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Alex Bell: We have built a sense of nationhood around the idea of not being England

1 month ago   |   By Press and Journal

It is 2020, 700 years since the Declaration of Arbroath was signed, asserting Scottish identity as a nation and a people.
“As long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours, that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”
Alex Bell.
It's a great piece of writing. It has the pace of a soliloquy, the potency of film dialogue. If we didn't have the written record, it would be easy to suggest that Mel Gibson ad-libbed from a...
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