Scottish independence

It’s not often that I disagree with David, which you might not find so surprising because he pays my wages. However, I disagree with him strongly on the issue of Scottish independence, so thought I might as well say so in advance of tomorrow’s referendum. I need to fill the white space somehow until this new Pink Floyd album that you’re all waiting to find out more about, and are going to love, comes out.

Now, I can obviously accept a plea for solidarity between politically progressive minds across the UK – for all our sakes. I do fear a future, without Scottish votes, where English voters have even greater influence and the convictions of an increasingly wealthy South East cancel out all opposing voices on issues that affect most of all the poorest and most vulnerable everywhere else. I expect right-wing UKIP to continue to make gains, I expect more austerity, I expect withdrawal from the European Union. I don’t much like the sound of any of it.

Of course I can accept we’re neighbours and friends and have much in common (wartime victories and imperial adventures, mostly) and nostalgia is all very well. Not that the land is going to break away in the event of a Yes victory, with dramatic crashes and thuds, a sudden tectonic shifting of plates, as Scotland slowly floats away, the sound of a single, mournful piper growing ever more distant, drowned out by the wails of regret, never to be seen again. We’ll still be neighbours and friends with all the same things in common. Wales and Northern Ireland, too. (Once again, we’re merely assumed to be part of England and rarely mentioned, but we are paying attention and we do care, honest.)

And, well, that’s about it, I think, and about where my understanding of the No campaigners ends, because I’m not buying this cheesy ‘Better Together’ nonsense one bit. Better for whom exactly?

If we’re really better together, why aren’t we better right now? Why are we so unhappy? Why are so many struggling to make ends meet? I doubt that we were ever really better together, or will be better together in the future, so why pretend? One side always comes out better off and it’s usually the area around the City of London.

I grant you that England is not a homogeneous mass of like-minded folk who all vote the same way and share the same grievances – of course not, that would be as silly as assuming that all Yes voters hate the English and this is why they want out, which is ludicrous (perhaps we’ll eventually get to see exactly how many English people living in Scotland voted Yes) – yet the English are rather more supportive of austerity than the Scottish, it has to be said, and more likely to vote Conservative. This is clearly reflected in election results. It means the views of those opposed to austerity, or whatever else is dreamt up next, can be comfortably out-voted over and over again because of the strength in England’s numbers. This begs the question: why remain in the Union, dear Scotland, if you have no say in decision-making and sticking around will only mean yet more unpopular policies imposed upon you from, and so often in the interests of, England?

I know some feel Scotland fares better than England. I’ll get to that in a minute.

So maybe a Yes vote is something of a two-fingered salute to those of us south of the border, particularly to those who share most in common. I can appreciate that feeling. It would be nice if we all marched beneath the red flag as one and changed society permanently for the better, like Labour could and should have done from 1997 onwards. But there is no reason why workers in Scotland would not still belong to the same unions in the event of independence, just as there is no reason why Cornwall or Yorkshire cannot demand more local control right now. No reason why there should not be an English assembly or an English national anthem or an English flag to wave proudly instead of the old imperialist one, whatever that will look like minus all the Scottish blue. (I couldn’t care less, personally, I never cared much for it anyway.)

‘This argument needs to be had among us all, you can’t selfishly resolve it amongst yourselves by taking an easy opt-out clause,’ said Bob Geldof this week.

Other than Bob Geldof, because he clearly does even though it’s a bit rich, who can blame Scotland for wanting out and who can begrudge them the opportunity to make life better for their communities and families? Not I. And this is where the argument in favour of voting No surely loses all its validity.

I mean, really, you would think Scots might want to cut ties with one of the most unequal countries in the developed world and create a fairer society. The 100 wealthiest people in the UK have as much money as the poorest 18 million – that’s 30 per cent of all people in the UK. Britain’s five richest families alone are worth more than the poorest 20 per cent of the population. This is scandalous when working people up and down the land are relying on food banks, hospitals are closing, etc.

You wouldn’t think Labour, historically the party of the working class, had held power for 13 long years. How they deceived and failed us so.

