The ‘Ulsterisation of Scottish politics’ is a vacuous term with no grounding in history (From Herald Scotland)

The ‘Ulsterisation of Scottish politics’ is a vacuous term with no grounding in history

In the last week or so the phrase ‘The Ulsterisation of Scottish politics’ has cropped up from time in both the press and social media.The argument is that the recent results of the Scottish Parliament elections have confirmed that the old axis of left and right in Scottish politics is no more and has been replaced by a struggle between those who oppose or favour independence.

No longer, according to this perspective are health,housing and education the overarching issues of contention in Scottish political life. Instead they are marginalized by a fixation on the constitution which is now the only political battleground between the parties.We are now, it is suggested, in a new era of identity politics in Scotland, which it is argued by the proponents of this thesis, can be compared to the single issue conflict which has long dominated Ulster between unionists and nationalists.

Source: The ‘Ulsterisation of Scottish politics’ is a vacuous term with no grounding in history (From Herald Scotland)

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