As some of you may be aware, Scotland is having an independence referendum in a few years (unfortunately.) Now, most of the dangers of independence revolve around the economy and Europe, but there are two spectres that the SNP (Scottish Nationalist Party) seem to be skirting around. The first is racism, the second is sectarianism.
While the SNP themselves do not officially espouse anti English sentiment, there are wings of their supporters (who I have had the misfortune to encounter) who are specifically against England and the English (in fact, in my experience, anyone who is not White, Protestant and Scottish.) Despite being half Scottish, and having lived in Scotland for eight years, I have found myself losing my confidence in Scotland, as its culture and politics slowly becomes hijacked by rabid nationalists, who are too blinded by their own goals to realise the damage they are doing.
Sectarianism has always been a problem in Britain, although more so in Northern Ireland and Scotland than anywhere else. Sectarianism in Scotland is particularly concentrated in the West of Scotland, with Irish Catholics and Scottish Protestants slugging it out for the past 150 years. This division even extends into soccer, where people identify their team based on their religion, and games have to be played under close police watch, even having to be cancelled in some instances. Sectarianism has softened in the past few years, but the SNP have been specifically targeting areas of the West where they hope to cash in on old divisions, and thus gain votes. Unfortunately, they may find that, should they win independence, these divisions will be too far gone to fix, and Scotland will then have to deal with a violent and bigoted spectre, such as the one that raised itself in Northern Ireland.