Sacrificing Scotland

David Cameron: British patriotism trumps Scottish patriotism
David Cameron insists that it is not anti-Scottish to reject independence and vote to stay within the UK. But is that true?

Can it be in Scotland’s interests to vote against the sovereignty of Scotland’s people?

Can it be in Scotland’s interests to vote against Scotland having the normal constitutional status of a nation?

Can it be in Scotland’s interests to vote No and thereby endorse a process by which we get governments that we have rejected at the polls?

Can it be in Scotland’s interests to vote No and thereby endorse a process whereby governments that we have rejected at the polls impose policies that we abhor?

Can it be in Scotland’s interests to vote No and thereby empower a political system which is increasingly inimical to the political culture of Scotland?

Can it be in Scotland’s interests to hand over to the ruling elites of the British state the power that we will hold in our hands on Thursday 18 September in exchange for a handful of vague and worthless politicians’ promises?

Can it be in Scotland’s interests to vote No and inflict on generations to come the humiliation of being the nation which rejected its own independence in favour of subordinate status in an anachronistic, dysfunctional political union within which we are treated with ill-concealed contempt?

If “anti-Scottish” is defined as that which is contrary to Scotland’s interests then it can readily be argued that voting No is “anti-Scottish”. At the very least, those intending to vote No should be aware of the fact that are choosing something which must inevitably be harmful to Scotland and its people in ways that are more or less tangible.

Those intending to vote No need to be very sure that the British state to which they are giving their allegiance is worth the sacrifice of Scotland.

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