I have been disengaged from the issues of Scottish independence. I don’t feel Scottish having lived most of my life in the south of England. I don’t see myself as a particularly political animal.
I now find myself swinging wildly in two directions.
I think that the United Kingdom is an amazing place with characteristics and attitudes that not only made us a huge positive influence on the world in the past, but could do in the future. The ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment and Scottish engineering prowess played a large part in that success. Splitting off Scotland makes us less than the sum of the parts.
On the other hand those in power in London have become complacent and increasingly ineffective in dealing with the significant challenges we face. Westminster politicians from the main parties have become indistinguishable from each other, and people are disengaging from the electoral process. Bankers have staggered us with their hubris and the ongoing march of multinational, bland, corporatism sucks the life blood out of too many of our good people.
The desire for Scottish independence is either foolhardy or brave and I really can’t make my mind up. I worry that a lot of the energy behind it is jingoistic and naive, and I would want the vote to be no – but by a narrow margin. My hope is that it shakes things up, gives people throughout the UK a sense of their ability to change their lives, and gives those currently in power a bloody nose.