As I start to write this, I have no clue what the result of the Scottish Independence vote will be. To be honest, I don’t think it really matters, even though it will be history in about seven hours or so.
As an exercise in dividing the nations, it’s done a sterling job. Many Scots have divided from the English, and the yes and the no from each country is divided against each other.
It wasn’t about Salmond, and it wasn’t about Cameron. It ‘s a vote for Westminster or the Scottish Parliament, but that message didn’t get through. I found the TV coverage pitiful and biased, but hey ho, I can’t influence that.
I have to admit, I had a wee bit of a wobble at the polling station, but the cross went in the yes box. It’s the hope you see. I’m a glass half full sort. Our NHS seems to be reducing, we have food banks, elderly people without care support, disabled forced out of their homes, unfair bedroom tax and lots more. I can’t blame people for wanting to give it a go themselves.
Although my parents generation are more in tune with the union, it was because they had historical industries where they felt proud to be British. With little of those industries or trade unions left, the younger people in our country are not seeing that meshing of populations, or meshing of ideals, goals or thinking, but there are enough of the elders around to make the final decision.
Actually, the young have been raised on a diet of banking scandals and unfair distribution of wealth, which always seems to favour the already wealthy. The elders should win this vote, but in another thirty years time, it could be very different.
- The vote is in and we bottled it as a nation.
- Fear won over hope. That’s pretty understandable, given that people tend to be resistant to change. They almost always resist change in the workplace, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they resisted it for life.
- The onus is now on Better Together and the no voters to PROVE their positioning. But then again, it makes no difference to us, because we can’t do anything about it, even if they give all our money to the man on the moon.
The one thing I have to hope for, is that whether we are independent or not, the damage between the populations can be fixed, and we can carry on living and working together as close neighbours and friends.
The decision is made, though I think it will only fuel further divisions among the populations of the UK.
I really hope not.
We all need to kiss and make up now, while we watch Government either fulfil or renege on their promise of more devolution for all of us, not just Scotland.