We should not simply dismiss George Galloway's talk of "partition" or Adam Tomkins' proposal to bind Scotland by law to England-as-Britain. We should, rather, regard their purposefully outrageous utterances as portents of the British state's intentions.
Consent which cannot be refused or withdrawn as readily as it is given and without onerous penalty is not true consent. It is coercion in the guise of consent.
British Nationalist ideologues such as Adam Tomkins insist, in ever more shrill and angry tones, that Scotland must not diverge from the rest of the United Kingdom. But these fanatics never explain why. They never explain why Scotland's interests must always be subordinated to the demands of a British political elite which has repeatedly and … Continue reading They demand so much. They offer so little.