I’ve listened to both sides of the argument and tried to think carefully about this topic. on one hand, being British means being part of those isles and their history and heritage, even though I live and work in France and have taken French nationality. People still view me as English, even though I’ve lived in France for over a decade, and had French nationality for 5 years.
So on one hand, British culture is open, welcoming, we received those refugees escaping war in the second world war and after Vietnam, as well as those seeking asylum from oppressive regimes. On the other hand, we seek to preserve our nationality, seeking the unity of our political body, refusing local or even immigrant identities, religions, cultures or languages. We force people who want to become citizens to pass a citizenship test, and then refuse to let them integrate, forcing them into ghettos of people from similar backgrounds. Nationalism doesn’t offer quick fixes to complex problems, despite its shiny veneer, rather it is the road to excess and chest beating, and differentiation, forgetting we are all humans.
Tomorrow the Scots get to vote to stay in the UK or to form an independent country.
Bundles of sticks are always stronger than single ones. They should stay, and address those problems that need addressing inside the union rather than forcing 10 years of upheaval on both themselves and the rUK.
Scottish nationalists dangle the carrot of a better tomorrow and a better state, where milk and honey will flow and everyone will be in clover, when the reality will be vastly different.
Scottish nationalists have left too many questions half answered or unanswered instead of providing a quality argument, they have relied on puffed out chest nationalism. The vote, with its echos of Bannockburn and images of giving those English a bloody nose is just divisive and will cause sectarian violence to sprout from those fertile grounds walked on by the Orangemen in Edinburgh this week.
We don’t know what currency they’ll use, who will be their head of state, or even what language they’ll be using officially. Whilst Westminster politics isn’t fantastic, Scotland isn’t the only part of the UK to think that. Large parts of Northern Britain think that too, along with others from the East, West and South. The problem isn’t so much one of wanting a better country, rather than wanting better politicians.