I have worried about posting this because it doesn't concern Pugs.

Hektor and I live in Scotland, I love Pugslife and have made so many friends here from all over the world. I know I have not been participating as fully in the life of this site this year as fully as I would like, and hope after September to do so. Why September you may ask, well for those who do not know, and I imagine that many of you do not. Scotland holds a Referendum to decide whether we will remain as part of the United Kingdom or become as we were formerly an independent political entity.

A little history, in 1707 Scotland joined in a Union with England and the Principality of Wales, but truly it was simply England and Scotland as the Kingdoms in a political Union, we were already united by the King of Scots becoming the heir to the vacant English throne which happened in 1603, which meant we were independently political for 104 years. The Union was not popular but people just got on with it, oh there were many occasions when people tried to end it. Do not consider the risings of 1715 and 1745 as part of that, this was merely the disenfranchising of one King with another. It was in the 19th and 20th Centuries which brought most of the arguing about not being ruled from Westminster, aka Parliament in London, we were nearly there just before the sart of World War 1. We in Scotland have a  different legal system, education system, even the Church is different. The Established Church in England is Episcopalian and the Church of Scotland is Calvinist.

Now if we go further back, to the last war of Independence which was in the late 13th early 14th Century when we finally won our independence back from the machinations of Edward the First of England, our then King Robert Bruce, did something quite out of keeping for the time, he made the People of Scotland Sovereign over Parliament which is something precious. It means we have final say. Therefore we are, and I mean ALL the people who live in Scotland will be asked on the 18th of September whether Scotland should be an Independent Country regardless of where they come from. Our opponents have said that we of the YES campaign are narrow minded Nationalists, does it sound like that. We have English people, Americans, French, Polish, Pakistani etc all campaigning.

As have I, so I just want you to know I will be back helping Julie and Di hand out the welcome mat soon, only 71 days to go.


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Comment by Helena Brown on July 25, 2014 at 3:21am

Thank you Jack, not strictly an election more People Power, we have been granted the right to make the decision to either remain in the UK or to become what we were for centuries, an independent grown up state. I hope we join all the others to have made that decision after 19th September.

I discovered this morning why our Independence day is to be 26th March 2016, because our Parliament was adjourned on the 25th March 1707. Therefore the day after seems fair enough to me to rejoin all the other nation states of the world, Scotland being one of the oldest in Europe.

Comment by Jack on July 21, 2014 at 4:33pm
Great post. Good luck with your election.
Comment by Helena Brown on July 9, 2014 at 4:07am

Just thought you may be interested in this  also for those on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/solidaritywithscotland

Comment by Helena Brown on July 9, 2014 at 2:47am

I certainly shall, we learned yesterday that the support for NO is being paid for by those Earl and Lords whose Ancestors bankruptcy sold us down the river way back in 1707. The Scotsman who started the Bank Of England decided Scotland should have it's own colony, in the area which is now Panama, called Darien, our friendly neighbours called in their enemies the Spanish to blockade it and naturally it did not work. The main investors were Scottish Aristocrats who lost loads of money. They are the Parcel of Rogues in the kingdom that Robert Burns wrote about. They got their money, paid from I have since discovered out of the Scottish Public Purse as a bribe for signing away Scottish Political Independence, we would presently still have Elizabeth Queen Of Scots as our Head of State if we vote for Independence and I for one am one of may who hope we do. A wee bi more info.

Comment by julie foutch on July 9, 2014 at 2:11am

Please keep me informed as i am interested as well.

Comment by Di's spoiled kids on July 8, 2014 at 1:13pm

Me too, but I think you may already no that.

Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on July 8, 2014 at 8:36am

Wow, I appreciate this history lesson and I wonder why I've not seen this info regarding your September vote on the news.  Keep blogging  about this, I for one am very interested.  :0)

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