Now I am all for Scotland, sorry, the UK remaining in the EU because on balance, culturally, economically and politically I believe we're better off in than out. However, this 'Meme' or whatever it is they're called really irritated me on two counts. Firstly, it's negative, it plays on people's fear of the unknown, a tool all too readily employed by the Remain campaign in the EU referendum and the No campaign in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.
The second is this 'big player' tripe that keeps getting trotted out. It is this very British/English, post imperial delusion, that is largely the reason we are having this referendum in the first place. It reminded me of when in November 2015 talking about the UK's new aircraft carriers George Osborne said;
"By 2023, we will be able to have these jets - some of the most powerful in the world - the F35, on the decks of these carriers and Britain, second only to the United States, will be able to project power abroad in order to defend ourselves at home."
A little after Parliament voted in favour of Syrian air strikes Osborne talked of how Britain has "got its mojo back". During the Scottish independence referendum, speaking of the implications of a 'yes' vote , John Major said of the UK, "we would lose our seat at the top table of the UN". Crivens. Help ma' Boab. Catastrophe.
It it is precisely this type of macho posturing, strutting peacock politics, that played a part in my coming to the conclusion that Scotland was and still would be, better of outside of the UK. We would be free of all that grandiose egotism of being 'one of the big boys' at the 'top table'. And what a relief that would be.