This inequality costs £39 billion, apparently. The social consequences of inequality are worked out by calculating reduced life expectancy, poorer mental health and higher levels of crime. £39 billion is also equivalent to the UK government’s annual spending on defence, which brings me rather nicely to Trident submarines (coming soon to Wales, no doubt). Why wouldn’t the Scots want Britain’s nuclear deterrent, with its potential destructive power eight times that of the first atomic bomb, no longer based 25 miles or so from its second city? I can see why they might like to see the back of these expensive weapons of mass destruction and not want any part in future, possibly illegal, almost certainly US-led foreign policy. Makes perfect sense to me.

There are many across England who will be pleased to see the Scots vote for independence, believing that the English will be richer (maybe, but don’t forget the oil…), that English issues will no longer be decided by Scottish MPs (that was never Scotland’s fault, to be fair) and ever more right-wing governments will be the norm (lucky you).

Some share the bigoted views of the Daily Mail‘s Simon Heffer:

‘Thus my friendly advice to our Scottish cousins as they contemplate this great constitutional moment is this: vote ‘yes’, for independence. It would be the equivalent of turning on a very, very cold shower, and would wake Scotland up to reality. The truth is that those nationalists who argue that Scottish prosperity is retarded by their ‘English oppressors’ are living in cloud-cuckoo land. Furthermore, I believe that an independent Scotland would soon find itself unequal to the struggle of self-government, because the English money tap would be turned off. Its people would have to work, or starve.’

(I promised myself that I would make no snide remark at this point about the careless use of English taps because poor, little, needy Wales subsidises so much of England’s water anyway… I just couldn’t help myself, but please know that I did it with a cheeky wink.)

There are plenty more examples of sneering, bigoted views of those with a national superiority complex such as Heffer’s, here, if you care to look.

The left-wing press that calls itself ‘socialist’ supports a No vote (it’s both London-owned and London-based, naturally). The BBC, our impartial – ahem – state broadcaster has been sure to report every day how thoroughly awful a Yes vote would be, but the BBC does what it’s told by the people in power and reads the lines it’s given.

How it all sticks in one’s craw. Ireland needed bombs and assassinations to secure its independence. How tame all this in comparison. A few eggs thrown and some posters torn down.

For more than 30 years now there has been a shift across much of England to the Right (worryingly so, it has begun in Wales), and no matter how Scotland votes, its voice is forever muted due to the far greater number of people south of its border. I can share this frustration because it’s the same in Wales.

Additionally, I notice the disdain with which we of the ‘Celtic fringe’ are treated by the British establishment. Better Together, they say! I don’t see much evidence of being better together in the miserable former industrial towns when no expense is spared for vanity projects in London. HS2, anyone? Never mind the damage to the countryside or immense cost so long as it shaves half an hour or so off some London commuter’s journey time.

If the tables were turned and England the weaker partner in this Union, there would be greater understanding of those who will tomorrow vote Yes to independence. It’s easy to be confident when you hold the levers of power.

Outside Scotland, many on the Left are against Scottish independence for purely selfish reasons. They, quite reasonably, fear fewer numbers in the ranks to counter the Tories. But that’s not for Scotland to deal with. If parts of England will continue to reject social democracy, why should Scotland have to continually suffer for this if it has a means of escape? I don’t consider it at all selfish because it should inspire others to follow Scotland’s lead and make things fairer for everyone.

It isn’t fair, for example, that about one third of the House of Commons is made up of former students from Oxford and Cambridge universities and about the same number from expensive boarding schools. What do these people know about life in the real world? Have they ever had to choose between eating or heating? Of course not. Too many look after their own and leave the rest to flounder. These are the people who bailed out the bankers, took away vital support from the poorest and now want a pay rise many times greater than the one they deny vital public sector workers. They have no clue and no shame.

I did manage to chuckle at this, from Mark Steel, today: ‘Cameron does at least have experience of Scotland, as his mother-in-law owns 19,000 acres of land on the Isle of Jura, on which he visits to stalk deer. So there’s plenty of common experiences for him to chat about with the unemployed of Motherwell.’ (Sorry, Scotland.)

We should all know by now that, sadly, it doesn’t matter who is in power; it’s usually the same bitter disappointment in the end. For how many more elections should we cling to the belief that things will improve with a change from blue to red? Labour prove themselves to be Red Tories more and more. The only viable alternative for many is now UKIP. How fast the Scots must want to flee from them. How many in England and Wales wish they could join them.

