I felt that Scotland felt a lot different (read: better cultured) than England, though that might be because I only visited the “Oop North” part of England.
Wow, so now even non-British people are adopting the anti-North sentiment. Awesome.
If you’d like to know why the Northern cities in England seem run-down and ‘uncultured’, look into the industrial decline in the 70’s and 80’s. We were half screwed-over by our own government and half screwed-over by our own worker’s unions. The region never really recovered, and with more and more businesses migrating to London and the government doing nothing to stop it for the sake of ‘economic recovery’, there’s no sign of improvement in the near future.
The people are mostly lovely though. People from Newcastle have a national reputation for being friendly, and there’s a lot of regional pride in the area. The landscape surrounding the Northern cities is easily the most impressive in England too (see: the Lake District, the Pennines, Northumberland).
So yeah, the North doesn’t suck. Moving on…
I’m largely against Scotland seceding from the UK. A large campaign fighting against the split is called ‘Better Together’, and the title seems fitting to me. It just looks like every country in the UK will stand to lose something if Scotland becomes independent. For example, Scottish universities are currently free for Scottish students and students from the EU, but due to some loophole in European law they can get away with charging students from elsewhere in the UK. If they become independent, UK students will technically no longer be part of the same EU state, and therefore will benefit from the same laws as EU international students. It’s expected that UK students will flock to Scottish universities to avoid tuition fees, and the problems it’ll cause are likely to force Scotland to start charging their own students.
Another issue is the future of the British Armed Forces. Our military is currently very influential despite it’s relatively small size, and the departure of all Scottish personnel will severely weaken it. The Scottish don’t win in this situation either, as they’ll be left with a very small, very underfunded military that’ll cost billions just to get up-and-running.
I understand the desire for Scottish people to have more say in the policies that affect them, but there has to be a better way of going about it than weakening both Scotland and the remainder of the UK.