Scotland: Giving the Finger or Wagging It
Today, libertyPell calls upon Easton B. F. Bull, host of Cocktails With WASPs, to guide us through tomorrow’s vote in Scotland.
On Thursday September 18, the voters among Scotland’s five plus million inhabitants will decide whether to become a separate country after more than 300 years of being united with England. With an economy larger than Alabama’s but smaller than Oregon’s the voters will decide whether to follow Alex Salmond, who would presumably become Prime Minister, or to stay “better together” with the rest of Great Britain (or the United Kingdom – there have been branding issues).
For most Americans, the pros and cons of Scotland as a separate country are irrelevant, but we look on with interest. For those closer at hand, the consequences are more significant.
Alex Salmond could ascend from First Minister to Prime Minister, a move to the top table of world leaders.
David Cameron, Prime Minister of whatever is left, risks sufficient embarrassment from a loss that he might have to resign.
Apart from the shame of being rejected by a good chunk of their country, the Tories stand to gain politically because most Scottish MPs are Labour and their votes would disappear.
The Royal Family might need visas to visit Balmoral in late summer.
Political consultants and pollsters have enjoyed an additional payday.
Big government finger waggers throughout the world are terrified that the vote will spark an Ebola virus of other countries whose regions seek to give them the finger on the way to divorce. Spain vs. Catalonia. Spain vs. Basque. Italy vs. Veneto. Belgium vs. Flemings or Walloons. China vs. Xinjiang (home of its Muslim Uighurs). You get the picture.
Is there an answer and what should we root for when we turn on the television on Thursday night?
Despite overwhelming evidence that big government finger waggers never learn anything, I prefer an outcome that sticks a finger in their eye by sending a signal in support of devolution. Shift all possible authority to the lowest level of governance.
If a part of your country wants to divorce you, it is sort of like a report card on your performance.
If about 52% voted no (Better Together) and 48% voted yes (Independence) with a near 100% turnout, the cleverest finger waggers might get the message.
Odds of hearing it? Low.
If the yes voters prevail, the odds of finger waggers throughout the world hearing them increase substantially.