Saturday, March 18, 2017
Quote of the day 18th March 2017
"The clear lesson of the EU referendum is that while policy matters, economic evidence is not enough.
To win a referendum, economics must be matched by emotion, and statistics must be matched by sentiment.
This is doubly important in a post-trust environment – of facts and “alternative facts”. The nationalists’ cry this time will be less “devo max” and more “grievo max”: seeking to entrench a sense of “us and them”, to amplify difference and to use the Brexit vote to conflate the people of England with the politics of the Tories and Ukip.
My sense of Britishness is no more defined by Nigel Farage and Ukip than my sense of Scottishness is defined by Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.
I am proud to be Scottish and proud to be British – and to share what we have with our neighbours on these islands.
My Scotland embraces the idea of solidarity and the inspiration of John Smith – and stretches from Gregory’s Girl to the work of J K Rowling.
My Britain is the country of the BBC and the NHS – and stretches from Robert Burns’s “A Man’s a Man” to William Blake’s “Jerusalem”.
There are millions of Scots who still refuse to make the divisive choice between being Scottish and being British, who still believe in solidarity, in sharing and in interdependence."
(Douglas Alexander, extract from a New Statesman article called "Why sentiment, not statistics, will sway the next Scottish referendum"