Isnít nationalism a bad thing?
The opponents of Independence often use the word
"nationalism" to mean ethnic strife, intolerance or isolation. Obviously,
the SNP rejects any of these as deserving any place in Scotland.
Nationalism, like many other political ideas, can indeed be misused, but not
when it is founded in democracy and a respect for human rights.
People know that what the SNP promotes is civic
nationalism. That means that we believe all who live in Scotland have a
valued part to play in our new country, regardless of their place of birth
or ethnic background. We pursue our goal by exclusively peaceful and
democratic means. Thatís why so many people of different national
backgrounds, and large numbers in Scotlandís ethnic minority communities,
The SNPís nationalism is about Scotland ending its
present isolation, and regaining its place in the international community as
a tolerant, outward-looking country.
Will I be a citizen of the new Scotland?
In the context of EU citizenship, the SNP has an open
and inclusive approach to citizenship. The automatic right of
citizenship will be open by right to all those living in Scotland, all those
born in Scotland, and all those with a parent born in Scotland. All others
are free to apply, and dual citizenship would be an option. The SNP believes
that Scotland is not full up Ė Scotlandís problem is emigration, not
immigration. We should therefore welcome the contribution of the new Scots
who choose to make this country their home.
What if I don't want to become a Scottish citizen?
Even if a resident of Scotland, as of Independence Day,
chooses not to take up Scottish citizenship, he or she will continue to
enjoy an unaffected right to residency in the country, and the constitution
proposed by the SNP would preclude any laws which sought to remove these
Next week, we move on to income, savings, and what is
dear to my heart (at my age) pensions, after Independence; with pensions, we
expect a better deal than the Westminster one, where the link with wages was
taken away by Margaret Thatcher, and not restored by the present Tory
government. (Old Age Basic Pension £75.50 per week - Poverty level £130.00