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Therese Raphael

Scotland Needs Good Governance, Not Fairytales

The case for Scottish independence has never looked weaker or more self-indulgent.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP Party.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP Party.

Photographer: Peter Summers/Getty Images Europe

It may look as if the UK Supreme Court dealt a death blow to Nicola Sturgeon’s strategy for Scottish independence, with its ruling on Wednesday that no referendum could be held without agreement from Westminster. In fact, it did the opposite. The Scottish National Party leader’s objective is less to win independence than to keep the fight alive — and the Court gave her just the pretext to do so.

Sturgeon knew a loss was probable when she published a referendum bill in June and launched the case. She was clear then that if the Court ruled against the Scottish government, she would declare the next election a de facto referendum on independence. That’s exactly what’s happened.