Why would anyone still love Britain?
September 17, 2014 13 Comments
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.”