Scottish Independence

I was very happy that The Atlantic‘s James Fallows reprinted a letter of mine concerning the swiftly approaching vote on Scottish independence. You can read my take on the issue at The Atlantic here and the responses to it here.


About Daniel Clinkman

I recently completed my PhD in History at the University of Edinburgh. My academic interest is in the transition from feudalism to liberalism in early modern Britain and its empire. My non-academic interests include public policy, political thought, international politics, social institutions, and travel. I grew up near Boston before attending the American University in Washington, DC. I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow me @dclinkman on Twitter.
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1 Response to Scottish Independence

  1. Alistair Montgomery says:

    From a Scot in America. Great article, but you underplayed the rationalization component given the times we live in when a run on the bank in Cyprus can create world-wide financial panic. The SNP expects to create an Entitlement nirvana based on North Sea oil. That might have worked in 1970 when the black gold started to flow – think of the Beverly Hillbillies. But it’s 44 years down the road, two-thirds of the oil is gone and no one really knows how much is left. Scotland can’t sell enough salmon or whiskey or pack in enough tourists to plug the gap. That’s the reality. As much as its culture differs from the UK it’s not enough to mitigate the risk. That’s why the “devo” option was not on the menu. Westminster badly underestimated the depth of Scottish pride.

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