Getting On With Life … In The Union

I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about life’s surprises as I got the ReLearn Project Outline ready – all in the week that the Scottish independence agenda flashed onto the general public’s radar so unexpectedly. Looking back it shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but – for me at least – it did.

I found myself following the often acrimonious debate on the Scots and English press web sites with a kind of morbid fascination – I was so moved by the impending disaster (because that’s how I see it) to write, as irwell2, my first-ever comment on a newspaper Web forum reflecting on what I’d been reading. What a shame.

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  • nivekd  On January 19, 2012 at 10:58

    Good for you, John. Agree entirely. I’m tempted to remember Billy Connolly’s sketch on the Nats: “It’s oor oil!” Yes, nationalism has been a curse forever – often espoused by politicians as a cheap vote-catcher when their true allegiance is international (to the banks, the oligarchs and the tax havens and the other networks which give them sustenance). Even ‘progressive’ politicians are not above “British jobs for British workers” when a more suitable slogan might be “People [fewer workers left!] of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your ratings agencies”. The Italian socialist Gramsci talked about ‘morbid symtoms’ being displayed in times of economic and political crisis; goodness knows we are suffering a few of those at present. I had a (another!) row about immigration (in my adult ed French class of all places) last week; like you I am glad of my own mixed heritage and overjoyed that my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter are an international family in action

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