Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Scotland be brave: why I’m a unionist

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1489
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow

Scotland is haggis, kilts, cabers, strawberry blonde hair, castles, shortbread, Nessie, grouse shooting, hills, and lochs. However, Scotland is also premature death, alcohol, drugs, benefit dependency, ginger nuts, knives, and deep fried Mars bars. This year we will vote on independence from the United Kingdom. For what it’s worth, here’s my opinion.

I consider all nationalism negatively; it’s divisive, no matter how it may be dressed up. I fear that behind the nationalists’ campaign lurks anti-English sentiment, a smouldering resentment of legitimate and illegitimate grievances. Although I am of direct Scottish descent and moved to Scotland as …

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