In a recent study I documented how James Joyce and the Irish nationalist leader, Arthur Griffith, wrote that the soul ofa country can be weakened through being governed for centuries by another people and can develop into a ‘slave people’.
It is not generally to the advantage of a smaller country to lie adjacent to a larger country. The interests of the latter usually determine the degree of interference or levels of subjugation involved.
The various acts uniting England with Wales, Scotland and Ireland are testament to that. It would be a pity if Scottish independence was decided by purely economic circumstances alone.
Anthony J Jordan