We’ll Be Stronger Together

TIME

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is one of the most attractively crafted nationalist movements in history. It has cloaked itself in progressive liberal language; it claims to be in favor of higher immigration; it professes great friendship for neighboring nations; it is anti­militarist; and instead of focusing on the past, it champions “the future.” But in the end, like all nationalisms, it has a reactionary core. It assumes that one people—the Scots—are somehow, although they would never state it, intrinsically separate and superior; and that the answer to their problems is to cut off a group of fellow citizens, and treat them—the English, Welsh and Northern Irish—as foreigners. All the bewildering, appealing and contradictory claims of the Scottish nationalists ultimately rest on this foundation.

Take their manifesto. The SNP, the main party behind the Yes Scotland campaign, has avoided much discussion of identity and has tried to make the referendum…

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