This one is a doozy! The Independent today published the article:
which compares the situation here post-independence to the revolution in the Ukraine, and even raises the spectre of a re-run of the 1st World War. I kid you not!
As one of the commenters says:
Possibly the worst article so far printed on the Referendum so far, against very very stiff competition.
Read it – it really does take the biscuit. Here’s a taster:
Come September, the Scottish referendum presents a painfully perfect lose-lose scenario. Given a rejection of independence (still more likely), a thoroughly disgruntled 40-plus percentage of Scots will continue to press for devo max at the highest proof available. Now imagine a – far from impossible – “Yes” vote of 51 per cent or so, secured by cack-handed, backfiring pro-union interventions by everyone from Osborne to Barroso to Bowie.
No, we shouldn’t predict barricades on Princes Street or bonfires on the Royal Mile. Edinburgh will not burn like Kiev. Yet believers in a multinational state that has – despite or because of its anomalies – lasted since 1707 will find themselves suddenly thrown into citizenship of a country that commands none of their loyalty.
At least in the early of days of independence, half the country will not care to fly its new flag. Non-unionist Scots have long-practised skills in cultural separateness. For a large, restive unionist minority, the same would not apply. Have Alex Salmond and his team planned enough for the outcomes of a narrow-scrape victory? Without alarmism, it doesn’t seem absurd to direct them to the rocky history of post-Communist Europe. Secessionists who dream of Norway and Denmark should at least take a peek not just at Ukraine but into the long nightmare of Bosnia – shaken again this month by disintegrative protests.
We don’t need to travel that far to witness the lingering misery of botched state formation. This year is the centenary not only of the First World War but also of a local uprising against the authority of the British parliament. It happened in Ireland, yes. And Ulster Protestants were responsible.
I left the comment:
To compare an ex-soviet republic revolution against an authoritarian leader with the peaceful democratic dissolution of a political union among friendly nations is so outrageous and so designed to elicit an affronted response that I had to check to make sure it wasn’t written by Katie Hopkins.
Perhaps if he spent some time among Scots in Scotland rather than attending merry diplomatic parties in former iron curtain countries he would know that Scotland can command the loyalty of Scots to at least the same extent that the UK can, and that everyone in Scotland is happy to fly the Saltire – an ancient, not new flag, apart from the odd extremist Orangeman.
Boyd Tonkin is sure of a welcome in the Project Fear camp any time he wants to fly his giddy travelogue prose on their behalf.