Why would anyone still love Britain?

The version used by the Scotland Office.

The version used by the Scotland Office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, tomorrow (British time) Scotland will decide whether or not to leave the United Kingdom. It will sadden me if they decide to. Of course as an American, like the Canadians, Australians, and New Zealanders, I am a product of the United Kingdom, especially in my political and civic outlook, for all of my Norwegian heritage, life as an American is based in large part on the UK. Many of our tastes, loves, heroes, and basic outlook on the world are very similar to the cousins.

In fact the last quiz I took told me I needed to get the Corgis back in the palace. 🙂

For all that as a conservative, nearly libertarian American, in many ways I think Scotland leaving might be the best thing to happen to England since the Union. Scotland has become, like our inner cities, a welfare drain on the country, one without a cure. In fact, Scotland has always been a drain on England. Scotland has always produced some really good men (including but not limited to the military) but it seems like they always had to go to England (or later the US) to make a living.

Scotland will do what it will do, you can find a poll to tell you whatever you want to hear, by all accounts if they leave they will have a hard road to travel, with their political tendencies, the most likely comparisons are to such places as Venezuela, although likely without the dictator.

For all the effects on the rest of the UK, they don’t get a vote, which strikes me as eminently unfair, but that’s the way it was set up.

So for a lot of us, it’s kind of like watching our cousins think about getting a divorce, we have our favorite ones but, we love them all, and will continue to do so, whatever they decide.

But I do think they are “Better together.”

Britain feels like a Christmas gift in August. In the debate over Scottish independence, it has been either ignored or mocked. For the ‘Yes’ camp, it’s an archaic remnant of an oppressive relationship. For ‘No’, it’s the great unmentionable, a baffling construction they seem to neither understand nor believe in. Britain is unloved and uninteresting.

The English are, if anything, even more critical of it than the Scottish. For the left it is an imperialist vehicle, a reminder of a shameful history. For the right it is a permanent disappointment, typified by the damn-it-all anger of Ukip voters. It is rare to find a right-winger with anything positive to say about their country.

For the rest of us, it is unseemly. It’s just not done to talk proudly about one’s country. It’s unBritish. Years of superiority and slaughter overseas have made us averse to banging our own drum.

But there are things about Britain which are worth celebrating. They are not values like ‘fair play’ or ‘supporting the underdog’, which politicians like to hark on about. No country on earth values cheating.

Our qualities are not in any way specific to us. But all countries have a specific mixture of attributes, in certain quantities, and that is what makes them unique, in the same way people are unique.

 

via Why would anyone still love Britain?.

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13 Responses to Why would anyone still love Britain?

  1. Ike Jakson says:

    Nebraska

    I concur with all your sentiments because our Anglo Dutch heritage comes from all of them; our adult daughter is now a UK citizen in a top job and loves the UK. Her heart is in Scotland but she would prefer them remaining together. On the other hand this referendum has been coming for a very long time. We out in the rest of the World should sit aside and let them make the decision. I personally will continue to love them both and go with whatever decision they take.

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    • NEO says:

      That’s essentially my opinion as well. It’s their country, and their problem. I love them on both sides, and will continue to do so.

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  2. Scotland Free From The UK, Can Mean Free From The European Union
    I believe that The Bruce did kick as much of The E.U.
    With The Shout : FREEDOM

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    • NEO says:

      There is some truth in that Wil. The problem being that Scotland is the poor part of Britain, and will want into the EU.

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      • Aye NEO! Note my great-gram was Scots-Irish, she would I believe stay with the Crown!

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        • NEO says:

          Aye, I’m conservative enough to believe that “If it is not necessary to change, it is necessary to not change.”

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  3. the unit says:

    Comments way above my pay grade. I still 20,000 leagues beneath the sea as to loving my neighbor. I will mark his mail…”delivered to wrong address.” 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      So am I, My friend, so am I. But I keep trying, with His help. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        A U.S. southern moniker perhaps for His/Him. No blasphemy intended. With His’ens help.
        That takes care of the Trinity. I know so much….huh?

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  4. the unit says:

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    • NEO says:

      Interesting stuff there.

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      • the unit says:

        Stuff conspiracy theories are cut from. Why not ? Only the shadow knows. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed he does 🙂

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