For the best part of 300 years, the Scots have been content to be part of the unified parliamentary state of the UK, in which they are over- represented. I submit that what has made them deeply dissatisfied more recently is not some timeless, divinely ordered nationalism, but 16 unrelenting years of Tory rule which has driven through a neo-liberal economic revolution on a minority of votes drawn primarily from southern England, used the Scots as guinea pigs for the infamous poll tax and abolished their regional councils.
I suggest that Scots' commitment to the British Union will be rekindled neither by establishing a separate and costly parliament nor by the visit of the odd minister, but by a Westminster which has the confidence to restore the powers of Scottish local authorities, and which is committed to creating a UK social market which offers new employment and fair pay and taxes, and properly funded public services. But can new Labour stop running scared of Nationalists?
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