(For a quick primer on Scottish independence, see second half of post.)

When I was 16 years old, I was a vehement supporter of the Scottish independence movement. Looking back, I can’t really remember why it was that I felt this way; but reason perhaps lies in that word, “felt”. When I was 16 I hadn’t studied politics at all. Everything around me told me that the English were bad, unfunny, and didn’t like us at all. I disagreed with the war in Iraq and wondered if Scotland would’ve been able to disengage itself from that conflict were it an independent nation.

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