… are thought by many to be the worst ‘musical’ instrument ever invented.As a soldier, though, I can tell you on the best of authority that when you’re cold, wet, hungry, down to your last magazine and in the deep, deep do-do, the faint sound of the pipes floating in through the freezing fog is the most beautiful sound you’ll ever hear. The Jocks are coming…
In the wider social matrix, the contribution of Scottish engineers, scientists, mathematicians and canny businessmen, as well as artists, writers, musicians, historians…. is well known and widely documented in our history books.
If you’re ever wandering through the malls and street markets in Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong for example, you may notice this:
and I’m sure the charioteers, spread as we are over a significant portion of the globe, could add many more examples
For both these reasons I would be sad to see our Scottish comrades depart the Union. It is, however, their decision to make and I support them whichever way they go.
On the bright side, if the Scots decide to get their bonnets and coats and leave, 58 labour MPs would disappear from the Parliament. That would leave our Dave with an overall majority of 30 – odd over all the other parties – for the time being, that is, Milly would see his hopes of hopes of government disappearing into the distance to the haunting sound of the pipes playing ‘will ye no come back again…’ Of course, our Dave’s majority would last until we, (as in UKIP,) get in his face in 2015 🙂
There’s a serious point here for the English among us: if I wake up on my birthday to find that Scotland has voted ‘Yes,’ What is going to happen to those MPs representing Scottish constituencies? They’ll be zombies, and. moreover, they will have a partial interest in the negotiations of the settlement agreement over which they will be able to exert un undue influence… The Midlothian question writ large! And who will speak for England?