Union’s success

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George Kerevan’s blueprint for an independent Scotland (Perspective, 2 August) is a welcome departure from the tedious repetition of the usual arguments in the referendum debate – yet, it contains strange inconsistencies.

At the start of the article, he says that “England is drifting towards isolationism”; by the end he is threatening to leave the European Union rather than “bow the knee to Brussels or Berlin” – a fine, ringing nationalistic phrase worthy of a Thatcher or a Tebbit. The statement that “Scotland will play its part in the European family of nations” (that would be the family of nation states which inflicted a century of war on a continent) is about as meaningless as the term “social union”. There’s little point in supporting a vague ideal if you are not prepared to take part in the institutions which give it real substance.

Let’s have a debate that looks to the future and asks how Scots can best face the huge global challenges of the undemocratic power of multinational companies, the ticking time bomb of environmental degradation and the need to balance local empowerment with effective international action. The way forward doesn’t start by dismantling the United Kingdom – a 300-year-old voluntary political partnership that, by and large, has been a success story.

Joan Mitchell


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