Magazine article Geographical

Who Are We?

Magazine article Geographical

Who Are We?

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The issue of national identity is one that can generate a great deal of passion. Nowhere was this more on show recently than in last year's referendum on independence for Scotland. In this issue's Dossier, we look at the fallout from the campaigns, the revitalisation of the SNP and ask what it means for the future of the UK (page 46). Aside from the practicalities (taxes, mainly), one big question is what it means for our sense of national identity. What would it mean to be British without the large chunk of land at the top? Would being Scottish take on a greater meaning if cut loose from the cultural ties of the South? Are we essentially there already in all but name anyway? Or would it, as we probably secretly suspect, have little impact on how we perceive ourselves and simply serve to add a momentary break in our travels when crossing the border?

Perhaps the unspoken truth in all of this is that maybe there's no such thing as an all-encompassing 'British' identity. …

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