Shadrach thinks this is an academic style paper that puts foreward an arguement for discussion. It's about culture more than a set in stone version of history. I don't know much about history and I haven't read the references sited.
I got sent the paper because we are having a discussion about the independence movement in Scotland. I'm against the seperation of Scotland from the UK. My objection has nothing to do with liking the way Scotland has been treated by the British Government.
My main objections are these.
Without the Scottish socialists the UK is destined to be run by the privilidged right wing of the Tory party for the forseeable future. The only way this can be changed is with the Scottish and Welsh socialist vote.
I'm not a fan of Nationalism. It seems to me to be divisive rather than inclusive. It usually ends up as not we are different but we are better than the other lot. I haven't seen any evidence to support this.
So, while I'm happy to have cultural roots, I favour a society that permits the expression of such roots in a boader system of government.
The paper goes some way to help support my view.
I think we have another idealist for MJ!