‘The independence debate is not a non-event but changing Scotland’ | G. Hassan- openDemocracy

‘The independence debate is not a non-event but changing Scotland’ | G. Hassan- openDemocracy

Not only is Scotland a different country from that of 1955 when the Tory Party and Church of Scotland enjoyed their highest ever box office appeal, it is also a very different country from that of 1979. Then a majority of people lived in council housing while trade union membership covered over half the workforce.

The independence referendum is a product of that changed society and it is acting as a catalyst transforming it further. First for all the limitations of the SNP’s version of independence even to many of its supporters, this debate is normalising the very idea of independence.

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