‘Yes to a different Scotland’ | G. Hassan- openDemocracy

‘Yes to a different Scotland’ | G. Hassan- openDemocracy

Yet it shouldn’t be surprising that beyond the partisanship and polemic something is undoubtedly shifting. This has to be seen in the context of the long revolution and evolution of Scottish society to this point. Some pro-union commentators regularly argue that we have stumbled into this debate by accident: meaning the SNP winning a majority in 2011. But that is only half the story. The timing may be accidental and premature for large parts of Scotland, but the long view is we have got here by conscious design: that of Scotland being a different political community and increasingly aware of that fact.

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