Wednesday 1 March 2017

Scotland’s independence poll makes you wonder again whether 1916 was worth it

David Quinn

David Quinn

Queen Elizabeth ll and President Michael D Higgins at Windsor Castle
Queen Elizabeth ll and President Michael D Higgins at Windsor Castle

Every country that wanted to gain its independence from Britain has gained that independence. Sometimes it was won only after a fight. Scotland might well vote for full independence later this year. No bloodshed needed.

Most countries when they gain their independence from Britain go through a period of intense anti-British feeling. In our case, it lasted for decades. Nothing good could be said about Britain until fairly recently.

If you gave the slightest indication that you believed Britain was not the sum of all evil, the cause of all Ireland's woes, you would be condemned as a ‘West Brit' or a ‘shoneen'.

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