Today, my New Year travels take me across the New Bridge. The structure is quite something, although the journey surprised me this time not for taking me over an engineering marvel, but by prompting thereover memory of an excellent article in The Scotsman by Joyce McMillan from four years ago or so (‘Political nit-picking serves no-one’, The Scotsman, 4th January 2013). The piece was at first pass about the pernicious hair-splitting habit of then Scottish politics and political debate: towards 2014 we were all too preoccupied with the constitutional issue and the technicality of whether Scotland was to be sovereign or not. McMillan said then that actual political responses to topics highly pertinent to our country – currency, economy, energy, social justice, the European Union – were likely…