After the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit, the union will not be safe with a prime minister who plays with nationalist fire
A virus that doesn’t care about nations or history can still spread perimeters across the map like a rash. Different European countries’ pandemic responses regenerated frontiers that were meant to be submerged for the sources of continental incorporation. That influence was less pronounced within the UK, but public health is a devolved thing, so lockdown has probed the tender line where England encounters Scotland.
There is no Scottish plan to quarantine guests from England, but Nicola Sturgeon has refused to dismiss the notion altogether. Opining on the subject in parliament last week, Boris Johnson offered the untrue and crass assertion that “there is no such thing as a border” between the two nations. The inane gauntlet was taken up by a handful of pro-independence activists over the weekend, who stands at the sign on the A1 welcoming motorists to Scotland with a banner advocating the coronavirus-carrying English to stay away.
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