Now that the White Paper on the Scottish Independence has been published I thought it was time to post a few thoughts of my own.
On the other hand some of the biggest challenges that face us require a much more coherent international response. To me, in different ways, climate change, the banking crisis and Syria all show us that the traditional nation state is ill equipped to take the action which is needed. Surely a new nation state will only serve to make this international cooperation more difficult? However, progressive some sections of the nationalist movement are I will take a lot of convincing nationalism and internationalism can be comfortable bedfellows.
In short, I'm in favour of a fundamental reduction in the centralised power of the nation state with much more power being devolved locally. However, that must go hand in hand with a dramatic increase in international cooperation. I fear that a Scottish state would still be too large to respond properly to local priorities but too small to influence international affairs in the way that the UK can. So while, my views on how power should be redistributed pull me in different directions both directions lead me away from Scottish Independence.