Ours is a democracy that is fundamentally broken, too often fails to serve our needs or reflect our values, controlled by an arrogant elite so used to getting its way it cannot help but fail to grasp why anybody in their right mind would want things to be different or suspect that they could make a better go of it.

Not surprisingly, many have lost faith in the established parties and, if there is a Yes vote tomorrow, it will have been achieved due to a tremendous rejection of Labour, which is deserved. For too long Scottish votes have been taken for granted by Labour with little by way of return. How fortunate to have an agreeable alternative – nationalist, yes, but also socialist. Wouldn’t we like this in England and Wales? As Billy Bragg wrote yesterday, Scottish nationalism is very different to British nationalism, the latter being right-wing and most often with the most vulgar racist undertones. I don’t think I’ve ever seen skinheads with swastikas on their brows waving the Scottish saltire, spitting disgusting abuse at people whose skin colour is anything other than white, yet throughout this debate it’s been Scottish nationalists who are narrow-minded and parochial, they say. Strange.

It is in the interests of the Westminster elite to resist change. The No campaign has been, at various times, negative and threatening, patronising and demeaning, fickle and flattering.

The Prime Minister has spoken to invited audiences rather than pounding the streets of Scotland for fear of being egged, making condescending comments about the enormous contribution Scots have made to the UK, which only makes you wonder what a funny way these tremendously privileged southerners have of acknowledging enormous contributions. “Thanks for the enormous contribution, here’s the Poll Tax.”

There is every indication that turnout tomorrow is going to be high, with 97 per cent of the eligible population registered to vote, boosted by the franchise having been extended to 16 and 17 year olds, which is so refreshing. And so it should be high. I’d love to be able to vote tomorrow to build a fairer, more caring society based on equality. One that looks after the many, not just the few. To follow the model of happier, safer Scandinavian countries which have less inequality between rich and poor and far fewer social problems. To move a step nearer a nuclear-free world. To eradicate child poverty. To never again squander vast sums of money on weapons of mass destruction. To deny the creeping privatisation of the NHS at all cost. What a huge, exciting opportunity that should be grasped with both hands.

After so much baseless scaremongering, the panic-driven bribery. Westminster can promise Scotland ‘jam tomorrow’ if she votes No (maybe Northern Ireland and Wales can compete to lick the spoon), but even if the politicians aren’t lying through their polished teeth, as per usual, about granting further powers to Scotland, an economy run in the interests of the whole UK, not just London and the South East, is but a pipe-dream. We have to do something about it in every corner of the UK, whatever Scotland decides, and support one another to get the type of society we want.

If Scotland does choose independence tomorrow, I dearly hope it will have major implications for other regions tired of the old established order and hope that people everywhere, whether they consider themselves ‘British’ or not, will be inspired to demand change and to fight to achieve it – however long it takes. As John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, writes, ‘I suggest that a ‘Yes’ vote by Scotland might help the rest of us get rid of the one-sided, lop-sided metropolitan imperialism that sucks life and talent out of much of the perfectly formed British Isles.’

Sorry, boss, but I’m with John: ‘Scottish Independence Could Kickstart Social Justice Across the British Isles’. Because of this I have to say: go for it, Scotland. Burst the Westminster bubble and we’ll all eventually benefit.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

26 thoughts on “Scottish independence”

  1. Although Scottish brochs have been around since the bronze age, most surviving brochs were built between 100 BC and 100 AD, a period of just 200 years that coincided with the arrival of the Romans, who first landed in England in 55 BC. By 47 AD, the Romans had conquered the whole of the south of England and declared Britain part of the Roman Empire. It was during this time that the Picts were hurriedly constructing brochs all over the Highlands, so there can be no doubt that they were built with military defensive purpose.

    By 79 AD, the whole of England had been conquered and Agricola attempted to conquer Scotland. After a number of failed military campaigns, which included the annihilation of the 9th Legion around 117 AD, the Romans retreated south and built Hadrian’s wall for their own protection.

    In 142 AD, the Romans again tried to take Scotland, made some territorial gains and built Antonine’s wall, a second defensive wall that stretched from the Firth of Clyde to the Firth of Forth. In 163 AD, the Romans retreated from Antonine’s wall and cowered behind Hadrian’s wall for the second time.

