To-day is the seventh anniversary of Scotland's independence vote. It is a bittersweet memory.
The weeks and months leading up to the vote were some of the best times of my life. I made so many new friends. The possibility of making a better place felt within our grasp.
However, even though the vote was a resounding Yes in my home area, overall we lost by a narrow margin.
It was the best of times, and the worst of times.
Let's do it again.
I've always wondered if the word "Brexit" had an effect on the outcome.
Brexit is a portmanteau of British (or Britain) and Exit. This new word was used to describe not just the act of leaving, but, also the process, & the referendum. The term was used casually by both those supporting Remain and Leave. Why? The equally applicable "Bremain" was hardly ever used.
I've not seen any research on this topic. However, the terminology employed usually has an effect on the outcome.
No Love for Johnnie (1961)
Read the plot synopsis for this film, from 60 years ago, and then tell me if you think politics has changed, at all, in the intervening years.
Scottish Parliament Elections
If you've never registered before, or you've recently moved, you should register online, now.
The deadline for registering, enabling you to vote in the Scottish Parliament Elections, is Monday, April 19th.
Your vote could make a difference.
However, it gets worse, a lot worse.
Scotland is a small country which has to exist economically by having strong exports (and we have always *had* strong exports).
Here are the figures for some of Scotland's strongest food export sectors:
fish & shellfish down 83%
meat down 59%
dairy down 50%
EU exports in general down 63%
I made a joke about "Our Ford", when discussing the Transit van with work colleagues. I didn't get any laughter, just perplexed looks. 🙄 Is there anything worse than a punchline falling flat?
I then got into a long discussion about the themes in Huxley's Brave New World. That led to us talking about Men Like Gods, which reminded me of the Five Principles.
Thank you, Henry.
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