Pat Kane ( is a writer, musician, activist, consultant, futurist. He is the author of The Play Ethic (, runs the Scottish affairs blog Thoughtland (, and has been an advocate for Scottish Indy politics since the late 80s. He still sings with his brother Greg in Hue And Cry (

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comment Pat Kane: Is this Netflix show a simulation of early Scottish independence?

IT’S quite something, to be binge-watching the new Borgen: Power And Glory series on Netflix, in the same week that the Scottish Government restarted the case for indy. Nicola Sturgeon was quickly and wittily on the socials, dampening down any comparisons. “Early fifties, menopausal, angry at the world – yes, I’ve watched the first few episodes … but you know, Birgitte is a fictional character.”