Two articles in the press this week have tipped the scales for me: like so many other natural complacents, I find myself persuaded finally to move to the edge of my academic comfort zone to commit something via this developing blog that directly addresses Scottish politics, nationalism, and independence: albeit, still, chiefly, from the perspective of the visual arts. It is to state the obvious that something has changed of late, and conspicuously so since May 2011, about the ways in which Scotland and Scottishness have become talking points within the worlds of the arts in this country, and not just as near-to-hand exemplars of contemporary art’s transnational common-or-garden identity politics but as vital and even winnable concepts to be verily vehicled in Scotland…