Leaving aside whether it’s a good idea for the Scots and/or for David Cameron if the Scotland leaves the UK (I have no idea) and whether the English should get a vote as to whether they want to keep the Scots (too hard for me to decide that one!), I think the Scottish devolution referendum raises an interesting question of loyalty.
I’ll stick my neck out now and predict that the Scots will narrowly vote to stay as part of Britain, and I think this is the worst result for Scotland. Getting out – fine. Overwhelmingly want to be England’s ‘business partner’ – fine. But deciding 60/40 to stay – well, what sort of half hearted vote of confidence is that?
Imagine your husband or wife saying they are thinking of leaving you and moving in with your next door neighbour, but they need a couple of weeks to think about it, and then finally they come to you and say they have very marginally decided to stay with you. Some marriage!
Surely in every relationship, whether it’s with a supplier, or someone who works with you, or for you, there should be a total and instant commitment. In fact, even if you have doubts, you shouldn’t show them, you should make up your mind and then give total support.
My fear is that the Scots will then be left looking feckless and disloyal, reluctant partners who don’t have their heart in the union, in which case the English will have a legitimate reason to despise them – and that’ll be a real shame.
PS I think my name might have Scottish roots!