Good luck to the Scots if they want to break away. But I can’t help thinking that self-determination is a bit pie in the sky, considering the way that the real world is run. As Paddy Cheyefsky presciently observed through one of his characters in Network:
“You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today!”
Perhaps it’s not so much that people need their own nations, as nations need their independence from corporations. A Scotland removed from the UK will still be in thrall to markets and vested interests from outside of its borders.
Another part of me is invoking the old maxim that misery loves company – if we’re stuck with the Westminster regime, then at least Scotland can hold our hand while we suffer. For everyone north of the border that looking at Cameron, Clegg and Milliband and feeling a lack of love for the English, don’t think that we don’t resent these people as well. They don’t represent the best of Britishness or of Englishness; they represent all that is wrong, venal, cowardly and opportunist about both.
And that’s as political as I get here.