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Scotland Votes to Remain Part of the United Kingdom

Published September 19, 2014 - 2 Comments

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Should Scotland be an independent country?

55.3% NO.

44.7% YES.

I woke up at 5am to use the bathroom, and checked my phone for the results of yesterday’s Scottish referendum.  And there it was.  A majority of Scots had rejected the idea of breaking off and forming their own independent country.

I have to admit that I was more than a little surprised.  I have no ties to Scotland whatsoever, so I say this purely as an observer, but from what I had read prior to the vote, I really figured that they were going in the other direction.  It feels to me that there is a big move around the world where every group of people thinks that it can do a better job if it breaks away from the other groups.  That’s obviously not the case, and I think that it’s completely reasonable to retain one’s national identity among a larger union.

I imagine that there are probably some hard feelings in Scotland right now.  I truly hope not to read anything like “it was the ethnic vote” like other referendums in the past.  Now is not the time for absurd finger-pointing.  Now is the time to work together to make changes that benefit all citizens of Great Britain.

Group hug.