Scottish Independence Vote, September 18th


June 24th will be the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.  On September 18th, there will be another battle.  A battle for something that hasn’t existed since 1707.  Will Scotland become an independent nation again.  There is no longer a Scottish monarch, but that is another matter.

I am an Anglophile, which is why I’m following this and why I care.  I’ve been Googling and reading about the possible effects if Scotland votes yes to independence.

Scottish Independence will not effect me, but it will effect people I know.  I didn’t think of this, but it will effect places, other than Scotland.

Well England, obviously, but as the largest “partner” in the United Kingdom, England on its own would still be a large country, on the level of France and Italy.

Other places that cannot vote on September 18th, 2014, will still be affected.  We are planning a trip to Ireland and Britain next year.  It makes it interesting on what the map will be like.

Scotland is a nation of five million people.  Will it help Scotland to be part of a larger European Union, with its own woes.  I’ve read articles about people in Wales and Cornwall wanting independence if Scotland votes yes.  Problem is, while a flag has fiber in it, it cannot be digested.

Throughout most of history, countries came and went.  For the majority of the population, poor peasants where life was brutish and short, the lord changed, but their lives may or may not have changed, depending on how cruel or kind the ruler was.

Now, it is citizens with a vote.  Sixteen year olds can vote.  I am going to be cranky now, but youth is wasted on the young.

I also read about Northern Ireland, because it was a place we considered visiting and I know people now, through the magic of the Internet.  Why would Northern Ireland be involved or care?

It’s not something I thought about, but here is one for you.  The Loyalist population is afraid about a Scottish independence vote.  Why?  If Scotland becomes independent and there is no longer a United Kingdom, what is a Loyalist loyal to?

Here are some links I found in my travels.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/11/scottish-independence-uda-ulster-loyalists-campaign

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/world/europe/scottish-independence-vote-cuts-england-wales-and-northern-ireland-out-of-the-equation.html?_r=0

http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/44530/northern-ireland-question-alex-salmonds-ticking-bomb

There are more, but you get the idea.

About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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