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Scotland’s Future

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 18th September 2013.

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Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

In yesterday’s Scotsman, Peter Jones reminded us of the interesting distinction that Professor Neil MacCormick made between existentialist nationalists and instrumentalist nationalists. It is fair to say that all the SNP members opposite are existentialist nationalists, in that they will vote for Scottish independence irrespective of the economic arguments for or against it, whereas thousands of people out there—possibly a majority—will base their decision on what they think the economy in an independent Scotland would be like.

It was therefore strange that the First Minister hardly mentioned the economy today. He made three points on it, to which I will refer.