Scotland the …

I’ve spent a third of my life living and working in Scotland.  I’m not going to re-hash the reasons I left here, they’re easy enough to find elsewhere on the blog.  To summarise the summary of the summary, Shetland Islands Council are a cowardly bunch of self-serving arseholes who wouldn’t know a good idea if it bit them on the arse, that’s assuming they could find it with  both hands and a map purchased at great expense (with money from the oil funds) from a close relative or personal friend.

Anyway.

I was not expecting Scotland, as a whole, to vote no.

South projection is always fun! – Image borrowed from http://geographer-at-large.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/motw-3-19-2012will-scotland-go-its-own.html

Taking the good things from this.  It was a high turnout.  That means, for once, people were engaged and interested in the politics governing their nation.  Whether that continues to the next General Election, or the Scottish Parliament elections that follow in 2016, we’ll have to see.  I’m speculating that you’ll see a lot of “Well, I voted Yes last time and look where that got me, don’t think I’ll bother this time.”

It was close – not as close as some predicted – but well within the margin of error predicted by the polls in the closing days.  Most of those “undecided” the polls were excluding must’ve been “no” voters.  The “Silent No” they were discussing at great length on Radio 4.

And now we have to live with the fallout.

What we’ve got to deal with now is Larry, Mo, and Curly in Westmister giving more and more powers to Scotland  while – at the same time – avoiding giving any concessions to England.  The West Lothian issue (Scottish MPs voting for matters that will never affect them as they’re devolved issues), which should’ve been sorted out as part of the initial devolution of powers to Scotland, rumbles on.  Until this is sorted out, there’s an awful lot of people who won’t be happy.  Oh, and then there’s the Barnett formula, which although Barnett himself thinks is broken, everyone else agrees is just fine.  Scotland pays £40-odd billion in, gets £50-odd billion back. That’s fair, isn’t it?

Quite possibly the biggest problem facing England as we go forward is Westminster.  The three main parties are all different shades of the same colour – ocean grey, battleship grey and the kind of grey HP used to make PC cases, really, really bland and uninspiring.  We have no viable alternatives without giving more strength and credence to the weirder parties.  And I’m not including the Monster Raving Loonies here, frankly I don’t see how they could’ve done a worse job.

So, thank you, the Labour government who let this genie out of the bottle without sorting out the full ramifications and seeing this coming.  Or maybe they did, knowing full well it would cause trouble and they could sit back in opposition.  Laughing.  Anyway.

“A person is clever.  People are stupid.” – Tommy Lee Jones, Men in Black

Each and every person who voted, regardless of which option they voted for, falls into that first category. They took a step in influencing the course of their country.  It was always going to be close, and they were right in thinking their vote counted.

The people who believe things just because they’re told it by one person and don’t check their facts or sources?  They fall into that second category.

I shall leave you with this…

Father Jack, of Craggy Island, had a special phrase he used for the poor and the needy.  I believe it applies equally well to the leaders of our main political parties – regardless of which part of the UK you live in.

2 Replies to “Scotland the …”

  1. I find I am relieved the UK is not broken up and rUK relegated to small & insignificant. And I dont have to move my pension to the new English NHS pension (which like all new pension schemes is crap).
    But I am gutted that Scotland is not independant. England would have been free. My frakking shares would have gone up nicely.
    Pity people who have so much resentment over the English are still aligned to us. I suspect for financial reasons on the most part. So they will still hate the English and Scotland will continue to feel bought. Like it was in 1707.

    1. Those who resent the English look to be pulling every trick they can to give them a righteous head of anger against the referendum they’ve just lost. Some areas are demanding recounts. Many are blaming the BBC for a media bias. Have to say that I didn’t detect any bias on Radio 4 and God knows they covered the referendum in enough detail.

      Don’t worry, the SNP aren’t going to let this lie. Like kids who’ve not got the answer they want, they’re just going to keep asking until they get one they like. Maybe they’ll take this to the European Court and claim that those nasty English types sabotaged the whole thing. Maybe next time a vote will include everyone with an interest in the future of the UK – Scottish, English, Welsh, Northern Irish, ex-pats and all. Then we’ll see how fast we get rid of Scotland.

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