Family tradition says my relatives came from Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Denmark – so I’m probably a typical American mutt. As an Irish-American I learned early about London’s disgraceful treatment of its first colony, Ireland. Indeed, but for London’s malign neglect my Irish relatives would likely never have emigrated and I would not exist. I cannot, therefore, claim objectivity when it comes to the subject of independence for Scotland. While I have no right to tell Scots how they should vote I would personally vote for independence.
My focus is on how the Tories are seeking to intimidate Scots to vote against independence. The point is made in the title of a recent New York Times article: “Scots Are Divided Over Independence, and Its Economic Costs.”