A Guide to Scottish Nationalism

In the Scottish Parliament general election in 2011 the Scottish National Party (SNP) won a second consecutive term in power. The party’s explicit goal is for Scotland to become an independent nation. With the SNP’s recent passing of the Referendum Bill, Scots will vote on the issue of independence in autumn 2014. Scottish nationalism is often misunderstood. It has very little to do with bagpipes, kilts, shortbread or saltires and much more to do with the shortcomings of the United Kingdom’s dubious, and some would say defective, political system.