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The Trouble With Scotland…

September 8, 2014

…Is that it’s full of Scots.

So says King Edward I in one of the most memorable lines from the 1995 movie Braveheart.

That line was all I could think of today when I read the news about the possibility of an independent Scotland. Despite having some Scottish ancestors, I don’t have a horse in this race. In fact, for once, I kind of agree with Paul Krugman…

Scots, What the Heck?

Next week Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom. And polling suggests that support for independence has surged over the past few months, largely because pro-independence campaigners have managed to reduce the “fear factor” — that is, concern about the economic risks of going it alone. At this point the outcome looks like a tossup.

Well, I have a message for the Scots: Be afraid, be very afraid. The risks of going it alone are huge. You may think that Scotland can become another Canada, but it’s all too likely that it would end up becoming Spain without the sunshine.

The Scottish comedian Billy Connolly once made a similar point when he said…

There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. I’ve always been a fan of Scottish culture, readers of this blog know there’s more than one bagpipe post in its history.

I also hope that no matter what happens that Scottish people never lose their famous sense of good humor. Most importantly, will the English still be allowed to make fun of Scotland?

There’s a stereotype about Scottish people being thrifty. That idea was memorialized in the classic Monty Python sketch about the Scottish poet Ewan McTeagle.

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