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Nicola Sturgeon must call a second referendum on independence now

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THOSE who migrated to Yes before the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence had all encountered their personal tipping points. For many the process of evangelisation was not something spectacular or Damascene but rather something that had been gnawing at their souls; a slow erosion of faith in old certainties: a slow kindling. Nor would many have been comfortable with being defined as Unionist for their Unionism was truculent and barely tangible: an inconsequential thing.

They didn’t consider themselves to be Better Together with all its notions of supremacy and empire and nor were they particularly exercised by the unavoidable risks that come with striking out on your own. It wasn’t that many of them had previously been implacably opposed to the notion of independence; rather they had simply dismissed it as something that would probably never happen in their lifetimes.

They held a benign view of England; regarding it as a country not really different from Scotland but yet revelled in an imagined rivalry with it that wasn’t really reciprocated. The notion of Scotland’s oil and the way in which it had been used by Margaret Thatcher to bankroll her so-called economic revolution had never really taken flight. A 30-year concealment of the McCrone report which detailed how oil could have made an independent Scotland one of the richest countries in Europe saw to that.

In 2011 all that changed and changed utterly. The SNP won a Holyrood majority, and independence, which Labour thought they had gerrymandered out of Scotland’s political map,........

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