Til the next time …

In the aftermath of the Scottish referendum Mark Steyn reminds us of a column he wrote in 2006

Indeed, the remarkable feature of contemporary Scottish nationalism is that it has achieved all the features of a failed nation state without achieving the status of a nation state …

How did this happen? Almost everywhere you go on the planet, the great institutions of this world were built by Scots, from the Canadian Pacific Railway to the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank. Where is the spirit of Mel McGibson in Braveheart?

Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live…at least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take…OUR FREEDOM!

But it’s all more complicated than that. The modern Scot is prepared to fight – or, at any rate, strike – but only for the right to die in his bed on a government pension.

… and of course he reminds us that Braveheart was filmed in Ireland. With an Australian midget playing a Scottish giant.

How long can the English be denied the opportunity for self determination?

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