To feel sad that this could be the beginning of the end for the United Kingdom?

(254 Posts)
SamuelWestsMistress Thu 21-Mar-13 19:40:29

I feel so sad this evening after hearing the news for the date for the referendum. I am really dreading the whole countdown to voting day because I really fear that the SNP will get their way. What would be really sad is if its a close count. I just desperately hope living here won't feel too different.

I love having a British identity despite being born in Scotland and will be so sad and angry if its taken away.

AIBU to be feeling rather worried and actually afraid by the entire thing? I really don't like the SNP. (Don't like the coalition it her, but I think they've managed to push things to come to this!)

If that's what people vote for that's what they vote for. If I was still in Scotland I think I'd vote against (much to my parents' horror) but so be it...

cozietoesie Thu 21-Mar-13 19:54:52

Look at the figures. I wouldn't lose sleep over it if I were you.

forgetmenots Thu 21-Mar-13 19:59:29

I don't think it means loss of identity either way, the queen will still be head of state and the countries have so much in common. The kingdoms of scotland and england were united for over a hundred years before the parliaments. Political independence will stop a lot of the carping (from both sides!) IMO, so I will be voting yes. Would prefer to be happy neighbours than unhappy flatmates.

rhondajean Thu 21-Mar-13 20:01:37

Don't worry I strongly suspect it will be a no vote. And if not, you'll see me headed for the border with my suitcases...

I'll probably meet you there RhondaJean!

MissAnnersley Thu 21-Mar-13 20:11:43

I will be voting yes.

I don't know how it will go and I think the addition of 16 and 17 year olds voting will make things interesting.

At the moment it looks like you don't have much to worry about though.

HillBilly76 Thu 21-Mar-13 20:12:36

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SamuelWestsMistress Thu 21-Mar-13 20:13:11

Perhaps it's mainly being based in a major SNP stronghold that adds to my feelings then! I really hope we remain united though.

MissAnnersley Thu 21-Mar-13 20:15:46

Where I am is strongly SNP too which suits me. It will certainly be an interesting 18 months.
I love it when Labour and the SNP scrap. grin

Softlysoftly Thu 21-Mar-13 20:17:06

I don't think past history of being apart is a great example we spent much of that time killing each other!

mrsjay Thu 21-Mar-13 20:17:51

they wont win DD thinks alex salmond looks like a toad and he is using the referendum so his toad race can take over, we have had a referendum before in the 70s , I loved the labour SNP fight tonight on reporting scotland,

mrsjay Thu 21-Mar-13 20:18:59

Don't worry I strongly suspect it will be a no vote. And if not, you'll see me headed for the border with my suitcases...

im teeny tiny id fit in your suitcase take me with you I will switch the lights out when i leave

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 21-Mar-13 20:19:08

Haven't seen any polls yet that make me think it'll be a yes vote.
I haven't yet decided, but this government is tempting me to think that we couldn't be worse off than we are now.

MissAnnersley Thu 21-Mar-13 20:20:12

The prospect of not having another Tory government is very attractive, to say the least.

mrsjay Thu 21-Mar-13 20:21:22

The prospect of not having another Tory government is very attractive, to say the least.

when i think about it ^ ^ that could swing a yes vote, TBH i am undecided how I will vote I am not sure we could cope on our own

SofaKing Thu 21-Mar-13 20:23:50

Independence won't happen, too many people are against it.

I'm disappointed about this as I think the UK is in a dire situation and its getting worse. I'd love to be able to have a chance to escape the awful consequences austerity will bring in years to come, but to do that now I think I will have to move abroad sad.

The thing that really winds me up is that we are essentially being asked to vote on an ideological basis with no real information on what the settlement will look like. I know why it is the case but I don't think it's right.

MissAnnersley Thu 21-Mar-13 20:24:05

I remember so clearly the massive anger and frustration I felt when Thatcher was in power.

That memory is still fresh.

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 21-Mar-13 20:27:09

I have that anger and frustration now MissAnnersley.
I think the bedroom tax is the new poll tax, but people have just become so accepting.

HollyBerryBush Thu 21-Mar-13 20:27:56

I don't understand why the Scots live in England if it's so bad? Why don't they live and work and improve their homeland?

>sigh< we need another Thatcher to turn the country round

MissAnnersley Thu 21-Mar-13 20:29:12

Sorry, I don't understand what you mean Holly.

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 21-Mar-13 20:29:27

Same reason so many English live in Scotland I suppose, Holly.

You know we aren't actually one homogenous mass HollyBerryBush? Some Scots live in England just like some English live in Scotland!

acceptableinthe80s Thu 21-Mar-13 20:30:41

The thing that really winds me up is that we are essentially being asked to vote on an ideological basis with no real information

^^This. I need facts, figures, information before i can make that decision.
I got the leaflets through the door today, no information whatsoever, just propaganda.

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