#933: 1986, The Communards, Don’t Leave Me This Way

by Ray_North on September 17, 2014

I don’t even bloody know any more.

I don’t know what will happen if Scotland votes ‘no’, I don’t know what will happen if Scotland votes ‘yes’; I don’t know what I want to happen, I don’t know nothing. I am in a veritable Nigel Tufnell-like state of confusion.

But, amidst this bewilderment, there is, I feel, one feeling that is starting to make sense to me – and that’s pride, and I don’t mean, the rather contrived flags and fields type of pride that we’re hearing a lot about at the moment, I’m talking about a feeling of bloody pride that we Brits are having a referendum which has massive consequences for all of us, and we have done so, by and large with intelligence, good grace, humour and energy.

Ok, I’ve heard stories about twitter trolls and egg throwers and meeting disturbers – but, fuck me, no one has been beheaded, no one has been bombed, sanctions haven’t been imposed on either side by distressed neighbours, the UN Security Council hasn’t had to sit – it has all been incredibly civilised, actually, it has all been incredibly, quintessentially British.

The BBC has, actually, behaved with great impartiality; the newspapers have, behaved with breathtaking and predictable partiality, the political parties have behaved with staggering (SNP and UKIP aside) naivety – and the good people of Scotland have engaged in this debate with great enthusiasm and commendable depth of knowledge and feeling.

I’ve watched from my little village on the Welsh English border and, quite frankly, I salute all of us (ok, especially the Scots).

And, hours from the opening of the polls, I dedicate another song to my friends and comrades North of the Wall and wish you well whatever the outcome. This song, which was played to death in my sixteenth year, I dedicate to you.

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Geoff Elliott September 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

I’m not sure I can agree with you about the impartiality of the BBC or the press during the past couple of weeks. They have consistently represented the status quo, the establishment and the elite. Know your place plebs. If the awful trio of Cameron, Clegg and Miliband claim victory as theirs in the event of a No vote I will despair.

What I have enjoyed is the galvanising effect on the population of Scotland who are taking an interest in politics. People will vote today who have never voted before. Giving the vote to 16 year olds can only be a good thing. I hope it happens in the rest of the UK and that our apathetic population wakes up, takes interest, and does something about their future! I’ve had enough of this country’s listless apathy.

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Ray_North September 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

Thanks for pointing out my massive typo Geoff – I meant to say the ‘portability’ of the press – when will i ever learn to edit my words!

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Fionauk512 September 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

I think to a large degree, particularly among younger people, the mainstream media has been recognised for what it is. It is social media and grassroots campaigning which has made the difference in this referendum.

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