Making sense of Scotland the brazen

That so many Scots voted in favour of independence highlights the toxic and painful legacy of British neoliberalism.

Scotland voted 55:45 to remain in the UK, but the very fact that the vote was even close was a serious shock to the political establishment in Europe. UK Prime Minister David Cameron had originally allowed only a Yes or No vote on full independence in the referendum, rather than a three-option poll including the “Maybe” of a greater devolution of power from Whitehall to Edinburgh, in the belief that the No vote would be so resounding that it would terminate the independence movement permanently. The Maybe, he believed, might well have got across the line, when in general he and the Tories didn’t want to cede any power north of Hadrian’s Wall.

So much for that strategy: the Scots seemed quite willing to consider voting Yes, and in the final days before the vote, Cameron offered bucket-loads of devolution in an attempt to stop the dreaded Yes coming to pass.


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