I’m not Scottish, so I don’t get a say in whether or not they separate themselves from Britain. If I was a Scot though, I think I’d Vote Yes.
Why? Well, mainly because the arguments against it are so piss-weak. Everything I see, designed to guilt-trip Scottish people into staying with the Union is precisely the things I can’t abide about Britain as a Northern Englishman. And there’s some other stuff too.
Businesses will move out of Scotland or start putting prices up on things if they go independent. Apparently. Well, in that case, Scottish people will set up their own shops or they’ll shop at the business competing to give the lowest prices. Loads of countries aren’t part of Britain and they do fine, so fuck what businesses think.
THE POUND! THE POUND! Well, the Bank of England have said they’ll continue letting Scotland use the pound, so that’s that. If not, then there’s the Euro. Or maybe the Scottish will set up their own currency. There isn’t a foreseeable outcome where the Scottish will have to forgo money and start trading in turnips and song with each other, so fuck currency.
Did you see the Telegraph’s front page where they basically reminded Scotland of The War? Thing is, there’s this Middle England, slightly racist, Little Briton thing where absolutely everything reverts back to WWII. Many of us are grateful, but have moved on. If I were a Scot and someone said “So you don’t care about all those people who died in the war?”, I’d think “Oh shut the fuck up, Tory.” Whether that’s right or not, it’d make me tired and I’d want to vote ‘Yes’. Wars are a salient point though. A lot of Scots feel that they were dragged into wars by English politicians. Scotland will be nuclear weapon-free if they go independent - there’s reason enough there to want to go it alone.
The banks are advising Scotland to stay in the Union of Great Britain. Now, seeing as the banks are almost entirely responsibly for the austerity and economic gloom in the Western World, you have to assume that Scottish people couldn’t give two fucks what the banks are advising.
What About Britain?
Irvine Welsh has a good point. He says that “Swedes, Norwegians and Danes don’t need a pompous, blustering state called Scandinavia informing them how wonderful they are”. The idea of Britishness is a stupid idea and ranks very lowly in most people’s affections - even those who say they’re proud to be British. Ask a devoted Brit if they are British first, or whether they’re Northern/Cornish/Midlander/Whatever, first. I know I feel more Northern English than I do ‘English’, let alone ‘British’. Scottish people have an incredible civic nationalism - they’re Scottish first, not Anti-Other Places.
Scotland isn’t going anywhere. It’ll be in exactly the same place. They’ll just be running a bunch of really boring shit for themselves, which don’t matter to your average British person anyway. They want to run their own admin. They’re not drifting off into the sea. The neighbours are using a different mortgage provider to England, that’s it. It’s that sentimental.
While a lot of Scottish people are amusing trolling the fuck out of the English over this, there’s actually very little hate. The narrative, for the most part is that there’s a begrudging love for England and, more than that, this decision has nothing to do with England, rather, it’s something they’re mulling over themselves, as a country.
Here’s a thing - the Scottish don’t like the Conservative Party and they seem pretty pig sick of the fact that when the Tories get in power, they make decisions for an entire country that will never vote them in. That’s got to be a repeated kick in the balls. So when David Cameron says “I’ll be upset if you leave us”, a lot of Scottish people might think “Good. Y’fuck. I’m voting ‘Yes’ now.” Cameron would be wise to keep his mouth shut.
Causing Loads of Trouble For Everyone
There’s a whiff of “oh, stop it Scotland!” emanating from certain quarters. If Scotland go solo, then Wales might want to. Then the Irelands might start thinking differently. WHAT HAPPENS IF ENGLAND STARTS BREAKING UP AND WE GET AN INDEPENDENT NORTH? Tough shit. This, one way or another, is good critical thinking. Just because Britain has been a thing for so long, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t change.
The Royal family are one of the most divisive elements of British life. A lot of people adore them. There’s just as many who can’t abide the fuckers. To me, they’re free-loaders. They’re benefit scroungers in ruby knickers. The only way I’d be happy with a Royal Family is if they were like the Rothchild family or something, and lorded it up while paying their way. If being a Royal means something to them, then surely they’d do it for free and live in a council flat. As many Scots are staunchly anti-Royal, any distance from The Queen & Co is going to be a boon. The press, pointing at the Royal family and saying “You want to leave all this behind?” are missing the point.
What happens if Scotland fucks it all up? Well, everything feels pretty fucked as it is, so there’s no worry there. The fundamental difference here, is that any mess create will be a mess that is owned by the Scottish themselves. It feels much better cleaning up your own mess, rather than someone else’s. Besides, Scotland is a smart country, they’ll work it out. If they get stuck, there’s enough of us in England who still love them and will help them out… but they won’t need it.
Either way, all this independence chat is incredibly exciting. I imagine that there’s Scots who haven’t felt this politically motivated (on both sides of the fence) in a generation. Whatever the result, good luck to you. We’ll still visit.
Basically, if I were Scottish, I’d vote ‘Yes’, mainly because the things designed to make me reconsider are many of the things that has made me tired of Britain, or British ideology. I’m no political analyst, and there’s inevitably great holes in my arguments and ideas, such as NHS matters or whatever, but the fact is, while the head is important, this is equally a decision of the heart. And my heart says moving away from London, Westminster and Britishness is not a bad thing at all.