Glasgow independence vote “a possibility”?

Everyone has now heard how “close” the Scottish Independence vote was (but in case you haven’t, there was 10.6% between the yes and the no vote totals). I’d also heard that Glasgow had voted Yes and Edinburgh had voted No.
What I didn’t realise is that basically, it was only Glasgow (ok, and Dundee) that had voted Yes overall. That said, it’s worth noting that because of the paucity of population elsewhere in Scotland, those 4 tiny blue areas make up almost 20% of the electorate.


That’s not to say that the results elsewhere weren’t close. In fact, apart from the outlying islands, it was all very tight.

And, in another interesting stat, with the Scottish National Party supporting independence and the Liberal Democrats, Conservatives and Labour against it, the referendum results bear no correlation to the general election results of 2010. None of the SNP held areas voted Yes, and the areas the did vote for independence were held by either Labour or the LibDems. This shows either that there’s been a shift in perception since the 2010 election (maybe) or that this issue transcends all other party politics (yes).

What it also shows is that maybe Glasgow should go it alone and become an independent state. It would leave about half the people unhappy if they did go, but then about half the people are unhappy anyway. And if you thought that Scotland was going to become a failed state after declaring independence, then wow, Glasgow would be a disaster. Even more so than it is now.

If that’s possible. (Spoiler: It’s not)

So we English are stuck with subsidising Scotland for a bit longer. Our annual rainfall stays unrepresentatively high and our life expectancy remains reduced.
But it’s nice to still be the vaguely United Kingdom.

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Jimmy Somerville is Scottish and he has a new single coming out shortly (spoiler: it’s VERY  Jimmy Somerville). Also, Scotland is voting on independence today. Thus, it comes down to 6000 miles… to combine that fact and those two events and give you one of Jimmy’s old songs.

Given the renewed feuding over Hadrian’s Wall, I think Bronski Beat’s I Feel Love is right out. And so, I’m sticking with the No campaign, giving me a choice of The Communards’ 1986 Don’t Leave Me This Way or my final selection from 1987, Never Can Say Goodbye:

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I have no idea which side of the referendum fence Jimmy is on, and quite honestly, I don’t really care. It scares me that so many people base their opinions on individuals who have no more idea of what is going on than Joe McSoap. A good example is Andy Murray, chucking out his sickening, anti-UK rhetoric from his mansion in Surrey, England: especially irritating since he doesn’t live in Scotland and so can’t vote anyway. Lest we forget, he’s a tennis player, not a political analyst.

It’s suddenly all got rather silly:


And rather nasty:


Bridges are being burned (not literally – yet) left, right and centre and it’s very clear that things aren’t ever going to be the same again, no matter what the outcome of the vote today.

If anything ever called for going home, watching the footy and drinking a large brandy, today was probably it.

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“Massive trouble ahead”

As the Scottish Independence Referendum approaches, I’ve been keeping my distance, watching from the back seat. It’s not my shout, of course, but it will obviously have repercussions on my native homeland. Namely, that if the ‘Yes’ campaign wins, we’ll have to bail them out when things go horribly wrong (as they inevitably will) in the next few decades.

With a binary vote and with things being so tight, these tweets from Simon Schama could be worryingly prophetic:

And while the “other” 50% might also feel alienated if the no vote wins this week, the status quo prevails. Yes, they can be disappointed or annoyed that nothing changes, but nothing changes. If the yes vote wins, everything changes, despite half the population not wanting it to.

Interesting times ahead.

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3 in 5

Blogged for immortalisation.

I crashed early last night, thanks to the unwelcome attention of some viruses. That meant that when I headed off to Slumberland, my beloved Sheffield United were trailing 0-1 at the attractively-named Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester. Still, there wasn’t much that I could do about that from Cape Town and so I went to sleep, unhappy, but safe in the knowledge that my decision wouldn’t affect the match.

And then I woke up this morning, and before leaving the sanctity of the duvet, I swiped the phone to find out that we were uniformly dreadful, that we’d gone 0-2 down, were still 0-2 down with 7 minutes to play AND THEN WE SCORED 3 GOALS IN 5 MINUTES TO WIN IT!


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Some ‘big club’ fans will point out that it was “only” Colchester United, and they’d be right. But the Blades couldn’t have beaten (for example) Chelsea last night because they weren’t playing Chelsea. You can only beat the team you’re playing, and given the rules and regulations around paying one’s players, United aren’t in a position to have a Diego Costa or an Angel di Maria in the squad right now. So if we have to play Colchester, and we beat them – especially in such a dramatic way – well, I’ll happily settle for that.

The crowd was just over 3,000 last night. Tiny. If ever there was a sign that we’re in the wrong league, it’s the fact that we are getting almost 20,000 fans in to watch a game against Rochdale. Something needs to happen this year and yes, it’s early days, but we’re now unbeaten in seven games and there’s already a hint of the infamous 2003 season about this campaign. We won absolutely nothing that year, but we came awfully close to winning a lot of stuff.
I’ll settle for a simple promotion this time around though – and what better way to do it than with 3 goals in 5 minutes to win all our games?

UPDATE: They’ve even done a “real time” video of the comeback. Nice.

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