Well, just in case you hadn’t heard, Scotland voted No to independence yesterday. I didn’t publish what I thought before because I wanted to not involve myself in local politics. However, since the vote has passed, I thought I could post what I thought.
First off, if I had been able to vote, I would have voted Yes for several reasons:
- For the past 400 years or so, the Scottish people have wanted to be free from their English oppressors. Now, today it isn’t really like that; however, the past would have swayed my vote.
- The economic implications wouldn’t have played into my vote at all. It would have worked itself out in the end.
- The amount of journalism talking about problems, companies talking about pulling out, etc… was nothing but fear-mongering on the part of the no campaign.
- Even thought it wasn’t meant this way, the feelings of “You [Scotland] can’t do it alone” and “Better Together” still harken back to the fact that someone else knows best for the Scottish people. It is sort of like someone saying “it can’t be done” or “I know what’s best.” That’s ok in the case of kids, but not a country or grownups.
Here’s a couple of pictures. The first is some Yes flags. I’d like to get one of these…I think it would be a neat momento of history. The second is a map of how the vote broke down across Scotland. Click them for larger copies on Flickr.