When Scotland voted on independence in September 2014, Nicola Sturgeon, then the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and now its leader, described the referendum as a “once in a generation” event.
I suppose the definition of “a generation” is flexible. To Sturgeon, it evidently means “four years”: She now wants another vote next fall.
What has changed? Not public opinion. The polls have barely budged since the last referendum, which resulted in a 55-45 vote against separation. Scots are an admirably bloody-minded people and, when asked the same question, they tend to respond the same way, only with added emphasis. Fewer than one in three Scots favors a second poll, and the SNP’s insistence on one strikes even pro-independence voters as the act of a bad loser.