We shouldn't get hooked on the the past. It's not a trusted source of news. It is a questionable reference. We cannot replicate the past. History does not so much repeat itself as do impersonations which are often only convincing to those who want to be convinced. But there are lessons we can learn. We can find some guidance in the past. Memory is one of the inputs to the process of creating the mental maps by which we navigate from the present to the future. History may provide clues to the best route. It may also offer hints about paths we definitely should not follow.
From the moment the EU referendum was called I tried to persuade people that they should be at least as concerned about the constitutional implications of what would come to be called 'Brexit' as with the economic consequences.
As ever, I take issue with the identification of British Nationalism exclusively with the Tories. As if British Labour and the token third party in British politics were any less insistent on the divinely ordained supremacy of the English parliament.
Most of Nicola Sturgeon's column is a rehash of material that seems almost as venerable as the referendum promises. Brexit blah blah blah! Evil Tories blah blah blah! Brexit blah blah blah! Ignored blah blah blah! Brexit blah blah blah! Power grab blah blah blah! Opinion polls blah blah blah!
We really have heard it all before. Almost word for word. Over the six years since the first independence referendum there have been almost as many promises of action on the constitutional issue as there have been missed opportunities to take action. Now we have another to add to the pitiful collection. Another to add to the pocketful of burst balloons.
We are not just fighting for independence. We are not merely fighting to end the grotesque constitutional anomaly and anti-democratic abomination that is the Union. This is an existential conflict. That is how the British ruling elite sees it. We too must regard it as such if Scotland is to be saved.
My preference would be to play safe and assume that everything the British do is, if not planned, then at minimum carefully considered. I would not dismiss anything they do as mere panicked flailing. I would be looking for the purpose behind their every move. I would always assume that they know what they're doing.
...even the longer term hope of a new referendum recedes with every day that action is delayed.
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What has changed about the "dynamic of the constitutional conversation"? Alyn Smith and others were claiming we'd "never been closer to independence" on the basis of polling support considerably lower than that indicated by recent research. By that reckoning we should have soared - or surged - past independence by now. I'm not sure where that would take us.