Mr. Cope’s Cave: A Wee Bonnie Q&A for Ye

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Everyone’s looking forward to your views on the Scottish Question, Mr. Cope.

The Scottish Question?

Yes. You know… the Scottish Matter.

The vote they just took on separating from the UK, you mean?

Yes. The Scottish Issue.

Gosh, I’m afraid I don’t have any views on that matter… issue… whatever. And frankly, I don’t think it’s much of an issue anymore, do you?

Surely you can’t think the matter is resolved, simply because the separatists lost one vote.

Um, actually, I do. That’s what votes are for. They resolve matters. They answer questions. Get what I mean? It’s how things get decided in places where the people get to vote on things.

But what about the people who voted on the losing side? Don’t they get a say as to what happens?

They did get a say. Then they lost. It’s pretty simple, really.

But their commitment... their passion… their dedication to their ideals? What happens to all of that? Do you expect it to all disappear, just because they lost in a popular vote?

No. But that’s why we get to vote over and over and over. We do it every couple of years, over here. Don’t know how it is in Scotland, but I’m sure they’ll get another chance.

And in the meantime, the losers are just supposed to put up with it?

Yes. They’re just supposed to put up with it. At least, until whenever it is they can put it up for a vote again.

What if they decide they can’t tolerate those conditions? Don’t they have a right to secede? To dissolve a union they cannot abide and strike out on their own?

Wait a minute. We’re still talking about Scotland, right?

Where else would we be talking about?

So are you suggesting anyone should be allowed to declare themselves their own country, even if it has been demonstrated in a free election that the majority of the people there don’t want that to happen?

Uh… well… I’m not sure what I’m suggesting. But I just don’t think it’s right that people should have to put up with a situation they disapprove of, only because a majority approves of it.

You don’t happen to come from Scotland, do you?

No. I’m from Texas. Why do you ask?

Ah. No reason.