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AS AN economic exile, I am disqualified – by interested parties whose authority I dispute – from voting on the freedom of the land of my birth, and of my ancestors for centuries past. Legally. Morally?

As so often, Hugh Mac­Diarmid explains how this feels better than I could:

“The rose of all the world is not for me/ I want for my part/ Only the little white rose of Scotland/ That smells sharp and sweet/ – and breaks the heart.”

Noel Falconer


Couizaz, France