Something that exercises me about the Independence debate is the way in which ‘cultural and social difference in Scotland’ is frequently intimated as, first of all, indubitably insurmountable and thus necessarily the primary national shaper, and secondly, putative counteraction to putative Central Belt cultural monism. The catalyst this time was Tavish Scott in yesterday’s¬†The Scotsman¬†writing about the diversity of Scotland and the Nationalists’ inability to appreciate that diversity (‘Sailing into fiery waters’). Leaving to one side whether the Nationalists are effectively contending with it, foregrounding great cultural diversity in a country is, I think, neither a decent intellectual nor political counteraction to the current reasoning and rationale behind a drive for independence, here in Scotland, or wherever else for that matter, but perhaps especially…