‘Dear England, please listen to what the Scots are actually talking about’ | R. McAlpine- openDemocracy

‘Dear England, please listen to what the Scots are actually talking about’ | R. McAlpine- openDemocracy

The big irony in this is that you think this is something to do with identity. But Scotland crossed that bridge ages ago. In the 1970s and 1980s we were challenged to decide who we are. In 1990, a group of people some of whom were high Tories (at least one of whom is now a leading light in the No campaign) marched onto the field at Murrayfield to sing Flower of Scotland before playing rugby against England. That was the moment Scotland’s identity question was finally answered. We’re Scottish. In the 1970s someone at a wedding wearing a kilt would be assumed to be making a point; now someone at a Scottish wedding not wearing a kilt will be assumed to have bad legs. We do not think twice about ‘being Scottish’, we just are – independence supporter or not. It’s England that hasn’t resolved its identity issues.

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