right political party that “put Britain first”. They are nationalists in the sense that they plan to systematically oppress people depending on their ethnicity and they believe that supremacy lies in being a “British national”.
The nationalists in Scotland, from what I have experienced, are much more similar to civic nationalists- basically they believe all citizens should have an equal say in how the country is run, regardless of class/ethnicity/anythingfuckingelse. It’s the polar opposite and a fairer, more logic system.
This is echoed by the fact that the only people who can vote in the referendum are the people who are resident in Scotland at the time of the vote. These are the people that the vote will directly affect and it is agreed amongst the vast majority of people that this is the fairest way.
This isn’t intended to be a Vote Yes post or a patronising post and I’m not trying to influence anyone at all. I’m just sick of the naive view that all Scottish independence supporters are deluded English hating, Braveheart loving maniacs.
Absolutely. I watched the livestream of one of the Yes events, and one of the people for the Yes campaign made a comment about “Scottish people” and then went back and corrected herself, saying, “That is, the people who live in Scotland, regardless of their origins.”
There are racist nationalistic organizations here like the Orange Order and Ukip, but they are all against independence. Independence is not about nationalism, it’s about democracy.
Billy Bragg puts it well.