SCOTLAND: When the Black Rain Falls

"Once the black rain falls in Scotland, Scotland will be free."

Some 300 years after a wandering Scottish mystic called "the Brahan Seer" made that Delphic statement, it is turning out to be almost literally true. The "black rain " is about to fall from a vast array of oil rigs in the North Sea. Not coincidentally, the country is undergoing the first widespread resurgence of nationalism in this century. One indicator of the new mood was the dramatic breakthrough scored in February's British elections by the Scottish National Party, a modest fringe...

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