Scottish Independence Referedum Essay

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Liberalism = this is a behaviour/ attitude which is favourable to progress or reform in terms of political or religious affairs. Nationalism = this is the spirit or aspirations common to the whole of a nation being positive and highly patriotic. What is having a greater impact on the Scottish independence referendum: nationalism or liberalism? I believe that liberalism and nationalism is equally having an influence on the Scottish independence referendum; the people of Scotland are patriotic (nationalist view) to reform (liberal view) and they have justified this with several reasons for independence. The Scottish National Party is what I believe that has driven the Scottish people to express this combination as well as other parties such as the Scottish Green Party, the Scottish Socialist Party, and Solidarity. These parties advertise to the Scottish the many reasons as to why independence is necessary, hence grabbing their attention as well as their political views. However, these views are difficult to be able to split up into both nationalist and liberal views as a result of them being combined and therefore after each reason for independence, I will identify which aspects of the justification express nationalism and which elements convey liberalism due to the fact that all nationalist reasons aim for change. One reason that is favourable for Scottish independence is the will of democracy and national self-determination. The aim that the Scottish desire to achieve from this is that their population will be allowed full decision making power in terms of the nation’s political affairs. This can be backed up using the statement made by Minister Salmond: “The people who live in Scotland are best placed to make the decisions that affect Scotland. The liberal aspect of this point would be the seeking desire of democracy; this is because a change is

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