First off, my Grandparents were Scottish and my mother was Scottish. I am therefore half Scottish - often reminded by a middle name of Wallace, but that’s almost beside the point.
I love the countryside and the whole romance of the area, in addition to the history of invention, exploration, culture, finance and politics that have occurred since the Union.
The Scottish involvement through the industrial revolution changed the world forever.
The history remains indelible but the future is uncertain.
Revolution or evolution
Society evolves and changes are needed. The question is always how best to affect those changes: revolution or evolution?
A YES vote is revolution with all the uncertainties that it brings. I have failed to understand how independence is going to provide the funding to accomplish what the revolutionaries want. It won’t come cheap that’s for sure.
Scotland already has many ideas on how best to spend their money, such as free higher education and much more per person on the NHS than we do in the south.
We all need more, but where does that “more” come from?
Also to vote YES means a great leap into the romantic turmoil of uncertainty on currency, EU, oil revenues, NATO, world financial markets and lack of control over budgets. Just look what’s happened in Europe, with Greece being dictated to by Germany.
The referendum has given the UK and many parts of the world a wake up call. I’d like everyone to work together to improve the political environment, which means leaving much-loved Scotland within the UK.
What are your thoughts?