Monday, 15 September 2014

Dear Scotland

If you live in or near Scotland, you're probably talking about the upcoming independence referendum.

You probably have strong opinions on whether to vote yes or no, and are likely doing your best to influence the decisions of others, whether you're aware of it or not.

Maybe, like me, you've never talked politics before in your life, yet you find yourself having heated conversations and debates over dinner with close friends.

That's great.  It's good to be passionate about something, especially something as important as deciding the future of our country. 

You know what's not great?  The way in which we're sharing this passion.

Aggression, violence and threats, from both sides of the debate, is not how we're going to get through this, and get our points across.  It's no longer discussions between friends, but arguments between strangers.  I dread to think what would happen if we still had another 3 months before the decision was made, instead of 3 days.  There wouldn't be a country left to fight for.  We are falling to pieces already.  

After Thursday, we still have to live with our friends, neighbours and colleagues, regardless of the outcome.

Independent or not, we're still going to be Scottish.  Let's not damage the pride and honour that come with being from Scotland by fighting with each other while trying to fight for or against our independence.  

This is such an important part of our history, and we are very fortunate to be a part of deciding Scotland's future.

On Thursday, let us all vote, and be justified in our opinions.  Let's know that, whatever the outcome, the majority of us made that decision. 

And let's act in a dignified manner, whether we're happy with the result or not.

I'm not great with words or politics.  But I love Scotland.  I will continue to love it, yes or no thanks, and I really, really hope that what's left by next weekend will still be worth loving.  

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