There are only a few days left before 97% of those who are eligible to vote in the Scottish Referendum cast their votes. I’m one of the 3% who didn’t register. I grew up in Northern Ireland during the 1980’s and by the time I became old enough to vote I had already decided not to bother, inspired by the words of Billy Connolly – “Don’t vote, it encourages them !”. However, a couple of days ago my blood was boiling enough that I decided that I should register. Unfortunately, I was too late.
I have lived in Scotland for almost a decade now. I have a Scottish wife, and family and friends from all over these islands. I even work for an English company, and I’m very happy to do so. There are loads of reasons to be a happy citizen of the U.K. – none of which have been celebrated by the Better Together tribe. To me, their whole campaign has been completely bizarre. I mean, they could have been singing “Hey Jude” and showing us footage from the Olympics, or blaring out Winston Churchill’s greatest speeches over a UK Garage beat. Instead, they have attempted to inspire us via the words of banks and supermarkets. What ?! Did I miss a meeting ? Are these the same banks that we’ve been blaming all our woes on for years now ? ( Yes. ). Are these the same supermarkets that have helped to kill off our High Streets and small businesses ? ( Yes. ).
However, the straw that broke this camel was the following video. Aimed at undecided Scottish housewives who are just too busy to think ( Blood boiling…. ), “I mean, there’s only so many hours in the day.” ( Teeth clenched…);
So, that was the end of the “No Thanks” campaign for me. I mean, would you want her to sit beside you on the bus ? What if you fell on the street in front of her ? I mean, if she’s too busy to make up her mind about the future of the entire country, what chance have you got lying there with your fractured pelvis ?
In stark contrast to all of the above nonsense, the Yes campaign has went from strength to strength. Apart from having the most positive word of all on their side, they seem youthful, vibrant, inspired and very well connected – thanks to the internet.
The Scotland that I love is full of humour and positivity. If ever I have a bad day it’s usually been down to a chance encounter with a “Though shalt not” type, with a face that could curdle milk. There are plenty of people like that around, but now – thankfully, it suddenly seems like the happy people are taking over.
I really hope that Scotland decides to say Yes to independence. Tradition and conservatism seem to be being replaced by a love of change. People are becoming much too well informed to live in fear. Change is life’s one true constant – the one thing you can rely on. Keep smiling and get ready to embrace the future;
Until next time,
Stephen Michael Clarke