This Thursday, Scottish people will go to the polls and decide to either side with Alex Sammond and vote YES for independence or Alistair Darling and the ‘Better Together’ campaign and vote NO.
However, should other people, like the English, the Unionists in Northern Ireland and others be trying to get involved or influence a vote in another country, even if they are part of the same union?
The many different sides of the argument make the whole scenario even more interesting for everybody on the outside looking in.
As an Irish student and citizen from the South side of the border, I think we, as in everybody outside Scotland, should let them decide what an extremely important and difficult decision it is for the 5 million or so Scots. That feeling may be somewhat skewed by Ireland and England’s history when it comes to the prickly situation of independence over the past century or so.
Alistair Darling the leader of the ‘Better Together’ campaign and the leaders of each main political party, Ed Miliband (Labour), David Cameron (Tories) and Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrats), have been campaigning throughout the last 18 months. However, in the last few days the polls have ended up on a knife edge, so the leaders have felt the need to go up to different parts of Caledonia and physically be present so as to keep the balance just about in their favour, whether just for the time being or not only the next week or so will tell us.
One has to wonder whether the leaders of the English political parties leading the NO campaign is more of a deterrent to possible Scottish people who may have sided with them. Why some Scottish people may not side with them is due to them not being Scottish, obvious I know, but it could and probably is that simple.
The Scottish Labour and Tory parties are involved in the NO campaign, but surely had they been the main face of the campaign, the polls could very easily not have been as close as they are at the moment. As the Scots would feel that the people behind the NO campaign were saying NO because they feel it’s surely the 100% best idea for Scotland, however, seen as they’re English political leaders than they will clearly have many other forces swaying the way they are pushing the vote to go.
They won’t say it, but that clearly has to be the case, as they have to keep their constituents, their party and the other parties like UKIP happy with what they’re doing in the best interests of the UK.
Politicians have and always will have more than one agenda at a time, especially when campaigning in a different country, they just won’t let onto the public. You may ask, how can I make such a bold statement. But how else will they keep everybody happy that they want to? Everybody isn’t going to be happy all the time with what they are doing, you just have to look at the Irish political system to see that.
Come the 18th of September, the vote will go down to the wire for sure. However, living in the 21st century, one has to think that Scotland becoming an Independent and sovereign state might be good, as the idea of a United Kingdom and the Commonwealth as a whole seems very out dated in this modern era.