A young minister of the Kirk at a Church concert announced the next item on the programme: “Miss Jeannie Macpherson will now sing “The Flowers o’ the Forest”. A loud voice came from the back of the Hall: “Jeannie Macpherson’s a hoor.” The minister paused a moment. Then: “nevertheless Miss Jeannie Macpherson will now sing ‘The Flowers o’ the Forest.”
Muriel Spark thought “nevertheless” the great Scottish word, deep-rooted in our culture and mentality. She was right. The deal now agreed between the UK Government and the EU is to my mind a ”Nevertheless” moment.