Thus, the Scottish independence campaign is an oddly bloodless affair, boiling down to an argument about what administrative unit can provide the most expansive welfare state. And yet, underneath it all, the questions of nation and tribe persist.
The left wing Guardian, fearful of any nationalist sentiment no matter how PC, intones — "Nationalism is not the answer to social injustice. For that fundamental reason, we urge Scots to vote no to independence next week." [The Guardian view on the Scottish referendum: Britain deserves another chance, September 12, 2014]
Sometimes, you just can't win.