Being mighty near pure Scots himself on his father’s side, Ol’ Robbo has been watching the build up to the referendum on Scotland’s independence from Great Britain with some interest.
Frankly, I’ve thought it a bad idea from the beginning simply based on what I believe to be unsurmountable economic realities. (Very broadly speaking, these boil down to the fact that some enormously large portion of Scotland’s population is now pure economic deadweight – on the dole, in state housing, deadbeat. GB as a whole has enough resources to carry them, at least for the moment. Scotland, on her own, wouldn’t.)
Now, having read this article in the Telegraph profiling a group of “Yes” voters, I’m convinced that it’s a bad idea. Why? Because it’s obvious that there is no one vision of what an Independent Scotland will actually mean, but instead a jumbled collection of alternate ideas, many of them extremely contradictory to each other and some quite separated from reality. Frankly, the thing smells like a cult movement to me. And by now I think we all know how political cults work out.
Friends of teh decanter might argue that this is something for teh Scots to sort out for themselves and that an independent, localized debate is surely the best way to do it. Well, if the biznay were merely an academic exercise devoid of real world consequences, I might agree. The trouble is that it wouldn’t be, and my fear is that when people realize that they’re not, in fact, getting William Wallace riding in at the head of a herd of rainbow-colored unicorns, things will get ugly.
The West is crumbling already. Why speed up?
UPDATE: Over at NRO, Andrew Stuttaford has a round up of the doings of what might be called the MacJacobins of the “Yes” side. This is a what I mean about things getting ugly.