Elliott Green

How Brexiteers appealed to voters’ nostalgia

Most referendums ask voters whether they want to join a political project. Britain’s EU referendum did the opposite. Elliott Green argues the campaigning was suffused by appeals to nostalgia and to a past in which Britain “took control”. He identifies four groups of voters to whom this message appealed: imperialist nostalgists; racists; non-racist and non-imperialist nationalists; older voters.

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    The EU referendum and legislation on ‘English votes for English laws’ will be crucial for Scotland’s future in the Union

The EU referendum and legislation on ‘English votes for English laws’ will be crucial for Scotland’s future in the Union

The crucial factor in any future move towards Scottish independence is not the will of the Scottish electorate, which clearly rejected independence in last year’s referendum, but the will of the English electorate, writes Elliott Green.
The UK general election last week threw up a lot of questions about the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK, inasmuch as […]

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    Scottish nationalism stands apart from other secessionist movements for being civic in origin, rather than ethnic

Scottish nationalism stands apart from other secessionist movements for being civic in origin, rather than ethnic

The contrast between the SNP and other nationalist movements and parties is striking, argues Elliott Green. The SNP explicitly promotes civic nationalism, claiming that membership in the Scottish nation is to be defined not by blood but by voluntary attachment to Scotland and participation in its civic life. This has paid off, with high support from ethnic minorities for independence.

Normally we think […]