Scot a shame
Perhaps a little melodramatic on my part, I suppose, but how enjoyable to walk among the multitude (with pint in hand) thronging the quay at Appledore on that lovely sunny August evening on Sunday 25 last, to the sound of the Last Night of the Proms by that ever popular Appledore Silver Band.
The audience with their handheld Union flags, spellbound and on song for those ever popular finales, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem.
All good jolly patriotic stuff, you might say. Nothing wrong with a bit of jingoistic flag-waving, along with a bit of merrymaking.
Yet strangely enough, it wasn’t till the band played and the audience sang Auld Lang Syne that it hit me that in two years’ time it really would be (and I hope I’m wrong) “Auld Lang Syne”.
For, sadly, there are rumblings north of Hadrian’s Wall by those who no longer seek solace within the bounds of the United Kingdom.
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It is said such a move for the dissolution of Great Britain will be by a referendum on the 2014 anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, where the Scots swept aside the English, and has been synonymous with Scottish independence ever since.
Sadly, back in the 1997 general election, the Blair regime, in order to win votes north of the border and west of Offa’s Dyke, placed before the electorate Pandora’s Box, thus sweeping aside the weak Tory government, still in disarray over the dread Maastricht Treaty.
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What’s to become of us who dwell south of the border when Scotland bids farewell to the centuries-old union?
They may well don the yoke of a far greater union, and upon their heads be it. We shan’t want to know.
Again, as in previous years, I shall look forward to next year’s splendid concert by that splendid band, that would see the swansong for the Union flag – with St George for the encore and pride for the Sassenachs.