it’s the new thing – the fall

Just one more month to go before the referendum and Project Fear seems to be working, sadly. Otherwise intelligent and reasonable people are suckling the media’s sorry teats, lapping up every word of the propaganda, designed to maintain the status quo.
The ‘aye’ camp have economic plans, the nawbags seem to have nothing but hand-wringing, Cassandra-like prophecies of doom and bad-mouthing Alex Salmond. As if the whole of a nation’s freedom could be summed up by not liking one particular politician.
The scots invented a hell of a lot of what passes for the modern world. We’re the techno-hardy end of Britain. The scots were early adopters of all the new audio-visual technology as it came onto the market throughout the eighties. Dunfermline, near where I live is a hotspot for that sort of thing and the supermarkets and bus-shelter ads proudly proclaim new products long before the rest of the country gets their hands on them. (coffee-flavoured Pepsi, anyone?)
If we can just separate from these homo neophobes, Scotland could rebuild its manufacturing industry, get on with the business of inventing, discovering and creating a whole bunch of new shit for the coming century. We’re a decade-and-a-half into it already and this is our one big chance.
It’s not going to be plain sailing obviously, even in the event of a ‘naw’ vote, Scotland will be punished for having the temerity to even suggest that we might be better off not having our blood sucked for the south east of England’s cocaine lifestyle.
And, should we have the sense to vote ‘aye’, we can expect dirty tricks from the men who would be king for at least twenty years. But we can do it. All it takes is a bit of bottle next month and a bit of hard work for a few years afterwards. This is doable.
I went to see Charles Stross recently and he mentioned that he has a book in the pipeline that he can’t finish off because he has no idea whether Scotland will be independent or not by the time the book comes out. I’m experiencing something similar with the serial killer book I’m working on just now. All my economic background is pretty up-in-the-air just now as by the time this sees the light of day, Scotland could be a very different place. Or maybe it’ll just be the same. Only worse.
I wonder where my head will be at – and what I’ll be writing come November’s NaNo. Will we still be celebrating our freedom or still drinking to make the despair appear smaller?


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