If we win, well then we’ll have what none of us has ever had before: a country of our own.
I think it says something about modern life that the best quote that a Scotsman can find to fit the moment when Scotland got the balls to take a step closer to leaving foreign rule for the first time in centuries was something said by Mel Gibson.
I had real trouble voting yesterday. The Tories I didn’t have to think about of course, the LibDems are sell-out bitches of the Tories (we really need a proper Liberal party back) and there was the question of Labour. Jackie Baillie is our MSP and seems to do a good job, she was always getting back in, but my vote is precious to me, as odd as it sounds I feel the weight of history in that piece of paper and the fight to give me the right to put my cross on it. So I can’t tactical vote, or worse still not vote, but the SNP had upset me so much with some ridiculous decisions that I thought of saying “Go on Jackie, wire in…”. Until that bloke came up, looks like one of Dick and Dom, the Labour leader and proclaimed that he wanted Scotland back. I’ve always said that Scotland was worn like a cub scout achievement badge on Labour’s sleeve to annoy Westminster and that stupid bastard proved me right in front of the whole country. Add to that the LibDems bending over and touching their toes for a little bit of the limelight and Scotland has voted SNP.
Who knows where it will go, the TV is full of speculation, but we really don’t know. One thing I hope for is a restoration of national confidence. It’s too easy for folk here to sit on their arses and blame south of the border for all our troubles when it’s actually all our own fault, apathy and lack of self belief gets mixed into our porridge and shortbread.
National pride doesn’t have to be realised at the expense of anyone else, the more we take control of our own affairs the more we’ll grow up, maybe then we can stop bubbling in the corner saying that the big boy did it and take responsibility for our many failings and rejoice in our glories too. Mistakes are okay, not trying in case you make them isn’t.
Here’s to the future. Whatever the hell it is.