My heart is in Scotland right now. Its beating hard, too. I’ll be up tonight in Toronto, Canada, while back home in my homeland my fellow Scots will wake up to answer yes or no to the question ‘should Scotland be an independent country?’.
My answer to that question is a resounding NO.
I am totally proud of my roots. I am proud to be born in Scotland. Even more so, I am proud to be a Highlander. I now live in Toronto, Canada. When people ask me where I am from, I say Strathspey (Speyside) – which is one of the most beautiful areas on the planet, and if you know your whisky, you know all about Speyside. Equally though, I am also proud to hold a British passport and to be part of the Union. I love the UK.
Pride only gets you so far. Common sense needs to kick in. Scotland has its problems as much as the UK has its problems. Separating will only cause more problems and no solutions. Greater devolution? Sure thing. But as a nation we are intertwined with the UK and firmly sewn together: culturally, geographically, politically, and in terms of really important things like defence, labour, movement, travel and economy.
Scotland has progressed and made a name on the world stage thanks largely to being part of the Union. In my eyes all of the truly great Scots have been pioneers who went out into the world and did something, and helped change the world for the better, be it through science or art. Alexander Graham Bell, John Logie Baird, Alexander Fleming, Andy Murray, Colin McRae, J.K. Rowling… and many more: all great Scots who went out into the world and did something great. That’s something to be proud of.
Greater devolution and more talk about how we can make our great wee country even better? Totally. Let’s move forward, not backwards, please.
Scotland has moved forward so much in the past 307 years by being part of the United Kingdom. Use your head. Drop the hate. Keep the faith.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
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