Pure Dead Brilliant?

Naturally enough, the landscape between here and Glasgow changes gradually, well signposted by the mountains of the Lake District and the changing shapes of the hills. Still, even through a train window, it always seems to become unmistakably and “all-of-a-sudden” Scottish. The air, the water, the atmosphere. Even blindfolded, you’d somehow know you were back home. Nevermind the majestic scenery or the mists drifting over the Campsies; the proof of a Scottish banknote willย really raise a smile on the face of an ex-pat. Well, everyone has a bit of Romanticism for their homeland, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ For me, living somewhere that’s really only subtly different as opposed to entirely “alien” is an illuminating process. Being Scottish in England right now also means being asked about my views on Independence. Again, it’s hard to resist the lure of Patriotism in favour of a more nuanced perspective; but certainly nobody is claiming that “breaking away from the Union” would be easy. Undoubtedly it would take a few years for the dust to settle and for new laws, new rules, new modes of interaction, to be properly defined and managed. The question is: is it worth it?

Ready for a departure. Just like Scotland?

Well, it really all depends on your definition ofย worth, doesn’t it? Despite a well-argued case from the profit-driven and big business-seeking sectors on the perils of “divorce”, I do think it would be worthwhile seeing how Scotland would redefine, reposition and strengthen itself as a Sovereign State. That would never mean abandoning ties with the rest of the UK, or turning away from Internationalism and Globalisation. Quite the contrary. What Independence would do would be provide the Scottish electorate with a chance to more strongly assert and enact their core and long-held principles of social justice, equality, and public service, over and above those currently emanating from Westminster – not just “at home” but also abroad; not least when it comes to matters of War, Defense, and “deterrants“. Well, maybe. Independent or not, it all still very much depends – on the EU, on our electoral system, and on how much trust we put in the political class in general – whether that of Scotland, England, or any other country with which we do “business”. And let’s not even get started on the difference between DevoPlus and DevoMax! But as it stands, I’m not going to get a say in it anyway. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

It was nice to get back and find the sun shining brightly on Manchester. Worth remembering that many people down here would envy us (sorry – “the Scottish voters”) our chance to break away from the coalition…


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2 responses to “Pure Dead Brilliant?”

  1. mackenga says :

    Interesting post – I’m pro-independence myself, since it would give actual authority to our shiny PR-elected parliament. After the AV fob-off down South, it could be years before the idea of a move towards a functioning democracy is taken seriously again (if it ever was!). I guess I should really take a more detailed look at the arguments against, but the fact that they mostly seem to come from tories and big business pretty much turns them into arguments in favour from my perspective ๐Ÿ™‚

    I certainly don’t trust the politicians in the Scottish Parliament much more than I trust those in Westminster, but with a smaller country and a better electoral system it should be easier to address those problems over time than it is at the moment.

    • musingfrommanchester says :

      Yeah, I know what you mean, I am not really all that convinced by Alex Salmond to be honest, but I think it is worth a try; I think claims of it being a potential disaster are certainly exaggerated. Hey, at least you’ll get to vote on it unlike us ex-pats lol. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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