In the spring of 2012, a new linguistic fashion hit Scottish politics. Suddenly, people were addressing each other as “Staatsminister”, speaking in curious hurdy gurdy accents and saying “Tak” instead of thanks.
This outbreak of pseudo-Nordic was caused by the popular Danish television series Borgen, which remade the American political drama The West Wing in Denmark with a woman Prime Minister.
It may seem a little late in the day to be asking this question, only a year or so from a referendum on independence. But it is a question that has been perplexing people on the fringes of nationalist politics for some time now, as Alex Salmond has conducted his dance of the seven tartan veils – teasing us with policies such as keeping the pound, the Queen, Nato, MI6, UK energy and pensions policy, and maybe even Morris dancing.