Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Scottish Hour

I could not avoid blogging about it, however controversial it is. Not where I live, not now. Because it is the only thing people talk about here in the UK. Tonight's the night. History might be made. Until tomorrow, this household is divided, as I said on Facebook. I am talking of course of the referendum on Scotland's independence. And guess where I stand? I may be the only one around here. At work, people are full on hostile to it. I was asked why I was on the side of those who wanted to break up a country. I replied the same thing: Scotland is already a country, just not an independent one. Even the Life in the UK test says it is a country, I know, I have passed it. What would break tonight is a kingdom, and even then not so much, as the Scots would keep the British monarchy. So it is a De-united Kingdom we may have tomorrow.

So why am I for it? Because Scotland is a country and country should have all powers to decide for themselves what is good for them. And I find ironic that so many people here in England are against Scotland's separation, but want to separate from the EU, too much of a federation for their taste. And I have sympathy for the underdog, for a project that goes against the British establishment, from the right to the left. But then again, if I am being honest, I don't think it will happen. And if I am more honest, I admit that I would be far more enthusiastic if there was a referendum for the abolition of the monarchy. My one gripe against Scottish nationalism is that it is not a republican one.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

You must be getting deja-vue flashbacks to the two Quebec referenda -- how could you not?

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i think it is going to happen. i hope it does. i am all for it. why shouldn't they separate if they want to? let the vote decide. i hear the turnout to vote is unheard of. good for scotland! glad you agree!

Guillaume said...

@Debra-Not of 1980 as I was too young, but of 1995 most definitely: it was the first time I ever voted.
@Jaz-Sadly it did not happen.