Scottish Independence Referendum In September 2014 Fills Me With Dread. I Fear The Worst.
by Anura Guruge
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I have been consciously trying NOT to think about this “Scottish Independence Referendum“, on Thursday, September 18, 2014, just in Scotland, because I get a sinking feeling in my stomach when I do — followed by knots therein. Despite the polls I dread that this Referendum will pass and my beloved United Kingdom will be mortally harmed. Reminds me, always with a shudder, the hugely disastrous ‘Partition of India‘ in August of 1947 that begat Pakistan and then later Bangladesh. That was another cynical (irresponsible) by British politicians (and we won’t even think about Palestine). A simple majority, with the electorate extended to include 16 year olds, with no voter turnout requirements, can carry this BINDING referendum — though both parliaments, British and Scottish, have to then negotiate as to how Scotland will become independent. But, from what I can see, the deal is that if the Scottish people, via this referendum, say that, via a simple majority, that they want OUT — they will get OUT, damn the consequences.
Yes, I know that a lot of influential folks, J.K. Rowling’s of “Harry Potter” fame for one, are urging Scots to vote “NO“. But, as an adopted Scot — though that does not, from what I see, make me eligible for Scottish citizenship — I also know the Scots. They love their little larks and I can see this referendum getting carried, as a “YES”, on a lark! And that is what bothers and scares me the most. [I am sure that I could get Scottish citizenship IF I really wanted it but I am not sure if I would.]
From what I can see the EU status is unknown — as it should be. I don’t think an independent Scotland should get immediate membership! They should have to wait their turn like the others. This creates a fascinating and at the same time very depressing scenario — you would need a passport to go from England to Scotland. Oh, DEAR!
This really distresses me. I really had managed to put this out of mind for a long time until I stumbled across an ‘Al Jazeera’ channel documentary called ‘Scotland the Brave?‘ earlier last week just ahead of our 3-day trip to Acadia. It was being repeated a couple of times and I recorded it. I watched about 40 minutes of it yesterday morning while having coffee. That is what prompted this post. Good documentary. I am beginning to realize that they do good documentaries. Not much I can add from here. It seems very wrong to me. Talking about breaking something that isn’t totally broken.