And so it came to pass that the Scottish would have a referendum. Three hundred & five years after the Act of Union and the Scottish get a chance to escape from the grasp of the “evil” English.
I admit that that there are potential major benefits from the breakup of the United Kingdom, and if Scotland wants independence, then I’m fully in favour of them getting the opportunity. It is their Democratic right to vote that way.
Having said that, I really hope it doesn’t happen.
I’m a bit of a traditionalist when all is said and done. Whether it has merit or not, I generally tend to hold to the theory that if something has been in place for hundreds of years (Union, Monarchy, etc) then there’s a reason for that and it should continue.
It’s a complete game changer if the Scottish leave, and let’s be honest, it’s effectively the start of the end. If they go, the Welsh will want to go next. It’s a precedence, and an unnerving one at that.
One type of person mind, that would majorly benefit from the breakup would be flag makers. I never really imagined that it’s a high profit industry, but think of the money made if they ended up having to completely replace ALL the Union Jacks.
I did wonder what the alternative might be. Here’s a few suggestions:
1) Keep the Union Jack – Well, why not? The blue would not be relevant, but it would make life a lot easier. And it IS a pretty flag after all.
2) Give the Welsh their due and let their national colour replace the Scottish. Again, not a terrible idea, but if you think about it, the flag would have a certain blood like quality!
3) Welcome the Irish back – Well why not? I mean, the economy is screwed, maybe a merger would be a good way around this…
4) Sod them all – In the end of the day, England was & is the majority holder. We could just have one obvious solution!
There’s many options, but which is the correct one? Answers on a postcard please…