Today and tomorrow are going to be madness, so I’m offski. If you want me, I’ll be the one necking lowland malt and shouting at the telly AS IS MY RIGHT AS A SCOTSMAN.
But before I go …
I haven’t really been tub-thumping beyond reblogs because, let’s face it, this should be the easiest decision we ever make. All the talking points of the past few months - the oil reserves, the media bias, the currency, corporate flight, the NHS, the McCrone Report, the EU - are ultimately irrelevant, as are individual party politics.
What it comes down to is this: how much do we want our votes to count?
Given that 97% of the population have registered, I’d say we want our votes to count for a lot. Stands to reason that if a person voices an opinion, they want that opinion to be heard. It would be a shame, then, if the majority opted to maintain a toxic status quo instead of embracing the prospect of self-government.
I like to think that the people of Scotland have more nerve than that. I like to think that they won’t fall prey to what amounts to state-sponsored anxiety and facile, obsolete sentimentality. I like to think that they know a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when they see one, and they’ll grab it with both hands.
Anyway, we’ll see what happens after the polls close. In the meantime …
The photographer Rob Stothard’s work has focussed on contested borders in Israel, Egypt, and Ukraine. Recently, he has been documenting Scottish towns near the border with England.
Above: A snack van parked on the A1 road at the Scottish-English border. Photograph by Rob Stothard.
I’ve never laughed so much
In the post-independence debate about how the remaining parts of the UK are governed, the elephant in the room will be devolution for England. Regional assemblies elected under a proportional system with Holyrood-style powers would offer us the opportunity to address the inequalities that have opened up between London and the rest of the country.
FUCK YEAH BILLY BRAGG!
Hungry - 25%
Avec Ennui - 34%
Struggling with Trapped Wind - 12%
Aroused - 34%
Worried They Left The Iron On - 78%
Sleepy, Dopey, Bashful, Grumpy, Happy, Sneezy, Doc - 7%
Saw this at the weekend. Great stuff.
BRAVO LA BAMF!