Due to the fact that I’ve been moving to Scotland and took up a few too many responsibilities, I won’t have time this week to give you the usual kind of post. However, I didn’t want to deprive you of your weekly dose of my ramblings all together, so instead, I will just keep it short and simple.
As I wrote a few weeks ago, Scotland will soon be voting either for or against independence from the United Kingdom, possibly becoming a sovereign state on its own. Back when I wrote that first post, it all seemed like a rather insignificant vote that would never be able to get a majority, and that, if anything, would merely be a good tool to convince the UK government to give Scotland some more concessions. But since then, things have changed: it has become a real possibility that while I started this studying abroad adventure in the UK, I will end it in the sovereign state of Scotland.
Perhaps things won’t actually progress that quickly in practice, but what sure seems clear is that the opinion of the Scottish public has slowly been changing. Polls used to be quite clear that the no vote would get an easy majority, but when the most recent poll suddenly indicated that the yes-vote had taken over the leading position, the view of this referendum suddenly changed a lot. In fact, the pound fell to a 10-month low as a result of that most recent poll.
The race, then, is now well and truly under way. On the 18th of September, the future of the United Kingdom might well change in some very significant ways, and that is going to have its effects on all of Europe, if not all of the world.
Apologies for once again not having enough time. It’s the second time in a while, and that isn’t the way it should be. I’ll hopefully be on a regular, quality posting schedule again next week, when my academic year will start and when I have hopefully settled in properly!