Éire Ghaelach – Éire Shaor
Journalist Ed West has an interesting article in the (former?) British establishment newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, examining the controversy raging around the attempts by the British government to dictate the form and circumstances of the Scottish referendum on independence. The most interesting, and honest, part of it is this:
“…the English will suffer very little psychic damage from the break-up. All the ideas of “Britishness” we have are basically Englishness by another name; when the English think of Britain they are essentially imagining Greater England, which politically and demographically the United Kingdom has always essentially been. An independent England would not see itself any differently…”
Which sums up three centuries of English and Scottish history rather neatly.