    In 208 AD, the Romans marched again to conquer Scotland. In 212 AD, they again left defeated. In 367 AD, the Picts with the help of the Irish invaded England and together they pushed the Romans back from their last defensive positions at Hadrian’s wall. Not long after that, the Romans left Britain. It is plausible that the defeats suffered by the Romans at the hands of the Picts were instrumental in laying the groundwork for the collapse of the Roman empire.

    Calach (Calgacus), the Pictish leader who united the tribes of Scotland, is said to have described the Romans as “Robbers of the world, having by their universal plunder exhausted the land, they rifle the deep. If the enemy be rich, they are rapacious; if he be poor, they lust for dominion; neither the east nor the west has been able to satisfy them. Alone among men they covet with equal eagerness poverty and riches. To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a solitude and call it peace.”

    Were it not for the Celtic peoples, there would be no England. The English owe their existence to Scotland. You see, this isn’t about missiles and social security, it isn’t about jobs and pensions, it’s about having a Scottish passport and being a Scot.


  2. As an American I have to admit my ignorance of the social and political issues of the U.K. And like most Americans, I tend to value the “United” part of our country’s name because it is the major contributor to our freedoms and economy. But because of my ignorance of your issues I’m not going to throw my own values into your faces. I will say this however:

    Nationalistic fervor alone is not a good enough reason to vote Yes. I am not saying do not vote Yes. But if you do, make sure you have thought everything out to its logical conclusion and make sure you have plans in place for a peaceful transition of power and a Constitution that insures your freedoms and future economic success.

    Perhaps you all have done so and I am merely showing my ignorance of the issue. The media coverage here isn’t all that great. This vote is being treated over here as a “Ha Ha, look at those nuts!” issue rather than the serious issue that it is.

  3. Cracking piece of writing, you’re spot on.

    My tuppence worth: (and I’m just throwing this down because if I take the time to do it properly I’ll probably never get round to posting it so apologies in advance).

    I am not a Nationalist, I’m a Socialist, just back from voting and I’ve put a great big kiss in the ‘Yes’ box for all the reasons you’ve mentioned.

    My big hope is that we do take control of our own future and that it’s a catalyst for change in the rest of the UK because as it stands it’s… well, ‘f*cked’ is as good a word as any.

    The other very positive thing to come from this, no matter which was the vote goes, is the sheer number of people who have engaged with it, it’s a victory for democracy either way. The perverse thing about it is that if the Yes vote wins there’s a possibility that the SNP could become a spent force, we could actually end up having more Tory MPs than pandas here again. I much prefer the pandas.

    Other sickeningly obvious thing has been the complicity (not that that was any great shock) of the big parties. I think I actually prefer David Cameron to Ed Miliband. Also looks like they’ve used Gordon Brown as the fall guy again, no surprises there either.

    It’s the first election in years where I actually voted for something I wanted, rather than just picking the least worst option – and that’s a good feeling.

    Another thing it’s all confirmed is that Leonard Cohen is a very wise man. 🙂

    1. Thanks very much, Lorraine.

      As I was saying to George in the chatroom earlier, you’d swear Labour have learned nothing from the Lib Dems and never want to be trusted by the electorate again. What are they playing at?

      It’s the first election in years where I actually voted for something I wanted, rather than just picking the least worst option – and that’s a good feeling.

      Says it all.

    2. Oh there’s no doubt Alistair Darling will be the fall guy. His failure in the second TV debate to point out the (known) risks and uncertainties allowed Alex Salmond off the hook. When Gordon Brown has to come prowling out of political purdah to do the PR, you know you have a problem.

      I would be more comfortable with the SNP if they admitted there was a hook. The point is you have to want Independence, hook and all, not pretend there isn’t one. Embrace the pain, Alex … it’s good for the soul.

      Of course any problems post-Independence have already been blamed on a bad attitude from the UK for not acting in the best interests of Scotland and the rest of the UK … hmmm.

    3. Oh there’s no doubt Alistair Darling will be the fall guy

      Can I refer you to the disclaimer that forms my second paragraph? 😀

      Gordon Brown being the one they got to make the last minute impassioned plea (with the Devo-max that call-me-Dave was so set against) as a last ditch bribery attempt. And it worked a treat. Just a shame that less than a day later (9 hours if you want to be exact, I know some people are sticklers for detail) Miliband decided it maybe wasn’t such a workable idea after all.

