Thursday, September 18, 2014
As Scotland goes, so goes....the world?
Today Scotland votes on whether they want to stay part of Great Britain or go it alone as an independent country. Many there have long wanted their independence, and this seems as civilized a way as any to get it. If they vote "yes" they will probably claim much of the North Sea oil, which will fund their operations quite nicely. Until it some day runs out.
But it's a much bigger vote than just that. In many parts of Europe....the world even....there are many regions watching and taking notes. After all the 20th Century European wars many of them are of one heritage/custom/language, yet are officially part of another country.
If Scotland can pull it off, will Catalonia (think Barcelona) give it a try? Will Belgium finally just give up and implode, the Flemish and Walloons going their separate ways (to Holland and France)? Will Poland grow and Ukraine shrink? The possibilities are almost endless.
For a few of us it will be interesting to watch. For the rest of you, you can go back to your Twitting now.