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Bit of politics there, my name's...

September 18th, 2014 (06:54 pm)

...well, not Ben Elton, obviously.

I don't normally post much about politics. Don't get me wrong - I have some very firm political opinions, not just on party politics but on a wide range of issues - but I normally steer clear of it on here (apart from the occasional meme), because I don't really regard this blog as being primarily about politics - it's more a happy fandom place for me, with occasional "this is what I've been doing today" posts (largely to help me remember what I was doing when I come to write up my diary).

But, it's kind of difficult to miss the current Scottish referendum on independence - will Scotland continue to be a part of the United Kingdom, or will they become a separate independent political entity?

I don't pretend to know the full implications of what a "yes" vote will entail (for those who aren't aware, it's "yes" for independence and "no" for staying in the UK). For example, we have a couple of friends who currently live in Scotland, but are from England. If Scotland becomes independent, will they suddenly become technically immigrants and therefore have their legal status changed? Will I need to use a passport to visit them? Don't know.

I do have a very strong opinion on the issue of Scottish independence, which is that I'd rather it didn't happen. Not that my opinion counts for much - I'm not Scottish, I don't live in Scotland, but that doesn't stop me having an opinion.

There are a couple of reasons for my opinion. Firstly, a point of principle. I'm very much an advocate of internationalism - possibly to a more extreme degree than some. I don't really think that national borders do us any good whatsoever for the most part, and would really rather they were done away with. Whilst I acknowledge that there would be logistical issues with any attempt at forming any kind of single government for the world, I think it's better to try to head in that direction, for the human race to put aside its petty differences and learn to get on as one. Yes, I'm an idealist - but as ideals go, it seems to be quite a good one. Which is why, even though there are issues with the EU, I think a united Europe is fundamentally a better idea than a...well, a non-united Europe. And it seems to be rather contradictory for me to endorse that vision on a global scale, and yet to support Scotland suddenly separating from the rest of the UK.

Also, there's I'll admit a selfish aspect to it. I've heard it said - and I don't know how true this is - that Scotland's influence on national politics could be enough to prevent the UK from having eternal Conservative rule. As I say - I don't know how true that is, but if it is true, then good grief, I want at least a chance to be able to boot Cameron out of office next spring, and if Scotland leaving the UK will prevent that - or at least profoundly damage the chances of it happening - then, given the hash he's made of the last four years (thank you for virtually destroying the NHS...), that would worry me greatly.

So. Yeah. Opinion, I haz one. Just wanted to get this off my chest.

If you're in Scotland but haven't yet voted, please go and do so. And vote with your heart - don't let my opinions sway you one way or another. In the words of Obi Wan Kenobi - you must do what you believe is right.

That concludes my "weighing in on today's big political issue" post...


Posted by: Heidi (welshgirl15)
Posted at: September 18th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)

If Scotland vote yes it would be terrible for Labor and Conservatives would (if past elections are anything to go by at least) pull a big lead a head of them. Possibly get a straight out majority? I'm not sure on the numbers but I do know Labor will be hit badly.

I'm with you, I personally hope that Scotland go for no. There's been a lot of talk about if Scotland go yes, what will happen to Wales and everyone here thinks it's a terrible idea (I think the top poll I've read was 7% would want Wales to be independent as well).

I know we are in a different situation, but the amount of reliance Scotland has on the rest of the UK (particularly London) I personally think it would be a terrible idea.

It'll be an interesting result at least, with the polls all being rather close

Posted by: Alexandra Needham (fiwen1010)
Posted at: September 19th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)

It has been pointed out that Blair would have won even without the Scottish seats.

At this stage, I'm just sick of it. Scotland aren't actually that hard done by compared to the other regions, and I wish they'd recognised that and joined with the rest of us to say 'hey, London, stop screwing the rest of us over' rather than going 'screw you lot, we're doing our own thing'. They didn't go, but they also didn't stay in a way that helps anyone but themselves. The powers that were pushing for Scottish independence had a lot more in common with London than they do with the regions that are genuinely struggling with the imbalance of power and funding. At least it has lit calls for greater regional powers in Yorkshire - where we're only half joking, and would genuinely win at sports if we were independent.

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