Lesley Riddoch: We’ve won whatever the referendum result

COMMENT: Lesley Riddoch writes that the Republic of Ireland has been "brought in from the cold" in terms of the referendum debate, following her appearance at a major conference on Scottish independence in Belfast last week.

Does Ireland have any place in the Scottish independence debate? Most observers would quickly chorus No.
Better Together distanced itself from the Orange Order last week after it registered as a No campaigning group and announced plans for a march through central Edinburgh just before the referendum. Yes campaigners have been equally anxious to avoid comparisons between Scotland and the bloody, fractious Irish independence struggle of the last century.
Nor – since the Arc of Prosperity bit the recessionary dust – has the First Minister leapt to draw any parallels with the subsidised, strife-torn North or its independent but indebted southern neighbour.

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