It is entirely normal for diaspora communities to be strong supporters of secessionist movements in the old country.
Indeed the very existence of the exile is usually the result of some oppressive historical event in the homeland.
Ireland’s struggle for independence in the early 20th century was hugely assisted by those of the Fenian tradition in America and by Irish communities in Britain.
I know many Canadians of Scottish heritage who are currently staunch supporters of Scotland’s “Claim of Right.”
Many years ago I wrote that there would come a day when Ulster Unionism would intervene in Scottish politics if the SNP ever looked like achieving their primary goal, i.e. Scottish independence.
Lord Kilclooney – aka John Taylor and one-time MP and deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party decided to use his extensive knowledge of the county where I live, Donegal, to deliver a killer argument against Scottish Independence.
I loved the part about partitioning Scotland.
Whereas there is a growing consensus in England for Scottish autonomy and it is a given in Wales only in Northern Ireland does Scotland have enemies.
Yet they call themselves “Ulster Scots.”
This is a curious flat pack culture which emerged during the during the Belfast Agreement talks, an ersatz ethnicity which provided a garnish to their bigotry while the grownups from America were in town.
Of course dear reader these are the same people who deride Irish citizens in Scotland as “Plastic Paddies” and mock anyone not born in Ireland who may want to celebrate their Irish heritage.
The “Ulster Scots” are no ordinary exiled community. They are not like the Scots of Cape Breton. It was not Clearance that created the “tartan gangs”, but Plantation. Their location in Ulster IS the product of an oppressive historical event, but one which they benefited from. In that sense they are no ordinary exiles.
While people of Scottish descent around the world support independence for the land of their ancestors only on this island do we have people who claim Caledonian origins yet fervently wish that their ancestral homeland remain a British province and not a nation once again.