      1. But on the bright side, now both Tories and Labour can make this all about England instead.

        OK, so for those of us ‘Brits’ who aren’t in England, that’s not the bright side at all. It’s actually very, very dark. Oh well.

    4. I can assure you that any thought of some sort of regional or “English” devolution fills me with dismay. I have very little confidence in local government – it just adds tiers of administration at lower common denominator with fragmented accountability …

      Rightly or wrongly my problems with the Yes campaign were the costs and wrangling associated with separation – for the agenda to jump to “English” rights is a complete blind alley as far as I am concerned and plays far too much to this emerging ‘Ukip-isation’ of politics. I guess I’m a centralist at heart!

      I’m hoping (beyond hope) that this reinjection of the notion of debate into politics – I suspect that participation for a simple yes/no will not be replicated for the more thorny choice of ‘lesser than 2 evils’ – will encourage Labour to take a more assertive stance on principles of social justice etc. … It represents an opportunity to do so but we should also remember than the lesson of this campaign (and New Labour before it) is that the ‘principled’ (Lorraine) stances do not currently carry the majority, however well argued, of people who tend to put concerns of stability, status quo and evolutionary small steps ahead of radical policy stances.

  4. I think it is time for change in Britain, I have said all along we need to break away from London and probably the south of England and I’m speaking as a northern chappy. And yes, blame the Tories for what’s happening in Scotland, and blame the southern regions of England. And maybe in the future all regions will be able to take care of their own affairs. Wealth in this country is not dispersed evenly, I don’t begrudge anyone being wealthy if you have earned it but why the hell does anyone need millions and millions of pounds? Sit in your pile and know there are thousands if not millions of men women and children going without just the basics in life or getting a measly 7 quid an hour to live on.

    So yes, while I understand some of Scotland wanting Independence, there are those of us in England, Wales, and NI, who will watch with baited breath of the outcome, as I’m sure many many people south of Hadrian’s Wall would like some too please. In other words, do one London, we’re sick of you and the south getting all the funding, all the new roads, airports, and transport and jobs.


    P.S. Another wall built please, north of London.

  5. Interesting result. It wasn’t the landslide I expected at all. I guess I won’t be getting a new passport then. Enjoy your day, I’ll still be enjoying mine.

    1. Hard luck, mate. It was always going to be close and the turnout, although not quite as high as some were anticipating, was mightily impressive compared with all other elections in living memory. Scotland should be damned proud today for making such a good go of it.

    2. David Cameron says that he’s heard you and promised to change things for the better. Hold him to it. This isn’t the end, this is only the beginning.

  6. This blog post was a very interesting and informative read. Bravo and thank you.

    Not being aware of all the “tenants et aboutissants” (= “ins and outs”???) of the whole thing, not being Scottish, not being British, I would have felt very uncomfortable or even presumptuous yesterday to express an opinion on what would have been ‘better’ for the Scots. Up to them alone to decide.

    Scotland has voted ‘No’, has voted against ending its 307-year-old union with the UK (I now wonder why it took them 307 years to try to get independence???), but I admire the Scots for the quality of the ‘Yes’ campaign, for asking for independence without any violence, any revolution, for giving the rest of the world such a big lesson in democracy, civility (participation rate = 84.5 per cent, I think, isn’t it wonderful?). Bravo, Scotland!

    Also, ‘Could the Scottish vote awaken European democracy from its slumber?’ – I found this article very interesting.

    “The Scots turned out in huge numbers and peacefully chose to stay within the UK but by a slim margin. Their discourse represents an enormous challenge to Westminster to reform itself and bring the disenchanted back on board. Across Europe, it challenges traditional and established governmental institutions to address the way in which they function. For this we should all be thankful.”

    Thank you, Scotland!

  7. As I write this, we now know the outcome of the vote in Scotland. It chose to remain in the UK. Being American and as ignorant about these issues as most Americans, I will refrain from any commentary here. I simply cannot form an intelligent opinion, and therefore cannot chime in.

    But we have regions that would love to leave the union. There has been a movement for many years in Staten Island (a part of New York City, though you’d never know it) to become its own state. Puerto Rico has voted several times over the years and the outcome is that it remains a territory of the USA. There is a movement in North Dakota to become a sovereign nation of its own. These pockets have not broken away from the Union for one very good reason: the perception that there is mutual support from being part of a larger entity and that while there may be some benefit to independence, the benefits that come with being part of the US are bigger and better. We therefore have never had to face issues that Scotland faced in this push for its independence: which currency do you use? How are resources allocated? What is the impact on the rest of the Union? And so on. Here in the USA, our perspective on the Scottish vote has been about how it would affect us. Very self-centered, it seems to me.

