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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Caledonia Dreaming



...or at least I am unless there is some radical revelation about the future of an independent Scotland that puts me off the idea. Right now I can't see how we could possibly be significantly worse off in the long term. Alex Salmond says his dream is of a "Nordic" Scotland, which would suit me fine. A high tax / high service social democracy up here while England degenerates into an isolationist, Europhobic neoconservative hell-hole? Bring it on.

Of course what I'd really like is a Republican socialist Scotland, but provided we don't have to suffer Charles III for very long I can probably thole the continuation of the monarchy. And where I'm blogging right now (Ballater in Aberdeenshire) I doubt there would be much enthusiasm for a republic: the royal family are a local fixture (the Queen's holiday home at Balmoral is about eight miles up the road, Charles has a house just outside the village, and every other shop has a big "By Appointment" badge outside (signifying preferred royal supplier status).

Maybe we should really set the cat among the pigeons and restore the Stuart monarchy in Scotland. They were, after all, perfectly good kings and queens of Scotland before James VI was persuaded to take the English throne as well, after which it all went tits up as the English tail wagged the Scottish lion.

Meanwhile, back at the republic....I hadn't heard this song for a very long time until I found it a few minutes ago. SNP campaign songs from the 1960s are great fun.

4 Comments:

At 27 March, 2013 16:37, Blogger Eddie Louise said...

I'm currently having a great deal of fun writing speculative fiction which envisions a world where there was no Union of the Crowns nor or Parliament, and the colonies of the Americas did not rebel (because Scottish tax policy before the Union was more level headed than English tax policy so therefor no need for rebellion). Imagining the effect of Scottish policy (education entitlement etc) on a nascent America is really quite fun.

The book is Steampunk, set in this alternate world in the 1890s. The Enlightenment is still in full flower, so the Industrial Revolution is a kinder, more thoughtful process, as progress is tied to philosophy. The Clans were never crushed, so the system was exported to the states as well, and the political landscape is vastly different than what our history contains.

James IV is held up as the shining example of education and discovery, champion of the arts and sciences. His travails with Henry VIII as the wake-up call that insured Scotland never entangled themselves with the English.

It is great fun, taking the writings of the Stuarts, the philosophies of the Enlightenment, the advances of Scottish science and imagining how they might have affected the world if not for the complications of English politics.

I am watching the YES campaign with great interest and am offering my support from across the water!

 
At 27 March, 2013 17:37, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Well, good luck. Is it only up to Scotland to say we want to go, or does the whole of the UK have to also vote on it?

 
At 28 March, 2013 04:09, Blogger Rob said...

Just Scotland, Joe.

 
At 28 March, 2013 04:10, Blogger Rob said...

Eddie - sounds fun, and I look forward to reading it!

 

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