Great backgrounder on the potential break-up of Britain
From the Economist, this video would be ideal as an intro on devolution, and/or the use of referendums
There is a lot at stake at the polls this May (what the BBC has described as a 'bumper crop' of elections) and this blog will probably return to that topic on more than one occasion before the 6th of May.
This video from the Economist should be a starting point for all sorts of debate. Will devolution finally prove to be the slippery slope that the likes of Tom Nairn predicted during the devolution debates of the 1970s? Will the end of the Union be the lasting legacy of the Blair era? Can, and should, Scotland go its own way after over 300 years on the basis of a wafer thin 'Yes' majority? Should major constitutional decisions be decided in such a way, given what has happened post-Brexit.
The Economist YouTube page for this video also contains a hot of hyperlinks should student want to delve into related issues further.
How the pandemic has strengthened calls for Scottish independence: https://econ.st/3tqDZwL
Scottish nationalism and the politics of patience: https://econ.st/3siiFs4
Brexit and covid-19 are showing up the disunited kingdom: https://econ.st/2Q6Ar4l
How Brexit boosts Scottish nationalism: https://econ.st/3a920AM
Scottish independence could threaten Britain’s defence: https://econ.st/3wVssIc
Scottish women are coming round to independence: https://econ.st/3a9EzaP
Why Welsh nationalism is stirring: https://econ.st/3tBrZc9
Read about Northern Ireland’s unhappy centenary: https://econ.st/3tpagV7
The anger and division among loyalists over the Northern Ireland protocol: https://econ.st/3uHA7b4
Why is the Northern Ireland protocol so contentious? https://econ.st/3wVk7UM
Listen to an episode of The Intelligence podcast about the violence in Northern Ireland: https://econ.st/3wUaQMK
Read about the trade difficulties on the border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland: https://econ.st/3uOux6L
Migration between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland is falling: https://econ.st/3adFNSq
The return of Alex Salmond and his new political party: https://econ.st/3mTy1lF
How Nicola Sturgeon survived the Alex Salmond scandal: https://econ.st/3uPmVkj
Lessons learned from Catalonia’s independence referendum: https://econ.st/3e3AfL7
Britain will drift from Europe, but not very far: https://econ.st/3e1pAAT
Read about the disruptive rise of English nationalism: https://econ.st/2Q5J4MH