On Sept. 18, the people of Scotland will decide whether to secede from the rest of the UK. This referendum is by nature a very divisive issue, with only two deceptively simple options on offer: Yes or No.
Unfortunately for the rest of the world, the Scottish independence referendum (or #indyref) doesn’t follow a simple Braveheart narrative of downtrodden Scottish rebels fighting back against their English overlords. Opinion polls show the country split more or less 50/50, with a record voter registration rate of 97%.
The public face of the anti-independence campaign is Better Together, which is backed by all three of England’s main political parties: the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government, plus the center-left opposition Labour party. The biggest problem with this? All three of these parties are headed up by posh, Oxbridge-educated Englishmen, the precise demographic that many Scottish voters are sick of seeing in power.
The Conservatives are so unpopular in Scotland that Prime Minister David Cameron recently said that people shouldn’t vote for independence just to “give the effing Tories a kick.”