Well, now that the dust has finally settled over the small matter of Scotland's independence, I thought I'd share a few thoughts on the subject.
- A question - was the vote in favour of independence lower than expected because a number of Scots were confused by the absence of 'Aye' as a voting option?
- There's a part of me that is glad that I won't have to worry about the Pounds to Poonds exchange rate every time I venture north of the border.
- I very much liked Jason Manford's comment posted on the eve of the vote: Just had a bottle of Irn Bru, a Tunnocks teacake and a Scotch egg. Just before they end up on the foreign food aisle at Tesco!
Personally, I think it is a testament to level-headedness of the people of Scotland and to the people of the United Kingdom as a whole that, firstly, a portion of this nation's population can be given the opportunity to decide whether or not they remain part of a larger state, and secondly, that a decision can be reached without violence.
We only need to look back to the bloody and traumatic break-up of the former Yugoslavia to see how badly these things can turn out. I for one am thankful that we were able to let the question be asked, and the answer heard, without it resulting in the sort of chaos and bloodshed we saw in the Balkans.
Of course, this does mean that the highly secretive work of the The Jacobite Solution (see previous post on 10th September) is no longer necessary.