I’m really enjoying Iain MacWhirter’s thoughts on the run-up to the Scottish referendum that’s coming up in September..,for those of you who’ll be in my Political class in the Fall…these blog entries are well worth reading.
There has been a subtext to much of the coverage of the independence debate over the last three months as the London media has started to take a closer interest in what is going on in Scotland. It has brought to the fore a latent tendency in much metropolitan commentary on Scotland to see the Scottish National Party as in some way a far right organisation hiding behind radical clothing.
Commentators like the Times’ David Aaronovitch and many of the contributors to the Guardian’s Comment is Free even say that Alex Salmond is really a clone of Nigel Farage – “two peas in the same hard pod” as the former put it. This is because they are both nationalists and therefore base their politics on notions of race and ethnicity. Salmond may SAY he supports more immigration, not less – but that’s just to dupe naive leftists in Scotland…
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