British nationalist lashes out at English pro-independence supporters

Unionist in angry outburst at English people backing Scottish independence 

A RETIRED ACADEMIC held up as a leading ‘voice of unionism’ in Scotland has launched a bizarre, offensive outburst at English people for backing Scottish independence. 

Jill Stephenson, previously placed at the university of Edinburgh, hit out at “these fuckers from south of the border” in her latest online rant against the independence movement. 

Stephenson, connected to the Scotland in Union campaign group and recently published as a columnist in the Scotsman, previously hit the headlines for calling young MP Mhairi Black a “foul-mouthed slut” and speculated on arming herself for political purposes.

Stephenson did not reply to a further request for comment from CommonSpace after she said there were “No words too strong…” for people from England that back independence. 

The remarks came following a passionate BBC Question Time debate when Mark Littlewood, former head of media for the Liberal Democrats and current Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, spoke out in favour of independence. 

Campaign group ‘English Scots for Yes’ supported independence in 2014, and continues to work to dispel myths about the purpose and nature of the case for self-government. 

The group recently had a relaunch, pledging to take its campaign to the hundreds of thousands of people who were born in England and now live in Scotland.

Organiser Math Campbell wrote: “Ultimately, whilst we shall always hold England dear in our hearts, we are English-Scots – we have made Scotland our home, and it is to Scotland’s future we must look.  For these reasons, and many others that are still unchanged from 2014, we must throw our weight and support behind the call for a second referendum and tell the people of Scotland to vote Yes. Again.”

Picture courtesy of English Scots for Yes

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Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:36

I have read in the past till now comments & newsletters on Common space & feel endeared to them for their honest, fullest content covering the interests of Scotland as well as what is going on around us to enlighten everyone of us.

Scot o' The World

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:34

“these fuckers from south of the border”... Any chance we could emblazon this on the sides of buses, attributed, of course, to the author? Hey!

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Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:38

As with all things, the Unionist section will always find ways to attack Scotland's right to self-determination. It is not about the Scots, it is about those of us who have chosen to live, work, vote and pay taxes in Scotland. To make things clear, Scottish Independence is also not about the SNP. The electorate in Scotland returned an overwhelming majority in favour of Independence to Holyrood. We want a state that cares for its citizens, irrespective of origin, gender, race, religion etc., not some xenophobic, racist rhetoric that emanates from the corridors of Westminster, supported by the three unionist parties at Holyrood. Scotland and its people deserve the right to be a country in its own right.

Alasdair Macdonald

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 16:39

A clever juxtaposition of Professor Stephenson's latest tweet with her remarks about Mhairi Black. "Handsome is as handsome does," I imagine some of her supporters would say.


Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:00

The Unionists are getting twitchy now as the know that it is only a matter of time until we are an Independent nation again. They know that without English Governments holding us back that we will prosper. Whereas, without us, England will struggle to maintain their economic objectives.


Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:37

This poor woman, whose anger is familiar to many of us, should really just be ignored. Now I have to admit in the '14 I shouted at Jim Murphy. That he was being as provocative as possible did not justify my climbing into the gutter with him. Next campaign I shall not lose my temper. And I would recommend we win without insulting our opponents. The intemperate language and ad hominem attacks that characterise this angry woman just demonstrate the paucity of her argument. We should not stoop so low.

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Fri, 02/17/2017 - 17:47

Ms Stephenson seems determined to be an embarrassment to Unionism.
Anyone in England is free to support Scotland's independence. As a Scot and a Yes voter I am quite happy for England to set up its own parliamentary arrangements, hopefully ones imbued with the spirit of neighbourly co-operation, both to the other nations in the Isles and across the Channel.

Steve West

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 21:41

"English Scots for Yes" had a membership surge today, thanks to that little twitter rant.
We started up in the summer of 2014 as a small group of English people living in Scotland who supported independence. (The photo illustrating the article was our launch event)
We wanted to counter the unionist assertion that civic nationalism didn't exist, and help convince other people of English origin in Scotland that independence was a positive thing for everyone. Our motto is "It's not about where we come from. It's about where we are going, together, as a country".
Anyone wanting to join us, please head over to our facebook group:

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Fri, 02/17/2017 - 22:41

Brilliant Steve West, great news.
"It's not about where we come from. It's about where we are going, together, as a country" - that's a given mate, we are all behind that.


Sat, 02/18/2017 - 09:31

I love England - I'm half English and Liverpool is my second, and spiritual, home. That used to be my main argument against Scottish independence - after all, Liverpool has been treated worse than Scotland over much of my lifetime, especially during the 1980s and 90s. We have so much in common with our neighbours, and many of our fights are the same, even *within* the UK.

However it was one of the things the debate in 2014 really changed for me. I now strongly believe Scottish independence would be the best thing that could happen for many places in England, especially the north. The balance of power currently means London and the south, and their media, is utterly dominant. The north and home nations are ignored at best, suffer downright hostility as worst. An independent county in the EU to the north of "the north" would open up new possibilities and rebalance power entirely on these islands. It would leave "the north" in a position where it's no longer "north" but square centre in the British Isles, where it should be.


Sat, 02/18/2017 - 11:31

Not a good idea! Wrong assumptions would be made by those incapable of reading beyond the headline.


Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:09

Well done the E.F.I.s. There's a special place in heaven waiting for you!

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Sun, 04/02/2017 - 17:03

It looks to me as if the woman has some serious psychological issues. Best ignore her rantings.

On the other hand, if what she says encourages more English Scots to support independence, than letter her get on with it with our blessing!

Tom Webster

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 13:04

It is genuinely saddening, not only that she takes this belligerent position (and, of course, has a long record of doing so). But that she is given the space to do so by national papers. It disables a discussion on rational grounds, conducted in a civil manner. We need to resist the temptation to see her as representative of those in favour of the union, not least because, to do so would not assist in making those who voted no last time change their minds. Obviously her insulting characterisation of English residents in Scotland, like me, who backed independence last time and continue to do so, has not shaken my conviction to the slightest degree, to characterise all pro-union activists by her model would be unfair, inaccurate and unproductive.


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