Today is a monumentally important day in the history of Scotland and the United Kingdom. All day, the people of Scotland have been voting in a referendum to decide whether or not Scotland shall remain a part of the Union that has stood for 307 years or become and a completely independent country.
I have been following this campaign with both intense interest and anxiety. However much I criticize my country, I am still a proud Briton and would be devastated to see this family of countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) be permanently broke apart. I think it goes without saying then that I am in support of the 'Better Together' campaign and thus greatly in favor of Scotland remaining within the Union, however sympathetic I am towards the Yes campaign and the desire for self-determination for all peoples.
There are arguments to be made on both sides, but I won't go into them here. If you want a detailed argument, go look online. Just know I am a definite 'No' supporter and I pray deeply that the Scottish people shall vote to stay with us.
If the people do vote Yes, then I shall respect it, wish them the best of luck and hope we remain good neighbors and allies. If they vote No, then may we stand tall together and work towards a better Scotland and UK.
I shall end this journal with a recent quote from former Prime Minister Gordon Brown:
"What we have built together by sacrificing and sharing, let no narrow nationalism split asunder ever."