The big decision

scottish_referendumRI’m getting quite uncharacteristically excited about the Scottish referendum even though I can’t quite imagine just what will happen if there was a Yes win. Although I’ve been watching it all on the news for what seems like months I hadn’t really given much thought about how it might affect us all personally. Then I got on the phone to my friend Anne, a Scottish Londoner who, through a series of unfortunate events, has landed herself a house in Scotland. I filled her in with all my news and then asked when she’d be back to London. “Friday,” she said, ”I’m staying up to vote yes.” You could have knocked me down with a sporran. She’s weighed it all up and decided that, despite whatever temporary financial effects it might have, her heart is in Midlothian and that’s all there is to it. We had a giggle about it and arranged a proper night out next week but in the meantime she asked me to keep tabs on the news on Friday for her. “Let me know as soon as you hear,” she said, “I’ll be on the train when the result comes out so you’re bound to hear it first.” Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, I said. She took it well. “I’ve brought my passport, just in case,” she said.

Posted by Amanda Blinkhorn

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