If someone asks my ancestry as in who came over on the boat to make me a part of this country known as the USA, I do have to shrug my shoulders a little. I consider myself a Celtic/Northwestern European mongrel. German, Norman, Saxton, Welsh, Dutch and Brit (Biological grandfather was named Bowman) and other assorted off shots of Barbarians that tried to conquer Rome. I do however have an affinity for bagpipe music which while I can’t verify, it is said only Scotsman can appreciate the bagpipes. So who knows?
Recently I saw the news that Scotland was going to try for independence but I am not so sure that is what they were trying for. If there is anything I can say looking at Scottish history it is that they have not always been independent but thy have always sought to be treated with respect. I don’t know the biggest thing you could say for this latest move is that it may have simply been the Scots standing up and saying to the rest of the United Kingdom – how valuable are we to you?
Honestly, Looking at what the new, never happened government of Scotland was proposing I could see failure written all over it. First you are proposing a very socialist economy without and real support other than to tax your citizens into oblivion I think it would have forced a change inside said government in less that five years as without the support of the British economy, this would have collapsed. There view on defense was lousy too. Let’s just get rid of all the nukes and sit here and hope no one bothers us. Sorry this is a good way to get invaded. Just ask all those Neutral countries that got swallowed up in WW2 by the Nazis.
The real problem was that the new proposed government gave Scots a country of their own independent of Britain but it did not give Scots any more personal freedom or independence. The fact is the grass was not greener when it came to this proposal and if anything the new proposed government made the lawn look kind of dry and ‘we have done this before.’
I will tell you what would have worked for me and my Celtic blood. Tell me that when Scotland is independent it is going to concentrate on the things Government should concentrate on. Defense, a solid justice system and protecting my rights and the rest it is going to leave to the freedom of the individual citizen and the private sector to work out for themselves. I would have seriously though of changing my citizenship and becoming Scottish. Unfortunately the government was proposing much of the opposite of this and I am going to say this is why they lost.
Scots don’t just want an independent Scotland. They want personal independence as well and until people figure that out, they are content to just be a part of Britain until another William Wallace rises up to give it to them.