Scotland Divided By The Upcoming Independence Vote
They’ve been together for more than 300 years, but for many proud Scots, their relationship with the English has run its course. This report brings you the mood on the ground, less than 6 weeks before the vote.
“Think of Scotland as the wife who’s been taken for granted”, urges performer and independence campaigner, Alan Bissett. “But what’s happened is that the husband (England) just says, ‘You’re fat, you’re ugly, nobody would fancy you'”. Like any long-term relationship, calling it quits isn’t easy.
Domestic affairs have become deeply tangled, and assumptions about who pays for what have evolved into complex equations. For the ‘Better Together’ campaign, warning of the likely repercussions of ignoring these complexities has earned them the unflattering label, ‘Project Fear’. Scots have been told to expect higher taxes, currency transaction costs, and a weakened position in the international community. But for many here, dissatisfaction with Westminster politics runs deep.
“I don’t think it’s a very healthy society in the way that it’s developing”, explains Shetland farmer Ronnie Eunson. At present, the polls are against him. But as the gap between the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ lobbies steadily narrows, the conversation about Scotland’s future, and that of the UK, is getting ever louder.
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