Nationalists or clientists?

Among Alex Slamond’s first act was to refuse to Scottish Executive support for Dumfries House, Simon Jenkins argues that this demonstrates:

“his nationalism is rooted not in the character, culture and heritage of Scotland but rather in the bid of a factional politician for English money to buy votes and thus win power. The motivation is ambition, not nationalist vision.”

He also argues that that:

“This is pocketbook devolution. Read the nationalist manifestos and they are little more than shopping lists. Take away the British exchequer and I sense they would collapse like scarecrows without sticks.”


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