Not sure I’d vote for independence a second time

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I voted for Scottish independence in the last referendum, but I’m not sure I’d do it again in a second one.

There’s a few reasons for that, but I’ll tell you why I voted for independence in 2014. The single most important factor that had me saying Yes last time is the fact that Scotland never votes for a Tory government but ends up with one. To me, that is undemocratic.

I’m left with a right wing government which lacks compassion neither myself – and more importantly – the majority of my fellow countrymen and women did not vote for.

Anyway, I accepted the decision of Scotland not to go independent and moved on. I didn’t expect, or even want, another referendum, it was heartbreaking watching and listening to all the sectarian bile from both sides of the national divide.

However, I don’t think nationalists accepted the will of the Scottish people and we find ourselves in a ‘neverendum’ situation as the Scottish Government debates it again this week on the back of Brexit, which, incidentally, Scotland did not vote for.

During the referendum, part of the Yes rallying call was that it was a “once in a generation” vote. Three years down the line is hardly a generation! It begs the question – if we do vote for independence and if it all goes belly-up, will there be a vote to go back to joining the UK?

Will this happen every time we don’t like how our country is being governed? Won’t having constant referendums cause more instability? Should there be a time limit on when another can take place?

For myself, the choices are clear – I either accept being part of the UK and Tory governments and Brexits that Scotland doesn’t vote for – or I vote for independence? Forget the rest, that’s what it boils down to for me.