“Quelle braves gens” JD , to stick your head above the parapet this way. And very well put .
Luckily as the posts, so far ,show, wargamers are rather more courteous of speech than some of those who stalk other online fora eg the Guardian cif where I found my head bitten off far too many times last year for expressing scepticism so withdrew from an unequal fight.
Like someone said of Kathrine Hepburn one’s emotions have run the full gamut from A to B . But then I have no Scottish connections whatsoever - Irish/Cornish/Sussex. (My partner ,who has lived up there and liked the place a lot , is incandescent with rage whenever “wee Eck” or his sidekick come on the telly ). After two years I have got very tired of it all. Let it be over.
That said Lincoln’s remarks before the Civil War have come to mind many times of late.
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
The English language might have been forged specially for that man at that time. Sadly we have no Lincoln of our own - we used ours up in WW2.
Post yes the negotiations will be dire for all of us on this island – and for that reason alone I am a virtual “ No”. So for me it is not so much their being independent as the severe disruption the journey to get there will create and for no benefit to the rest of us in these islands .There are rather more critical issues just now – Ukraine, Syria/Iraq /Ebola – to which our government should be devoting the full measure of their attention with our friends and allies.
But then…. having given this matter considerable thought last night( about 2.47 of our earth seconds
) after a long email exchange with a New York buddy (who has been a journalist in London and Rome) the only sane way to think about this issue may be to see the whole thing as a minor cosmic joke - a very British thing to do of course.
Of the population of the planet that even knows this is going on ( 5/10% at most?) most even of those view it as just the latest media (including social media) sensation - over by Friday - next story please? For those that are still interested they will see the outcome as a matter of profound insignificance for them. Small bit of slightly larger bit says we don’t want to be part of the slightly larger bit - or almost does. Move on please nothing to see here.
They will still be able to fly to Heathrow shop at Harrods, buy whiskey, watch the golf, buy funny tartan hats, get on a red bus , speculate about Nessie. Giggle at the funny men in kilts….
Maybe we need to be more French - shrug “ merde alors” - then go to off the boulangerie and patisserie - for us English read “Oh pooh- rather they hadn't done that ” then go to the pub and curry house as usual and talk about football (or in our case wargaming .)
We should get used to it and laugh at the insignificant absurdity of it all . How else to get through the next few years post "Yes"?
As to tomorrow's vote - let the dice fly. The gods will be laughing at us either way.