Three years on and the independence debate is still high on the political agenda here in Scotland, so Yes is still plastered everywhere along with the words Indy 2 (Independence referendum 2). There is a sign on a farm near us that was just Yes, but now it has Still in front of it so that it reads, Still Yes.
There are stickers everywhere – so many cars have a Yes sticker but also people put the Yes on their homes and they wear it on t-shirts. It’s a very passionate subject for people who want independence and I’ve even seen people with tattoos that talk about Scotland’s Freedom. (I was going to put a clip of the freedom speech from Braveheart here but I don’t think anyone needs to hear Mel Gibson’s atrocious Scottish accent when I’m talking about Scottish pride).
The referendum was very close and had a huge turnout of voters – 84.95% compared to 66.1% at the last general election. The No vote received 55.30% of the vote and the Yes vote 44.70%. In the Highlands the percentage difference wasn’t as much but it still went with No.
I found this anonymous quote that I think is quite fitting as my theme is the highlands:
When we go to car shows we often see motorbikes and especially trikes with Scottish Nationalism plastered all over them. This purple trike (which I adored) is covered in Scottish flags, thistles, and it has the words from the declaration of Arbroath on the side.
This was a letter written to the Pope in 1320 in support of King Robert Bruce and an independant Scotland – you see, it’s not just a modern need to be independent, it’s something that is deep in the soul and has been passed down by generations.
On that very subject of history Robert Louis Stevenson wrote;
‘For that is the mark of the Scots of all classes: that he stands in an attitude towards the past unthinkable to Englishmen, and remembers and cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity with the dead even to the twentieth generation.’
So there you have it and I’ve managed to just present the facts and not descend into a political debate as that’s a sure way to lose friends and start arguments. Before you go, why don’t you pop over to the A to Z blog and see what my fellow bloggers have come up with for the letter Y – Click Here to visit.
Until next time, be good, stay safe, and enjoy your day.
Pamela & Ken