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An Octogenarian in the modern world

SCOTLAND AGAIN

I posted on the Scotland issue yesterday but felt that I had missed something. I wonder if the deepest motive in the SNP campaign is just a historic ANTI-ENGLISHNESS. They have got some reason to feel this way because, on the whole, they came off worst in our various conflicts. But they did remarkably well in fights with a much larger country. They have every reason to be proud of themselves.

If the underlying motivation is to kick the English in the teeth, what happens when they have done it? How long will the emotional satisfaction last? Will the economic benefit, if there is any, outweigh the loss of a hate-object?

A decision-making technique I have always found useful is to jump forward in the imagination and say to yourself, “I have done it. Now what does it feel like?” If you imagine one outcome and then the other, consequences become apparent that you might not have thought of before.

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