Graeme Smyth notes it is also the anniversary of Martin McGuinness unseating Willie McCrea by 2,000 votes. You sometimes get the sense (despite their parties’ forthcoming ‘pact’) that all is not quite forgiven. Nevertheless he goes on to give his view of the pragmatic reasons behind the original Union, and why he thinks small nation separatism just won’t work the way it is being pushed by the SNP:
I cant see how their arguments for a viable independent Scotland can work. Alex Salmond talks a lot about ”small countries” making it after independence; I don’t think that anyone would say that Albania has ‘made it,” and the same goes for Moldova. Norway and the Irish Republic are undoubtedly doing well, but the Irish Republic dwelt in economic stagnation for decades after independence.
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