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By Jason Michael

It has become something of a lazy unionist stock phrase that those of us seeking Scottish independence are divisive. Apparently we are troublemakers who want nothing other than to break up the country. We want nothing of the sort.

This notion of “divisive nationalists” is a staple in the repertoire of every Scottish unionist. Somehow the idea that Scotland can and perhaps should be an independent country – a state in its own right – is treated, as if by magic, to be the only politically divisive issue. A Department of Work and Pensions sanctions regime that has been described by the United Nations has a human rights violation, that punishes the poorest and most vulnerable – both unionists and nationalists, is never “divisive.” The crony capitalism and corruption of a London ruling élite Scotland never elected doesn’t divide us. That the Westminster government is using…

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