In less than 2 days time Scotland will vote for independence from the rest of Britain, as an Englishman I have absolutely no say in this vote, despite the fact that whatever Scotland decides will effect my life completely. As an Englishman over the past 30/40 years I have come accustomed to powerlessness. To be a white male and english in a politically correct,
ethnically diverse society is to be the most despised of creatures. For we (WME) are to blame for all that is bad in this country if not the world. Any opinion we have can and is manipulated to sound sexist, racist, ageist and generally out of step with the new world order of things.
So it goes without saying i’m a big fat fool to even attempt to utter one word on Scottish Independence, but i will….
The first thing that struck me about the Scottish independence debate is that, not once have I heard the word racist used. I had absolutely no doubt that if this was England fighting for independence from the rest of the country, we (the English) would be branded crazy hate filled fascists for even coming up with the concept. Yet Scotland has time and time again in heated debates made it perfectly clear of what it thinks of us. Scotland may be now made up with many ethic strands, but they all rally around the flag of Scotland and enjoy a bit of English bashing even if it is most of the time good humoured. So this untouchable group the Scottish can talk about ridding themselves of their bonds with the English, Welsh and Irish, without a single cry of foul play from any of the politically correct groups that usually show up like a bad rash.
My second observation is how the grey men in power have totally misread this Scottish independence outcome. It looks on the surface that they never even believed that Scotland would really go through with it. Over the past few weeks we have seen all the great and the ‘good’ rushing over the border to do what they can to change the minds of those that may vote YES or try to redirect the ‘Don’t know’s’ towards a NO vote. The truth is it’s all to little to late. If Scotland does say no to social and cultural amputation then it will not be because of anything the much despised politicians said. Watching David Cameron virtually beg the Scottish not to leave the union last night was the most pathetic sight I’ve seen in a long time, an affront to all the people in the rest of the UK. To see the leader of the country virtually inter-mating that without Scotland the rest of the union will decline into obscurity left a bad taste in my mouth.
Much as I don’t want Scotland to leave, if they do decide to raise two fingers to the rest of us I for one say it’s better to know were we stand and move on. We can’t get all sentimental about the past and how much the split will cost us. If Scotland has no time for us then we must not spend another second worrying about them. We have our own country to heal we need to look forward and regain some pride in our country and stop feeling so darn guilty about everything. I’m sure if the Yes wins or even if it doesn’t Wales will be the next country to seek independence, which will be much closer to home for me as I’m half Welsh and rather proud of that.
What will really piss me off is if the divorce settlement goes on and on, over months and years, I can only see it descending into a pissing match between Scotland and Westminster. I really don’t see that the Scots have any right to the pound or a fast lane entrance to Nato or the EU, but once again I sure it will get exactly what it wants because lets face it, it’s not England is it.
It’s a real shame that it has come to this, I blame poor judgement on successive governments that have given the the Scottish a real axe to grind. That said as England becomes less and less important I’m sure many of our old enemies will take great delight in kicking us when we are down. Personally I really happen to love Scotland, I resonate deeply with the landscape, it’s traditional music and people, but hell what does that matter, I’m just a Englishman and as I intimated at the start no one gives a hoot what i think, do they.