Friday, 7 December 2012


There has been a strange clang of dissonance in terms of secession and admission criteria with the Catalonian versus the Scots’ independence movement. While addressing the autonomous region of Spain, political strategists seemed to want to throw cold water on the whole idea with the suggestion that Spain, as a member of the European Union with veto rights against the ascension of another member could choose to exercise that right in retaliation against the break-away region.

Among the interviewed, at least, the threat of being kept out of the EU made some people rethink the proposition of separating from Spain. In the case of devolved Scotland’s bid for nationhood, however, there is a bit of a double-standard. The suggestion that a top-level Scotland might have to reapply for membership in the EU is summarily dismissed as an exercise in bureaucracy and form, though the United Kingdom as a whole is by turns only a member on the periphery and is deeply entrenched against a lot of Euro-policy and many are calling to leave that association. It was admitted as a united kingdom and with one duchy less, I am not sure if the same conditions apply. Belabouring particulars makes the argument sound a bit like the hold-outs against common consensus at the United Nations, though reprisals are sometimes imposed outside of any prescribed lines of ill-will. While I doubt that England and the remaining Home Counties would begrudge Scotland her republican aspirations, be it would seem that the same options would be in play. I have to wonder if the EU courtship of the British Isles is not more highly valued than a visibly struggling and divided Spain or keeping members making only marginal contributions, but selectivity and this breed of nepotism ought not interfere with the attachments of membership, lest one gets dazzled by pretense and aloofness.