-828호, 발행일 : 2014년 10월 15일(수)-
On September 19th 2014, Scotland woke up with a pounding hangover. We were a nation split down the middle. Communities were divided, families were torn and there was a concern that the passion would curdle into rancour. The police were on standby for riots and there was an anticipated backlash from bitter Yes campaigners. Scotland decided to vote No, which meant staying with the UK, but with only a marginal 10% difference. Thankfully, peace prevailed and there were only a few incidents of aggression, but nothing too serious. This was a historic date for Scotland. It was a date where everything could have changed dramatically, but didn’t and now we are left as a nation bruised, fractured and wondering what the future will hold.
As a Scot living away from his beloved nation, it was strange not being around the bickering, debates and inescapable publicity. I missed being there, being a part of it all, but at the same time, I was glad to be removed from the animosity and the carnival of political persuasion. I could not, however, avoid it completely, as I was constantly faced with a barrage of Facebook updates providing me with a daily dose of biased views and scaremongering. That said, it was refreshing to see such a surge of passion and concern about Scotland’s future and friends who never showed an interest in politics before were now taking a stance and passionately expressing their views and concerns.
This debate certainly put Scotland on the map and in the Korean news. I was pleasantly surprised when my students showed a genuine interest in my vote and what the outcome would mean for the future of Scotland.
Like my students, you are probably wondering whom I would vote for, however, I don’t want to use this article as another form of propaganda. I believe that the question of whether Scotland should stay with the UK needed to be debated and as a democratic nation we were rightly given this chance. This referendum has certainly given the Scottish people the opportunity of a lifetime to assert their views and discuss at length the pros and cons of breaking away from the 307 years Union.
On the day of the vote, I was very anxious, as it was too close to call. I was consumed with unanswered questions. If it was a Yes, Would we keep the pound? Would the British flag change? Would we stay a part of the EU? How long could we rely on our oil to protect us financially? However, if it was a No it would mean continuing to support UK foreign policy and the submarines based in Scotland carrying nuclear trident weapons would stay put. These concerns and questions were on every Scots mind. It would either be business as usual or a brave leap of faith.The No vote seemed to be the sensible option, however the Yes vote would mean that Scotland would no longer be governed by Westminster. But, this would result in an uncertain future. The question of breaking away from the UK provoked fear in the No voter’s heads, whereas it would have provided the Yes voters with hope in their hearts. For better or for worse, the votes were counted and now Scotland has to move towards the future with it’s head and it’s heart together. It will take a number of years for reconciliation, however, we need to stay united towards a bright and prosperous future for all.
“Let’s stay together, whether times are good or bad, happy or sad.”
– Al Green
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