Friday, 18 April 2014

Scottish Independence - Courage, Cowardice or Stupidity?


The day is coming. The day is coming. I'll head to the polling station and what I choose to do WILL change my future. Our future. That may or may not be a good thing.

So what do we do? Do we stay governed by those we most certainly didn't vote for, knowing what they have done and continue to do to the UK?

Should we stay, when we have a chance to break free? Even if that means heading into the unknown?

Will we be left out in the cold? No monetary union, no EU membership. How do we begin to build our own currency? Who would help us? Who would be our allies?

Yet if we don't, is it cowardice? Will we become a joke? If we are perceived as weak, will we be punished for having ever had the audacity to consider going it alone?

There are so many unanswered questions and so many that are answered. Yet so many of those answers fall into the category of speculation or opinion. Expert opinion, yes. Yet opinion all the same.

I look on independence in the same way I look at a new business start up. There are no guarantees.

Even the best business models can fail, but they can also be successful. There are no guarantees.

So what do you do? Stay in the dead end job, or take the leap of faith?  What would you do? For you, for your family, and for your future?









*disclaimer - I'm not really a political animal by nature. I do not claim to know anything about politics. This is about the closest thing you'll get to a political opinion from me. It's extremely simplistic, if not entirely stupid. So if you've come here to start a political debate, I suggest you jog on. There is nothing of interest for you here!



14 comments:

exiledstar said...

I'm too far away to vote, but I'd vote yes if I could. Go Scotland!

Amanda Masters said...

I can't even imagine the though processes required to make such a monumental decision.
As you say, there are no guarantees.
I can only say, as an observer, if the Scottish people do decide to go ahead with independence, it probably wont be an immediate success overnight, too many variables need to be balanced, but over time, it would probably be an amazing success and this generations moment of glory.

Redpeffer said...

I'm not sure I should comment being a Scot living down South but I quite like the Devo Max idea as I do love a bit of compromise and balance.

BakedPotato Mummy said...

It really Is an exciting time of change. A huge decision for everybody to make xx
#PoCoLo

Aedín Collins said...

As an Irish girl, I say go jump off that cliff-its beyond scary but who knows what amazing future lies ahead for ye there?Just be mindful of who ye elect to govern-make sure they really do have your country's best interests at hearts not like the greedy, corrupt, dishonest feckers we have in charge!! #pocolo

Sonya Cisco said...

I have no idea what I would do if I was scottish! I want to declare my own independence- State of Cisco?!

Marilynn said...

Thanks. It truly is a monumental decision. I'm still trying to read as much as I can before I make a final choice. I can't begin to imagine how this might change our lives.

Marilynn said...

I think we definitely have all the ingredients to make it a success, my main worry is as always. Can the politicians be trusted to do everything that needs to be done to make it a success and not for their own agenda? If I was sure of that, I wouldn't hesitate to vote yes.

Marilynn said...

Of course you should comment! I'm assuming you may still have family here? I'm still looking at as much information as I can before I make any decision. Need to start a list of pros and cons. I fear it could be a long list!

Marilynn said...

It's definitely exciting. We'll be making history. It's a huge responsibility and it's absolutely terrifying. I want the best for my country, it's just hard when there is no certain way to tell what that is.

Marilynn said...

It's so tempting but you've really hit the nail on the head. My main worry is that our government won't be up to the job & that we'll just be replacing one lot of corrupt and dishonest politicians for another.

Marilynn said...

Couldn't we just form a clan or a tribe? Each member has to provide something and we are all equals? I can provide the alcohol if you bring the biscuits? How could it possibly go wrong?

Marilynn said...

Apologies everyone! My blog comments have gone a bit haywire! Hope to have it sorted soon. sorry!

Victoria Welton said...

I have to say (and this may get a bit of backlash), why can't we all be as one? Surely it's better the devil you know. I want us to be one big happy family! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo - lovely to see you. Hope to see you again on Friday x

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