Although the Wizards are Jocks, it wouldn’t be fair to express a view on what should or shouldn’t happen, I for one understand both sides of the argument, Scotland is very pro European, England probably less so, Scotland’s priorities of its governments has seen a steady divergence from England and Wales in health and social care and in education, a child born in Scotland will receive a state funded education all the way to graduation, and when the chid ages they will be entitled to free comprehensive social care if its required. This is very different from the case south of the border where the privatisation of services sees citizens pay for almost everything, even the NHS, that thing that separates the UK from the savages beyond, is crumbling under the weight of demand, dental services are free to the very few, most people pay through their newly fixed teeth for the dentists ministrations, GP's want to introduce “appointment fees” and from there we are but a whisper away from a fully two tiered health service. The people of Scotland are simply not prepared to accept this, or so it would appear.
We would do well to remember that the UK is exactly that, a number of kingdoms united in practice but not necessarily for all of time, the last break up in the marriage was less than a century ago when most of Ireland went its merry way, no doubt the wee bit that stayed with us will head off to join its larger sibling in due course, whether we want it to or not, the principle of self determination is exactly that, the right of a group of people to determine their own futures and that means the English, Welsh, Irish, French, German, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, and every other nation with sons and daughters living in Scotland as well as those who are there by accident of birth, they will all of them have the right to express their opinion next week, everyone else, including the exiled Scottish diasporas must remain silent and see what they decide.
No matter what the outcome, on Friday the 19th the world will be a slightly different place, the union reduced or re-affirmed, for now, It is already clear that so many people intend to say “Yes”, this particular question is likely to be asked again in our lifetime if this time the answer is No.
There will be opportunities aplenty no matter which way the vote goes, lets hope we’re grown up enough to focus on those than the bitter recriminations that follow the loss of a heartfelt wish.
If had a vote, I’d vote for the right to have the education for my children and the care in my dotage that those north of the border already have, that’s what’s really important, not which flag flies over me.