Kevin Toolis: The ghost of Ireland past haunts the SNP
COMMENT: Playwright and film producer Kevin Toolis looks back at Ireland's split from the UK, and its possible parallels with Scottish independence.
Toolis writes: "There is no obvious merit in the SNP's economics. Scotland can no more break free of the economic pull of the rest of the UK than the moon can break free of Earth's gravity. This is physics, not philosophy."
That ol' Karl Marx was right about one thing.
History, in the form of secessionist nationalism within the UK, repeats itself - first as tragedy in Ireland and then as farce in Scotland. With his handbag hidden saltires and swagger Alex Salmond has brought Scotland to the nationalist boil and shifted the very axis of democratic politics to a simplistic Yes or No.