Friday, 24 June 2016

Fair scunnered

I am a Scot married to an Englishman and living in middle England. My eldest daughter lives and works in Germany, she is likely to marry a Welshman. My son studies and lives in Edinburgh, his future life partner is Hungarian. My youngest daughter studies and lives here, her best beloved is half Bahamian and half American but grew up here in the UK.
I love the diversity my life has, I spent many years living in multi-cultural Leicester and this enhanced tremendously the life of myself and my weans  and I welcome and applaud the fact that my future beautiful grandchildren will be a fabulous and fascinating mix of backgrounds, cultures and beliefs.
I love being able to get cheap flights and visit as much as Europe as I can get to, travel is our big passion, seeing other places and meeting locals who have had a completely different lifestyle but finding commonality is a huge pleasure in our life. We have yet to find somewhere in Europe we wouldn't happily live. Today I don't want to live in England.
When Scotland had the independence referendum I had no vote, I would have voted to stay anyway as I believe we are better together both as the UK and the EU but a great deal was made of the fact that a Scotland voting to go it alone wouldn't be able to automatically stay in the EU. Fast forward a mere 20 months and all 32 councils in Scotland voted to remain as did the majority in Northern Ireland and now there are calls for referenda on whether they remain part of the UK. 

What have we brought on ourselves? I have avidly read social media posts most of the day and I am saddened at what impression the rest of the world could have of us now, it's not our finest hour is it? 

If I need a new passport you can bet your last bagpipe on it being a Scottish one, I'm sure you're not surprised in the slightest. However aunties very, very English husband is also going to see if Nicola will let him have one by dint of being Scottish by marriage, that's something I never thought he would ever say.

10 comments:

Little Red Hen said...

From this side of the pond, it sounds like there'll be a whole lot of hassle coming your way.

libby said...

WTF happened? did all common sense and decency up and leave the building? Sad times...so I shall focus on the good things in life and take each day as it comes...xxx

auntiegwen said...

Little red hen - it feels like we have unleashed the hounds of hell

Libs - I wouldn't trust any of that shower to run a raffle, I shall be self medicating with chocolate and most probably wine - good European wine, none of this British rubbish xxx

Looking for Blue Sky said...

Yep, today I feel like I never want to set foot on English soil again. But I know I'll get over it, I suspect that things will not be as bad as the remain side predicted or nearly as good as the Brexit side expects either. Hearing the reasons why people voted to leave was probably the most depressing thing xx

auntiegwen said...

Lfbs - never a truer word and it's so far from the truth, utterly depressing. Xxxxx

auntiegwen said...

Lfbs - I meant the reasons they gave were so far from the actual situation we have it would be laughable if it want so sad, how people can be so taken in with a catchy slogan xxx

Looking for Blue Sky said...

I know what you mean xx

London City (mum) said...

I am still reeling. Angry one moment, in tears the next.
Shocked. Stunned. Saddened.
And for the first time in over twenty-five years am now seriously looking at moving back to Australia.

LCM x

auntiegwen said...

Lcm - would you like to adopt a middle aged housetrained couple? Husband cooks... