The pending referendum concerning Scottish independence will involve Shetlanders in a very important decision. Before voting I would advise a rehearsal of our Scottish history. If they do I am sure that most of them will arrive at the same conclusion as did the Shetland Movement; viz that it is not possible to discover any benefits accruing to Shetland from a political association with Scotland.
The latest referendum will be launched on two levels. Firstly the emotive one – “We’er aa Jock Tamson’s bairns” – kilts bagpipes, tartans, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace and aa that, “come and join us”. This is a version of origins aimed at the intellectual level, of the supporters of a football team.
At a more intelletual level, political, cultural and financial levles will be considered. At this level it will be easily demonstrated that Scotland’s attitude to its remoter areas has been, and still is undemocratic, repressive and exploitive. The clearances, the massacre of Glencoe etc. are proof of this and the recent acquisition of the udally held shores, although a minor matter, is indicative that nothing in their modus operandi has changed.
This being so I have little doubt that Shetlanders, not being Jock Tamson’s bairns, will put their cross in the right place.
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