Any political party or movement containing the words “national” or “nationalist” in its title (e.g. BNP, NF, SNP or National Socialist Party), whether they are fundamentally fascist (NF) or communist (SNP) at the core of their extreme dogma, must be treated with the utmost caution, care and cynicism.
Long history and tragic experiences tell us that all such organisations are founded on bigotry, intolerance, hatred, and anger – with varying degrees of violence and abuse often thrown into the mix. The 20th anniversary of the start of the most recent Balkans conflict should be reminder enough of the perils of “national” zeal.
I am equally proud to be Scottish and British. It took 1,000 years and endless slaughter and misery for our forebears to see sense in 1603 and 1707 – in the forthcoming local elections and (intentional?) muddle surrounding the proposed referendum, we must not be tempted to put the clock back.