Re: Scotland's Soul


Derek, I have a silly but not irrelevant question.  Is the SNP and its allies seeking total independence or merely separation?  In other words, is one possibility that Scotland could revert to it status before the Act of Union?  In which case Sir Sean would have be entitled to a knighthood granted by Elizabeth II who would both Queen of England and Queen of Scotland.  My dissertation director, Douglas Young, was a poet and Scots Nat activist, but he had no problem with being British, and it was interesting to hear him slip back and forth between his normal Oxbridge English and the Lowland Scots (which he dubbed Lallans) he kept for Scottish visitors.  He also wrote in both languages.

As something of a Romantic nationalist, you must have a little sympathy for a Scottish national movement, though the SNP is simply another Leftist party.  I remember a taxi driver in Edinburgh, who pointed at the hideous parliament building and exclaimed:  I supported the SNP all my life  but I never realized that that  was their vision of Scotland.  He added that he would never vote for them again.

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is the former editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors' Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and four grandchildren.

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