The case for Scottish Independence has been around for hundreds of years.
Scottish Independence and Royalty
One story I remember from many years ago when I was still young. The late Mother of Queen Elizabeth was on a visit to South Africa and as usual got into an conversation with a local person with a Boer background. He told her that he would never be able be able to forgive the British for having conquered his country. Her instant reply was
“I understand that perfectly. We feel very much the same in Scotland”.
Yes I also understand what she means. I give a couple of personal stories below.
In reality the land of South Africa did not belong to the Boers either – they were primarily of Dutch origin – but to the South African people. The Queen Mother, the daughter of Lord Strathmore and Kinghorne, had spent much of her childhood growing up living in Glamis Castle in Scotland.
Scottish Independence In History
Many think the concept of Scottish Independence is only a recent policy. Some people considered it was thought up to grab some money back from the UK government after Scots saw all the revenues from the oil found in the North Sea off the Scottish coast going to London.
Read about the Declaration of Arbroath here to discover how the Battle for Scottish Independence has been going for at least 700 years. Independence was granted temporarily after lots of blood (was shed on both sides) but was never fully accepted by the English Throne. After several more wars and thousands of deaths Scotland was then largely subsumed back into England in 1707 despite a lot of opposition from the Scottish people.
As a consequence Scotland’s role and history has been largely officially forgotten.
For example in our schools I was taught from an early age about the history of Scotland (including Bannockburn). When I moved to England at age ten I never heard again about anything related to Scotland. History was all about the English Kings and Queens (they did not even mention that Scotland had any kings). The word “British” was even changed to “English” as through that was the only country that existed in the Union.
Listening to the teachers we were led to believe that it was England that fought in the two world wars not the British army and certainly no Scots were involved.
When I was working in London all staff were being sent on Race Awareness courses and continuously accused of being racist. I had already objected to being classed as a white English male and requested the word Scottish should be used. I was told it was the same thing as Scotland was part of England. This was being said by by the race awareness trainers. Pot calling kettle comes to mind.
Scots were a racial minority and thus were not worth anything in this country of England with ten times as many people. What’s more the people supposed to be training people to be aware of race awareness in those days were refusing to recognise it.
The Union of the two countries have left a lot of people feeling Scotland our part of the United Kingdom has been largely neglected by the national government. This has happened despite the UK government cabinet over recent years having a large number of Scots. This number was far larger than would be expected by the size of the population. However the real power behind the Government throne is of course the Whitehall mandarins who have responsibility for developing policy papers and spending.
Scottish Independence and the SNP
In later years the rise to power of the Scottish National Party to gain control of the new Scottish Parliament has once again brought Scottish Independence to the headline status. The difference is this time in a manner which will hopefully not cause more wars and deaths on battlefields across our country.
The oil revenues has been a big thorn in the side of many Scots who feel the prosperity brought and wasted by the British Government should have been used to develop Scotland to enable Scottish businesses and hence its people to benefit. We have developed separate pages on Scottish oil and what has happened to the Scottish Oil Revenues section of the website for more information.