It’s all getting a bit dramatic, isn’t it? People are raging and storming, they are crying and shouting, threatening and cajoling. So what’s it to be? Will it be Aye? Will it be Nay? Will Scotland be a nation once again or will they stay together for better or worse? David Cameron seems to have had a heart transplant, or possibly a lobotomy, as he is now sounding like an emotional teenager; and other English leaders aren’t much better. It’s not very impressive to hare up North the moment your power-base is threatened, if you have ignored Scotland’s existence in the past.
Still, for one standing on the sidelines as I am, it’s an interesting situation; and the most interesting part of it, is the way the vote has turned, thanks seemingly to a previously silent slice of the electorate. 98% of the eligible population has now registered to vote, and that includes a substantial wodge of people who have never voted in a previous election.
Broadly speaking, I am sympathetic to Independence. Scotland has a long history as a separate country: until a few hundred years ago it had its own parliament and laws and waged war on its own account. It has its own language and culture and is well able to maintain an independent existence. Moreover, under the current system it gets a raw deal: being so far from London, it is generally forgotten by MP’s except when they want a handy faraway place to locate some nuclear missiles. So if I were there now I would vote yes.
Most of the ‘no’ arguments seem to be financial. There has been some general muttering about how the two countries would be better off as one; but in the main, opposition has centred on the pound (ye cannae have it) and on the threats by certain institutions, such as Standard Life, to leave if there’s a Yes vote. I think such behaviour is unconscionable: it is fine for individuals to express opinions but for large financial institutions to seek to influence the outcome of an election, looks like bullying. I don’t like it. Besides, nobody really knows how things will be after independence, either politically or financially, so they should wait and see – or else keep their own counsel.
So – in three days it will all be over and we will know the outcome. Which way would you vote?