I know a firm of lawyers in Paris who specialise in international border disputes. Their idea of a good day is when everyone keeps talking – they get paid more.
But it’s all about the words you use. One good thing is the Scots and the English share a common language – er – English. So the translators aren’t going to get in the way. But the metaphors might.
Is the end of the Union a divorce? Not unless you think Scotland and England are a married couple who’ve fallen out of love. But it’s just not like that. The people who signed up to 1707 are dead, things have moved on. The French are no longer the Enemy, the Empire’s been and gone, we’ve got electricity and running water, we’ve got Dr. Who and the Internet. It’ a different world and we’re different people – North and South of the border. We were never married, it was always just a metaphor.
Seeing as we have to find words, I’m going with the concept of a corporate de-merger or spin-off. Scotland is a going concern. Great brand, great resources, great assets, great people. So many small countries do so well. Information, intelligence, education – our CV’s got the bloody Enlightenment on it.
If we get the corporate lawyers in, rather than the divorce lawyers, there’s hope for us all. Stop the bickering and build me a business plan!