INDEPENDENCE is not merely a mainstream political idea in Scotland, it is the single most important question in Scottish politics around which all other political discussion revolves.
When the SNP’s Mike Russell announced recently that he was stepping down from Holyrood as he’s approaching retirement age, he remarked that Scotland is closer now to independence than it has ever been. Despite the hand-wringing in certain quarters about a perceived lack of progress in challenging Boris Johnson’s blanket refusal to countenance another independence referendum, Mike was right. Amidst all the gloom and despair about Tory rule, about Brexit, about the coronavirus, about a certain looming trial, Scotland is indeed closer to independence than it has ever been. The independence movement is in a far stronger position than it has ever been, and the institutions of the British state in Scotland are weaker and more discredited than they have ever been. We live in a country which is heading for independence.
The most important reason why Scotland is closer to independence than it has ever been is a reason…
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