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Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Scotland: I want you to stay but I understand why you've had enough
I adore Scotland and its people. Not just the ones I've met at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but during the weeks in Glasgow with the play M Butterfly at the Kings Theatre.
The theatre crew looked after us and were so delightful, funny and hospitable, getting us drunk every night and refusing to let us go back to our lonely digs without a skinful. We got to know the bars of Sauchiehall Street intimately. They were rightly proud that they'd held the longest ever theatre strike and won. I have very happy memories of their sharp wits and general smarts in a way that often makes the English look flabby. And they have proper landscape!
I really want them to stay as I'm terrified of the Tories being given a Third Reich in what remains of the UK.
However … I understand why they might want to go it alone. They were the ones who got the Poll Tax first, courtesy of the Tories, and weren't they tried out with the tuition fees by Labour before they were dumped on the rest of us? You can't treat people like a colonial outpost and then complain when they've had enough.
John Wight makes a powerful case for a No vote in the Guardian.
The Bedroom Tax, another government policy that does not thrill. No wonder Scotland wants rid of us.