As The Scottish Independence Referendum vote hovers to within a breath away, I’m fascinated as a Celt by the reactions around the world and closer to home.
I’ve never known such interest in my country, nor been asked outright on my views. I say views, really there is only one question, ‘are you a yes or no vote?’
My answer has been ‘It’s not that simple.’ For me there is so much we can’t see, or we are absolutely not being told. There are deals, wheels in motion, contracts and goodness knows what ceilidhing around the political homes of many. Whatever the outcome I’m proud of a nation of people who speak up and say ‘do you know what? This is rubbish, we can do it better.’
In a way isn’t this what we all want for our own lives? To big our brave and stand up for what we believe in. If Mr Cameron and his Etonian besties were to be removed from the street of Downing and the cabinets of others I wouldn’t be sad. I don’t believe our politicians are doing us proud, their best is not mine; I am disappointed in what politics has become.
There is no soul to it, no intelligence, nor entrepreneurialism; it is without conscience. Poverty, health inequalities, crime, rape, domestic violence, challenged education, fiscal integrity are at an all time low and yet there is so much light, so much positive change afoot it is time to start talking about this.
It is time for new thinkers. Our world is not what it once was, our systems are no longer correct for the way in which we live. There is potential for us all to thrive; for pay, educational, health and housing gaps to decrease; for board rooms to be equally balanced with women in power, leadership and creative deliverance from this male approach which no longer works. For this and the next generations to wield new thinking.
Ours is a time of great pain, yes, but it is also a quick moving tipping point. We know the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and achieving the same results, tomorrow is about breaking this habit and shifting for change. Scotland is a wobbly-legged foal standing up for the first time, finding its feet and sensing the support of its mother in her inhabitants and family.
It saddens me to think we as the UK can’t make it work, but equally if you’ve been in an abusive relationship with your lover for umpteen years and you break it off only to discover they’ve moved right next door, I’m not sure this is a good outcome either. There are positives to all options; it is about whether we can progress together or not. Our small islands are steeped in challenge, battle and blood. It’s not so long since the blood shed held itself at bay, but history has not been kind to any of our Celts, Scottish, Welsh or Irish. There is more to the Wallace cry of Freedom than we can understand, it is arguably in the DNA of some people, freedom will always be sought, independence demanded and adventures secured. If I had children I would want to bring them up to understand these values and I would expect no less of the people who took responsibility to nurture and advocate for my interests., my country Is this not a better way to describe a government? To speak of people who ‘run’ a country is antiquated and ego driven. To converse with a team of great thinkers, strategist and producers of change, these are the people I would stand beside. Scotland like a mentor or motivator is looking into the wounds of its people, staring capitalism in the face, telling the parliamentary chorus boys things are not right and I’m very proud of this.
There is so much more to this I know, but as a Celt living in London without the capacity to vote it does leave me wondering about all our futures. If any house divides there are challenges, equally a new approach can be a breath of fresh air and with only a few breathes away till x marks the spot, we’ll see what the new brings and whether we are stronger living together, or living together apart.
A little extra…
People often think their humour is bewitching when it comes to questions about Scotland, here are a few things I’ll tell you for free and perhaps some people might think twice before asking ‘Why do Scotland want to go it alone?’ There truly is so much more to the country than some people understand.
• No I haven’t ever eaten a deep fried mars bar
• No I don’t know who actually invented them
• No I don’t live on Irn Bru (this is a soda drink for those who haven’t met the orange beast and yes I said orange)
• Yes I have a tartan in fact we have a couple as we don’t all come from one single clan
• No, not all men go bare bottomed under a kilt and yes it is rude to check
• Yes I can dance jigs and reels no I don’t do this at home all the time
• Yes I can speak other languages
• No, Gaelic alas isn’t one of them, although I’d love to be fluent
• No we don’t all say och aye the noo. All. The. Time
• Yes I was educated in Scotland, our education systems are fantastic and yes I am a successful product of that system.
• Yes I’m sure I’m from Scotland, this is what some of our regional accents sound like
• Nope, English people are not beaten up in Glasgow just for being English.
• If you act like a prejudiced racist numpty then no I can’t guarantee the fiery souls of a Celt or two won’t advise you of their emotion at that point in time
There are too many achievements, discoveries and inventions to list of Scotland and her inhabitants, across all industries however here are a few:
• The bicycle
• Universal Standard Time
• Field Intelligence
• US Navy
• The first purpose built portrait gallery
• Characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Peter Pan