Soon I might have to say that this is one of my favourite views in Scotland. It is very possible that, in less than three years, Scotland could be an independent nation and I will become a foreigner when I eventually return.
Having watched hours of debate and spent further hours reading reports and newspaper articles I have absolutely no idea what the truth maybe behind the 'facts' that are being offered by either the Yes Campaign or the Better Together Campaign. I find it almost impossible to believe any politician on any subject and I must say that I find Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon difficult to listen to.
So, without belief in any of the facts I find that my opinions on this are semi pragmatic and semi emotional. You won't find any sense in this inane dribble that I am about to sprout, it's just how I feel.
Of course my opinion is null and void. I no longer have a Scottish address and I was born and raised in South Shields which makes me very much English. However I feel the love that I have for Scotland and it's people and, having lived there, I think I can at least give an English view on this or at least my view.
When this movement began to snowball and when I began to take this seriously my first thought was 'independence from what?' As far as I was concerned it was ludicrous that Scotland could be independent from a union that they were not only part of, but spearheaded for hundred of years. The British history over the past 300 years is very much that; British history. It's not English history, it's not Welsh history, it's not Northern Irish history and it's not Scottish history it's very much British history.
Having spent some time travelling in ex-colonies it is very obvious that all of the union were involved in our endeavours across the world. There is a small town in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya's. This town is an Indian spiritual centre, I will be returning there in 6 months in order that my wife can complete a yoga teacher training course. This place could not be any further from Scotland and yet it's name is Mcleod Ganj. An Englishman did not go to that place and give it a Scottish name, Mcleod was Scottish and you see the same evidence of British colonialism, not English colonialism all over the world.
As a union we have fought two world wars, recovered after those world wars and we find ourselves one of the richest countries in the world. Two of the last three prime ministers have been Scottish, a large number of Westminster MP's are Scottish a substantial number of the UK's top civil servants are Scottish. This is a Scottish union as much as it is English, Welsh or Northern Irish. I could go on but this was my initial thought, 'independence from what?'
Of course, being an Englishman from the North East means I have no desire to be governed by the Conservative Party. So my second thought was, 'you bastards, leaving us to the Conservatives for the rest of eternity.' This of course is selfish and emotional response.
There is something sad about the thought that the country I grew up in may no longer exist in a few years time. It makes me very sad indeed.
However, despite my feelings, chaotic as they maybe, I believe if I was living in Scotland now I would have to vote for independence. Why? Because the thought of being able to truly decide the fate of the country in which I live is a reality I never thought would exist within the United Kingdom in which I was born. Vote independence and allow the 5,000,000 people of that country the chance to direct themselves in the direction of social equality, social prosperity and general happiness.
I have one reservation, if independence is achieved and in 10 or 15 years nothing has changed I feel the independence will have been wasted. Independence is not achieved with this vote, true independence can only be achieved with the decisions that are made by the Scottish people after this vote.
Feel free to leave your views, like I said this is a mainly emotional response to the situation, but I certainly trust my own emotions more than the politicians who are currently at the forefront of this debate. I will be said to see Scotland leave the UK but I will be very pleased and proud to see a prosperous, self governed Scotland in the future.