Seven years on, we can see the first independence referendum not as a choice between change and no change, but as a choice of what sort of change we wanted and, crucially, who gets to deliver it.
“the other things the England squad embody – diversity, an enquiring mind, a social conscience, hinterland”
“Firstly, well played on your stunning win yesterday and I’m pleased that we remain the only team in Euro 2020 to take a point at your own midden.”
“we face the prospect of being evicted from the Euros against our will, which in a darkly comic kind of way rather sums up the experience of being Scottish in the age of Brexit.”
Westminster appears to be entirely comfortable with a tariff-free deal with a country whose standards – chemicals harmful to bees and aquatic ecosystems, the use of paraquat, no review period whatsoever for pesticides – fall way short of our own.
“Going by the evidence Independence looks like being a good thing as Ireland & the Nordic Countries tell us.”
The problem for Scotland – and indeed for liberal minded people across the UK – isn’t necessarily Johnson but a system so fundamentally broken that it actually allows someone so unsuitable to become Prime Minister.
A former boss, many years ago, once banned the word “ crisis” in the office .
“It isn’t independence or recovery. It’s independence “for” recovery.”
It is a fascinating time in our history when personal feuds between the two leading players in the nation’s future direction almost destroyed the independence of Scotland.