Is it true, as George Kerevan suggests, “class politics – not old-style nationalism – fired the Yes campaign” (Perspective, 20 September? Were those in the Yes campaign conscious of themselves as a class, ie sharing a class ideology?
It’s doubtful if economically the “alienated poor” shared anything in common with, say, the “affluent” in the North-east.
It’s more likely that it was “nationalism”, ancient or modern, that furnished them with a common consciousness.
Will it last or be merely transitory – a once-in-a-lifetime togetherness of economically disparate social groups?
Perhaps it was an ephemeral crowd that will evaporate quicker than it came together as the Yes campaign.
Arguably, it is difficult to see how a nationalist party can survive in the conditions of fundamentally changed politics.
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