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The last plea - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
The last plea

Tomorrow, the die shall be cast. One of the four home nations, and that the least populous, shall decide the fate of all; a wee subset of British voters living in Scotland on an arbitrary date shall decide for all Scots in the UK whether their families are to be separated by an international frontier.

Never mind that there’s nothing Green about a Scotland depending on North Sea oil and wholesale fracking.

Never mind that such a Scotland should be in the red all the same, unable to afford its promised social paradise.

Never mind that there’s nothing nuclear-free in Nato membership, which depends ultimately on the nuclear deterrent no matter where the missiles are housed.

Never mind that if – if – the French, Belgians, Italians, and Spaniards allow an independent Scotland to join the EU, it must join the euro … and count, in Brussels’ counsels, on a par with Greece. (We’ve aye called Edinburgh ‘the Athens of the North’, but I don’t think that’s what we meant.)

Never mind that seceding from a democracy isn’t the way of Madiba, but that of Jefferson Davis and the American Confederacy.

Never mind, even, that in the centenary of the Great War and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the outbreak of the Hitler War, it is a shameful thing to break faith with the Jocks who fought, died, and triumphed side by side, sharing blood, with English, Irish, and Welsh regiments.

I ask only that this be remembered. There are some 800 thousand Scots, living elsewhere inwith the UK, who – arbitrarily – are deprived of a vote on Thursday, and may wake on Friday, without their assent, to the choice of exile from their native land or sojourning as foreigners in the place where marriage or public service or professional obligation has drawn them, Bath or Belfast, Cardiff or Carlisle.

Fairness and generosity are hallmarks of the Scots character and the Scots conscience. I ask my fellow Scots who are being allowed a vote to take tent of us. Do not take that irrevocable step. Act as trustees for the Scots who are not allowed to vote. Do not place an international frontier between us and our families. Do not require us to have a passport to come home, to put flowers on a mother’s grave or to be married in a grandfather’s kirk. Do not split, separate, sever, and sunder families without their consent or their being so much as consulted.

Consult your consciences. Act in the spirit of the Scots character. Exercise the Scots virtues, I implore you, for us who are to be left as orphans, unconsulted.

If you act according to the lights of conscience, and resile from an irrevocable step, I – with hundreds of thousands of your disfranchised countrymen – am not feared of the result.

Gang canny.

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From: winterstorrm Date: September 17th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very well put. That is all. :-)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 17th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

I'm obliged.
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