Have been chatting with the Scots in my circle of friends, and it looks like they’re going to go with Independence. This has been building for a while…apparently the whole ‘We’d rather govern ourselves‘ thing isn’t a new concept up north.
The curious thing is that not so long ago I agreed with the pundits who seemed to believe that at the last minute those more inclined to tradition would scurry back over to the side of staying in the UK. It seemed only practical.
What happened exactly? Between then and now?
Well, it seems the folk responsible for convincing the Scottish to vote to stay in the UK have chosen a rather curious tactic. The Better Together campaign are employing a mix of scare tactics and condescending rhetoric that’s supposed to freak out Scottish voters.
Just in the last few days, the news has been a mix of:
Well, if you vote for Independence, you can’t continue using the Pound Sterling as your currency.
Oh, and joining the EU isn’t going to be as easy as you think.
And anyway, hasn’t it always been better when we’ve all stayed together.
Behave now and vote for the security that we’ve been providing you all along.
With just the right amount of fear mongering and condescension, it seems the people who wanted to keep Scotland in the fold have instead ushered them out the door.