What is being debated and argued up in Scotland is not just something that will affect us for the next few years, it is something that will affect the next generation, today’s children will grow up in a nation shaped by next week’s vote.
Which is why it is far too important to be left to a bunch of politicians with vested interests.
For months now the whole matter of Scottish independence has been bouncing up and down in the news, will they, won’t they, the opinions have been many and varied.
Down here in the English part of the UK (as separate to the London part of the UK) we have been seeing a steady flow of media reporting that it’s not going to happen. Then suddenly something terrible happened, someone broke ranks, someone stopped putting out government propaganda and someone said the Yes campaign may be winning.
Cue panic, headless chickens, running around in circles and waving hands in the air. It was a disaster, oh no what do they do now. Those dammed Scots might actually get the idea they could win.
In the words of one famous Scottish Undertaker
You youngsters can look up Private Frasier
So some bright spark says, “I know, let’s all go to Scotland and support the No campaign”.
Parliament decamped and rushed north, like something out of a Benny Hill or Keystone cops comedy chase (if you youngsters don’t remember them Google and Youtube are your friends).
All of you youngsters that don't remember Benny HIll or the Keystone cops, Google and Youtube them.
The Cameron, Clegg and Miliband show rolled north trying to catch up with the Brown and Darling and chasing along behind them came the whole media and marketing arm of all three political parties and behind them came another hundred or more Labour MPs along with their staff and followers.
Entire train loads of London based politicians and minions streaming north to Scotland. A veritable army of them.
Not since the days of Edward Longshanks has Scotland had such hatred and contempt for the people heading towards it with an army in tow.
Now we have seen impassioned pleas, we have seen crocodile tears, we have seen chest thumping and begging and bribes.
We are seeing a significant media manipulation of events and news, the way that polls are represented has been changed to suit Westminster’s demands that the Yes campaign be fought by every means possible.
The giants of industry and business are falling in line and condemning independence as a disaster, everyone is doom and gloom, we will move south, prices will go up, it’s a disaster.
Heck even the Loch Ness monster is reported to have fled south and is now living in lake Windermere.
If that’s not a sign of the end of the world what is?
Everywhere you look they are saying Independence is going to be a complete and utter disaster. But here is the thing, it isn’t. Not at all. Because absolutely nothing has yet been decided as to what Independence means.
Not a single thing.
If the vote is yes then every aspect of the split will be negotiated afterwards. All the arguments, all the threats and the fear mongering, every worst case scenario, none of them mean a dammed thing. Because in the days after the separation not one thing will change UNLESS the parliaments of Scotland or Britain make them change.
The UK will make most of the worst case scenarios happen, not the vote for independence. The SNP will make the rest happen for better or for worse AFTER the vote. The vote itself will simply set into motion a series of discussions about how Scotland and the rest of Britain separate all the things that are currently combined.
But to our politicians it is that discussion that is the terrifying thing, not the separation.
Does anyone really believe those Cameron crocodile tears? Does anyone think for a moment that he really values those 40 Labour MPs, the loss of whom would leave us with a Tory majority for the foreseeable future.
Does anyone actually believe that those 100 Labour MPs that have rushed north hot on the heels of their boss care about Scotland or the Scottish or are they panicking because of the loss of so many seats in parliament?
No. They have all rushed north to try and head off a situation where they will have no choice but to sit down and negotiate what I hope will be a public and transparent series of arguments and debates over how Scotland separates itself and yet remains a good neighbour and partner.
Having to do that, with the eyes of the world on them, being forced to fairly and honestly manage such a separation. That is what I think Terrifies them. Not the loss of Scotland.
But instead the fact that such a loss would force them to change the rules that they have created and which serve them so well. The whole corrupt system could be dragged into the light and examined in every detail. All the injustice, the unfairness, the back handers, the bribes, the greed and the corruption. The whole stinking mess looked at in the light of day.