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Monday, 20 March 2017

Scotland (Scandinavia)


The Scotland in Sweden campaign may have had a greater
 long-term impact than was anticipated or appreciated at the time.
 We didn't know where it might lead...
Mixed feelings, in the current atmosphere.
Happier and friendlier days, back then.

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On the currency question, which would Scotland (the SNP) choose,
 if it had the choice - 
 the pound sterling, the Euro, the Norwegian krone, the Icelandic króna or the Swedish krona?
The bane of all currencies!

The Flower of Scotland - or - Scotland the Brave?

Reviving the old disdain of 'English gold'?

Parcel O'Rogues - Alastair McDonald

Divisive identity politics within Scotland may be nothing new,
but I happen to admire the poetry of both Edwin Muir and Hugh MacDiarmid! 
There's room for everyone. Neil Oliver's BBC 2 documentary,
"Scotland and the Klan" challenged that assumption.

MacDiarmid and Muir: Scottish Modernism and the Nation as Anthropological Site (pdf)  -
 Paul Robichaud

Apart from Muir and MacDiarmid, I often read Douglas Dunn. He came to Prague in 1987

"As for the Scots, at least a few of them are looking northward. During the lead-up to the Scottish Independence referendum, there was talk of Scotland forging strong political links with Scandinavia.
Angus Robertson, defence spokesman for the Scottish National Party (SNP) even suggested - in the Guardian newspaper - that Scotland could join the Nordic Council".

Would the Scandinavians want Scotland? The campaign for an independent Scotland has suggested forming an independent state with its Nordic neighbours. But is the feeling reciprocal? The Guardian

"The alternative destinies being mooted by the campaign for an independent Scotland are vivid and appealing. They include the recurring theme of a Scandinavian Scotland, a small independent state not only emulating the social-democratic welfare models of its Nordic neighbours, but actually joining the institutions that Europe's so-called Nordic tier share among themselves".

The spirit of independence:

On Film-Making in Scotland (related; Guardian, studio update): Scottish smallholder refuses to make way for £250m film studio

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