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Scottish Independence Ballot Paper

I’ve never written about politics in 14 years of this blog but thought tonight would be a good time to wade in, while snotty and half delirious with a cold. Next Thursday September 18 is the Scottish Independence Referendum.

I don’t know how much chat is happening outside the UK, so to summarise: we will be voting Yes or No to the question, “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

I’ve never spent so much bloody time pondering a question. I’ve debated with strangers. I have asked learned friends for detailed explanations of their views. I’ve scoured the internet for neutral, solid facts and figures and they are not easy to come by. There are moments when I feel like this is a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, then others I cannot get my head around the implications and practicalities and the feeling that as much as I truly love my adopted country, I like being part of the United Kingdom too.

And then my brain swells in confusion and I start to ask totally frivolous questions like:

  • What would happen to my precious Pact Coffee subscription? Would I get charged international shipping?
  • Would we be restricted to River City and Reporting Scotland (snooze) or would they let us watch the proper BBC with the full suite of Scandinavian crime dramas?
  • What would the top level domain be? Answer: dot scot. Not dot jock as Gareth hoped.

Anyway, I need to get my postal vote in post haste. I’d requested one because I got confused and thought the 18th was the Wednesday, when I’ll be on a train coming back from England. Right now I’m procrastifaffing and admiring the stark simplicity of the ballot paper.

If you would like a good and hilarious summary of what’s going on, check out Charlie Brooker – David Cameron can’t help the No campaign – he’s less popular in Scotland than Windows 8.

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24 thoughts on “Scotland dot jock

  1. As an outsider, I am interested and excited to see what happens! And I can definitely understand the seemingly futile hunt for neutral information, especially in a situation where there would, I assume, be a lot of speculating.

  2. Most people I know are watching what is happening in your country very closely. The Canadian province where I live, Quebec, is similar to Scotland in many ways. Although a couple million more people live here, we had the same type of referendum almost 20 years ago and about 35 years ago. We’ve stayed in Canada… so far. The last time the turnout was very high and results were 49.4% to separate and 50.6% to stay. Every vote does count! And to this day there are still hard feelings on both sides and the separation issue is ever-present.

    Glad you are taking the time to be an informed voter. Good luck with your decision!

  3. I admit, I’m kind of hoping you guys do vote to go it alone, just because it makes me feel that the world really might — just might! — be turning into a more civilized place when a country can accomplish through peaceful ballot-based means what it took guns and bloodshed to gain in the US. We shot at people to gain independence. You guys can do it quietly, calmly, and without even breaking a nail. I hope you do, just because it would imply that we now live in a saner world. 🙂

    Anyhow, I’m sure things will work out in the end whichever decision is made.

  4. I would say that well-informed Americans know about the referendum next week. That will be really weird if Scotland pulls out of the UK! I’m fascinated to see what the ballot looks like. They cut straight to the chase, huh?

    1. Hey Julie, they word them as simply and straight to the point as possible — when the Quebec referendum was going on here, they had to re-word it a few times because it’s all a matter of interpretation! But, this is the quickest cut-and-dry one I’ve seen! LOL

  5. As I wrote in my very silly blog post I’m confused too so it is just as well I don’t have a vote. If I lived in Scotland I think I’d vote yes but as someone living in England I feel that it will be to our disadvantage if you leave us (…and don’t think we haven’t noticed your sudden interest in Norway!)

  6. Watching closely. A really difficult choice. Do love the ballot paper though – there’s something beautifully minimalist about it.

  7. Its absolutely FASCINATING!
    Mr P is a No (mostly for dull economic reasons I don’t understand) and I’m a Yes (because yes to sovereignty in all things).
    We’ll be watching the referendum.

  8. Thanks for posting a picture of the ballot, I was really curious as to what it looked like. I’m watching closely from the US, the vote has been getting decent coverage on public radio and public television but not so much on commercial television.

  9. Another American here who is fascinated by this referendum. Don’t feel knowledgeable enough to advise – the possible ramifications of independence on your government and economy are mind boggling – but go with your gut instincts. Good luck!

  10. Also in Canada and yes, Quebec had a referendum which was pretty damn close. Instead, a ‘distinct society’ was granted, whatever that means… (I’m not dissing Quebec, my family is from there as well, I grew up 5 mins from ‘the border’….)

    But, as an indigenous person in Canada, I’m glad they did not separate. Already we are the lowest class of people here and to have even more of our lands severed, would have been devastating!

    Instead, I like promoting a third option…. Yes…. No… And, “Agree to live alongside one-another” — when the Dutch came over to the states (the mohawks actually go over both borders traditionally, they actually sat down and spoke with the indigenous folks and asked, “How can we make this work?” They went with what is described as a ‘two-vessel’ approach — signified visually by a wampum belt which is a dark blue/purple and two white lines, running parallel to one another. Like to canoes/boats in a river, you can share the river while keeping to your own path but acknowledging and respecting, others use the land.

    The Scots are very much in the same boat as the indigenous… .you just have to see the UK as someone in another boat…. you can still share things, you just instead make up your own rules to be governed by…

  11. I’m fascinated by the referendum, as an American who has lived in England, traveled through beautiful Scotland and most of my ancestry is fr

  12. The vote is getting a lot of media attention here, actually. I don’t envy you the responsibility of making this choice — it’s a tough one. But I trust that you, you clever girl you, are taking it very seriously. Some crazy people are comparing the situation to Texas, which has some little clause in its agreement with the United States which would allow it to secede. That said, there’s never been a serious effort or vote, though there are some weirdos who take it seriously. It’s hard to imagine a Scotland that’s not part of the United Kingdom, but, then again, if anyone could pull it off, the Scots could. Gritting my teeth over here awaiting the results!

  13. Thanks for posting your thoughts. We’re watching it closely here in the US! It’s a top story this week. I have roots in Scotland, and I can’t wait to see how the vote turns out. I have no idea how I would vote, or how my great-grandmama of Clan Cameron would have voted.

  14. I’m reading this in Australia on voting day and the ABC is on Scotland watch. We’ve had every argument from different Scots over the course of the last week. It strikes me as a question that I would have a lot of difficulty coming to a decision. So many good reasons to vote either way. I hope you make the right decision. Good luck!

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