To my mind the most intriguing voters in the Scottish independence referendum were the people who said: “I’m not a nat, but I’m voting ‘yes’.”They wanted independence, but insisted they were not nationalists. In fact they became quite upset if you described them as such. They regarded nationalism as narrow and atavistic. You did not have to be a nat to support independence, they insisted. This group was interesting because it contained many of my friends and relatives.
Power grab or power bonanza? Outrage or opportunity? Which of these narratives about Brexit is true for Scotland? The difference could not be more stark. One narrative characterises Brexit as an attack on Holyrood, stripping Scotland of powers that should rightly be ours under devolution. The other presents Brexit as a chance to boost Holyrood, enhancing its reach, influence and authority. So which is true?
What is the most beautiful room in Scotland? The question came to mind when I was watching a TV news report the other day of John Swinney meeting Damian Green for Brexit talks in Edinburgh. They took place in a gorgeous art deco room in St Andrew’s House that for decades was the office of the secretary of state for Scotland. Down the years I’ve been in this room quite a few times interviewing Scottish politicians and every time it has taken my breath away.
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