Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Glasgow's unionist empathies key in UK vote

I WOULD like to draw attention to the possibility of a break-up of Scotland if the referendum results in our leaving the UK.

If there is a small majority for independence in September, I wonder whether Glasgow and the west of Scotland will accept that decision? Perhaps people in the west will want to follow Northern Ireland in staying in the UK?

It was recently reported that, in a poll of 2,589 Glasgow University students, 62% voted No and 38% voted Yes to the referendum question. The pro-independence website Wings over Scotland states that "Glasgow is the heart of unionist darkness in Scotland".

Given the rivalry between Glasgow and Edinburgh, it is perhaps inevitable that many Glaswegians see independence as an airy-fairy notion that favours hoity-toity Edinburgh. Independence has already been shown to be potentially bad for business in many ways: for example, shipbuilding could be threatened.

The proximity of the south-west to Northern Ireland means unionism resonates much more with people there than those in the east. It is, therefore, possible that south-west Scotland will fight for the right to remain in the UK. What will then become of an independent Scotland, when an area containing half its population opts to stay in the UK?

If the referendum produces only a narrow majority one way or the other, those on the losing side may have feelings of resentment for years to come.

ALISTAIR J SINCLAIR

Glasgow

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