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
9 thoughts on “Y is for Yes”
I'm actually amazed that Scotland didn't vote for it's freedom. Maybe it's because I'm American, but I value independence greatly. If I was a Scot, I would have been a definite YES!~KatieTheCyborgMom
I'm an Australian but I watched that referendum unfold with great interest. I'm still surprised the 'No\” vote won but I understand the concerns some of those who voted no had at the time. Maybe if those were better addressed, the result may be different if they go back to the polls.
I, too, am surprised with the final no vote. A hot debate, for sure. And I'll bet it's not over!
That vote was really close indeed. Seems to me that YES may still win should it come to vote again. It probably would have already won if change in general weren't such a scary thing. A to Z 2017: Magical and Medicinal Herbs
Hi Pam – it's a decisive time for us all … and not easy … I wonder where we are all going to end up … and on that note – I say cheers! Hilaryhttp://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/z-is-for-zebra-zoo-and-zedland.html
You are so right. Yes is a small word with great impact!Plan to visit Scotland. It's a beautiful place.I have Yes too in my post 🙂'Yes We Can' #AtoZChallenge
And with Brexit, how would the NO votes vote now I wonder.
I remember having heard about the voting, and I was wondering about the reason many Scots feel so strongly? Do they feel they are being oppressed? Or just very different from the city folks?So GB wants to quit the EU, Scotland wants to quit GB, what's left?Will you post Z later today?
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