    Anyway, it appears that the people of Scotland have made a choice. From where I sit, that is a great day no matter how you slice it.

    1. It’s fascinating, isn’t it? Shocking yet exciting at the same time.

      I was recently reading about those in Colorado who, last summer, wished to form their own state of North Colorado. I’ll only excuse yours if you’ll excuse mine, but I had absolutely no idea that pockets within so many US states were entertaining such ideas of breaking away (other than California, anyway). What an eye-opener.

      If anyone is interested in secession movements around the world, the Springtime of Nations blog is a good starting point.

    2. NewYorkDan,

      Don’t forget about Texas. Texas has been talking a long time about breaking away from the Union and becoming a sovereign nation. That talk was especially loud just before the Affordable Health Care Act took effect.


      As for Colorado, since marijuana has been legalized in that state, they have been living on their own cloud for some time now.


      1. As for Colorado, since marijuana has been legalized in that state, they have been living on their own cloud for some time now.

        :)) Brilliant.

  8. … as a foreigner I can’t really judge if the result is good or bad. Still it seems to me that it (re)activated a lot of people, which is good for “democracy” (if you can call that so).


  9. I voted for Independence and am gutted at result.

    We strive all our lives not to be dependent. We leave home/parents and learn to be strong yet at times seem bullied into “falling into line”. Take politics out of the equation and vote with hearts. Funny isn’t it, that with all technology around, votes are still counted by hardcopy and hand/eye. I live in the Highlands and we were last to be counted as road blocked.

    Hope all doing OK,


  10. The news of the day is that “Endless River” will come out on November 10. One song has lyrics by Polly Samson, but the rest of the 4 sides is musical.

    There is a 5-second sound snippet over at

  11. only now reading this blog and have had a chance to digest the result. now that i live in the states i’m one step removed from home.

    fed, thank you for writing a well thought out piece, friday i was down and saddened by the lack of courage from fellow scots, but now i am seeing stories of vote rigging and irregular practices. sour grapes from the 45% or is there truth in it? whatever happens it wont go away now.

    Alba Gu Brath.

    1. Thank you, Tony.

      There was a lot of scaremongering in the media. The BBC’s bias in its reporting was shocking, but then it has long been a mouthpiece for the British establishment.

      But then, I would say that.

  12. I have to say I’m glad we didn’t lose Scotland. I was worried about them being able to go it alone. Scotland has a population of about 5.25 million people, England has 53 million. Where I live in the West Midlands, the population is similar in number to that of Scotland. I don’t see any way the West Midlands could survive without the rest of the country.

    I wasn’t born in Scotland but my parents are Scottish and my ancestors were Scottish or Irish. I have always felt Scottish and have always had a healthy ‘hatred’ of ‘the English’. :)) I do of course mean that very tongue in cheek and mainly when it’s us against them in sporting events. When we compete as GB that’s different, it’s us against the world.

    Because of this vote, I had to examine myself to see if I truly was Scottish or not because I didn’t want Scotland to leave the Union.

    I’ve lived in England for the bigger part of my life but my family are very fiercely Scottish and clannish and my mother would kill me if I said I was English, my dad would roll in his grave.

    I’ve always wanted to return to live in Scotland but the years go by and as your family gets bigger there become too many to leave behind, they couldn’t all uproot to come with me and my parents became too old to move.

    Anyway, I thought Alex Salmond and the rest of the SNP were typical politicians, building their own career, filling their own pockets, destabilising Scotland in the process, then retire on a huge pension to somewhere warm and leave Scotland and its people in deep trouble for years to come. They might have sincerely believed what they said but I don’t think they could have thought it through (to be kind to them) properly.

    I was worried about whether or not I’d be able to claim Scottish citizenship and a passport, seeing as I wasn’t born there, if I did seek to return. I can’t be the only Scot around the world who wondered this.

    Apologies to Lorraine and our other Scottish bloggers who wanted independence. Maybe if I still lived there I’d think differently but right now I think Scotland would struggle on its own and I didn’t want to see that.


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