A big thank you to everyone who read my post a few days ago in which I replied to Eddie Izzard et al on their appeal to Scots to vote “no”. Amazingly, I have now had almost 25,000 views of this blog, mostly of the post I mentioned. I’ve been “Freshly Pressed”,and the article has been re-tweeted and re-blogged across the blogosphere.
An even bigger thanks to people who have left comments. I read them all even if I didn’t reply to every one. It was lovely to have such positive feedback from so many people in Scotland. I knew it before, but it’s increased my conviction that people in Scotland do want their nation to be good neighbours with England – for them, the referendum is not about saying goodbye to England.
I want to capitalise on the sudden interest in this blog by starting a new blog called English National Conversation. It’s here:
The front page explains it, but briefly, I’d like the people of England to have a conversation among ourselves about the referendum issues and what they mean to us, specifically in England. I don’t think people in England do this enough. We are used to doing our English “thing” mainly as part of the UK – except perhaps when it comes to football and rugby.
Scotland has been having its own national conversation about the referendum issues and the increase in political awareness of Scottish people has been tremendous. We’re slower off the mark in England because we won’t have a vote. But we’re now waking up to the real possibility of an independent Scotland – and feelings and opinions are rising up. We’re having to think about our national identity and what independence for Scotland might mean for us.
So if you’re interested, please have a look. Comments appreciated. This site here is still open to everyone so I am not ignoring you Scots!