Last week, the London Evening Standard hosted a debate in London on Scottish independence between prominent “Yes” and “No”-sayers. Labour peer, Dame Helena Kennedy, for the “No” side, was quoted as saying that we English must send a “love letter” north of the border if we want to save the union. See http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/scottish-independence-the-english-must-send-a-love-letter-north-of-the-border-9576568.html
I am not sure if anyone in England has got round to doing this yet but if it’s not too late, I’d like to make a contribution. To make it easier for everyone down south to do this, I have produced a one-size-fits-all template letter which can be tailored to individual tastes. It can be used by English people who sympathise with “Yes”, with “No” or who don’t know. Scottish posties – get ready for a deluge. Here it is:
“Dear People of Scotland,
I love Scotland because :
[*choose all which apply]
• I like Irn Bru
• I like whisky
• I love walking in the Highlands
• I play Grand Theft Auto
• I enjoy the Beano and the Dandy
• I support Andy Murray
• I eat salmon
• I like Tunnocks tea cakes
• I use North Sea oil
• I enjoy the Edinburgh festival
• I take money out of RBS cash machines
• I eat shortbread
• I like Rennie Mackintosh furniture
• I believe in the Loch Ness monster
• I like Scottish folk music
• I have family and friends in Scotland
• We have close business links
• We have close academic links
• We have a long shared history
[Feel free to add more]
In the event of Scottish independence, [*delete as appropriate]
* my appreciation of all things Scottish and my relationships with the people of Scotland will end. It is therefore better for Scotland to stay in the UK. Scotland – please don’t go.
* I will be guided by our political leaders in Westminster as to how this will change my relationship with Scotland. Scotland – I’ll let you know the details after the referendum, but at the moment, it’s not looking good if you go.
* I will look seriously into the reasons why Scotland wanted to become independent and the consequences for England and Scotland of independence. Scotland – I am sorry I won’t get round to this any sooner but I have an open mind as to whether you go or not.
* I will continue to love Scotland for the same reasons as before. Scotland – I wish you well.