Guest Post: Scottish Covenant and expat Scots in Singapore

covenant2With just days to go before the 2014 Referendum, the campaign for Scotland’s future remains on a knife edge. Years of lobbying on both sides will very shortly come to an end and, as Scotland wakes on Friday, she will be met with a new chapter in her history. The figures of Alex Salmond and David Cameron have, rightly or wrongly, become synonymous with the opposing campaigns, yet, in the final days of this most important of weeks, it is worth remembering that Scotland’s search for greater powers has a far longer history than the political careers of these two men. Scottish nationalist organisations have existed in many guises since the nineteenth century. From the National Association for the Vindication of Scottish Rights down to the Scottish National Party, the …

Scottish Indepencence and the Diaspora

flagsEver since Alex Salmond announced his plans for an independence referendum for Scotland in January, discussions have been, one might say, vibrant. Commentators have looked at the impact Scottish independence would have on the state of union, and politicians from a variety of political parties are united for once in their joint attack of the plans. Ed Miliband spoke of divisive nationalism, David Trimble stressed the importance of dual identities and a sense of Britishness, while the Home Secretary Theresa May claimed that an independent Scotland would be at risk from terrorism. Or maybe the only people who really want Scottish independence are actually the English? What, however, of the Scots abroad? What is their view on the proposed referendum and Scottish independence?

In the …