The Politics of Control #referendum

George Giannakopoulos

I could live a little better with the myths and the lies,
When the darkness broke in, I just broke down and cried.
I could live a little in a wider line,
When the change is gone, when the urge is gone,
To lose control. When here we come.

Joy Division

Summer of 2014: Scottish referendum. Driving the Yes campaign a progressive argument about democracy and popular representation: In the event of national independence Scots would author and enforce their own laws. A sovereign parliament. Nonetheless, their national sovereignty would not bring fiscal independence as the rival campaign was quick to note: the monetary policy of the new independent Scottish state would largely depend on the policies of the Bank of England. This proved to be an irresolvable contradiction for pro-independence campaigners. In the event of independence, unionists argued, Scotland would have the faith of Greece: that of a sovereign…

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