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Soiling the Debate


Alistair Darling, the head of the “No” campaign for the vote on Scottish Independence, has compared Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond to the former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il – and went on to describe “Yes” supporters as driven by “blood and soil nationalism”. During an interview with the New Statesman, the former Labour chancellor was also accused of agreeing that “blood and soil nationalism” was “at [the] heart” of the independence campaign.

The phrase “blood and soil nationalism” describes a belief in borders based on ancestry and a connection to the land, and as “Blut und Boden” it has become widely associated with the rise of the Nazi party in 1920s and ‘30s Germany.

Quite a statement from Darling!

The New Statesman originally quoted Mr Darling as saying: “At heart it is blood and soil nationalism. If you ask any nationalist, ‘are there any circumstances in which you…

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