Why is nationalism a normal term in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but so pejorative in England?

I said it "whiffs" of colonialism, because it does. I'm not alluding to Scotland ever being colonised like Ireland was, because we haven't been. Scotland has been complicit in the British Empire's colonialism and has created untold suffering across the world, just as the rest of this "union".

From the Act of Union, the power has been in London. The power over Scotland still is in London. And for London to refuse a democratic vote when our main party was voted in on that mandate, does "whiff" of colonialism.

I'm not saying that Scotland is a colonised country, but only that elements of colonisation are present in this enforcement.

It's possible for elements of colonisation to be present without the country being classed as a "colonised" country. Scotland's history is long and complex, and so too is the relationship between Scotland and England. It's too nuanced to class Scotland as a "colonised" country outright, or England as "colonisers".

But London's decision to "no" a democratic vote on self-determination certainly has elements of attitude akin to that of the British Empire.

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