Just in case you’re wondering how Scotland got into this Union called the United Kingdom, here’s a brief history lesson.
We were blackmailed into it.
In a nutshell, the Aliens Act threatened that unless Scotland agreed to negotiate terms for union and accepted the Hanoverian succession by 25 December 1705, there would be a ban on the import of all Scottish staple products into England. Scots would also lose the privileges of Englishmen under English law – thus endangering rights to any property they held in England. In essence – political, religious and economic blackmail.
Better together, then or now? Naw.
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
The prize is a better country for the people of Scotland. And that’s only 61 days away.
Image credit: Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, London