Q) When is a ‘national conversation’ not a national conversation? A) When it excludes the greater part of the nation which it purports to represent.
Rather than involve itself in the Calman Commission the SNP famously set up a rival ‘National Conversation’ purportedly to canvass views on devolution and independence, directly from the people of Scotland. But it transpires the pro-Union contributions are being omitted from the online constitutional debate.
In Ireland a tactic often employed to imply that Republican and nationalist symbols are the only legitimate representations of ‘Irishness’ is to accuse unionists of ‘excluding themselves’ from the nation.
Perhaps Scots Nat thinking isn’t so terribly different?