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HARRY POTTER and the World of Scottish Unionism

Twitter @Jeggit

The most imaginative work of fiction, is always a “redescription,” a “truth,” a reenactment of the world of the author

LISTENING to the national debate over the past few years it is fair to say that, at least in their heads, Scottish nationalists and unionists inhabit two entirely different worlds. The closer we got to the date of the 2014 referendum the more we read and heard the No campaign describe the independence movement as a romantic utopianism populated by unicorns and flag-waving dreamers. In retrospect it is easy to see how many unionists came to this conclusion; Yes Scotland may have been led by media savvy and wellinformed people, but the Yes movement was – and thankfully so – very much the Tartan Army at home.

It wasn’t until Boxing Day, with a discussion on Scotland’s favourite films on the Wings Over Scotland website, that real evidence appeared, suggesting a real difference in worldview between independentistas and unionists. Wings commissioned a Panelbase poll the week before Christmas, the results of which demonstrated – among other things – that Scots in favour of independence and those against it preferred different Scottish films. Where Yes voters, women, working class people, and SNP supporters were more likely to list Braveheart as their favourite, middle class folk and Tory and Liberal Democrat voters opted for Trainspoting and Whisky Galore.

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iScot Magazine February 2017 100 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland from the only truly independent pro Scottish magazine.