Scotland needs “a little more confidence” in its independent approach, said Brian Cox.
the Dundee-born actor spoke out on Monday when he appeared alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to discuss his new book, The Lion Of Dundee, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Ms Sturgeon described Mr Cox as a “new Labor lover” when she first learned of his political views, before adding that he had “made the journey” to become a support SNPs.
Reminiscing on how he came to support the party and Scottish independence, Cox said: “I spoke the voice of Labor in 1997, and I was very passionate about socialism – I am a socialist. I’m a socialist, basically, I’m a socialist.
“So I’m really, really pleased to be a part of that and we’ve got a bigger share than ever before. And then we systematically blew it up. Big time.
My country must be free. We must be freeBrian Cox
“Then, in the end, Iraq is the place that really fascinates me, and Tony Blair’s arrogance towards Iraq I just think is horrible.
“And I felt that the country, the march of millions, it was like being ignored, and I just thought ‘something is wrong’.
“And then when the referendum took place in 2014, I realized that no… social democracy was missing.
“And the only place where social democracy seems to exist is in my hometown.
“My country must be free. We must be free. We have to be who we are.
“Whoever comes here sees the difference between the north and the south.
“It is so obvious now, and Scotland has never been more ripe for that.
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“The only thing is, I just wish Scots would be a little more confident.”
An independent Scotland “shouldn’t be in character”, he continued.
“It should be about country first, not politics. Country first, and democracy. “
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/brian-cox-scotland-ripe-for-independence-but-needs-more-confidence-41945764.html Brian Cox: Scotland ‘ripe’ for independence but needs more confidence