EDINBURGH—Scottish nationalists have never had better odds of achieving their centuries-long dream of securing independence. The Brexit that Scots voters never wanted is turning out to be just as terrible as had been predicted, the foppish and painfully English prime minister, Boris Johnson, is shambling his way through an eternal fuck-up, and the last 20 opinion polls have shown the pro-independence side in the lead.
But, as anyone with even a Braveheart-level of knowledge of its national history knows, Scots have a long-held penchant for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. And, right now, Scottish nationalists who have spent their entire lives working up towards this moment are letting it all go to hell—over a furious and destructive row over transgender rights that has seen lawmakers burst into tears at meetings.
Britain’s persistent problem with transphobia, which comes from the political left as well as its right, has been well documented.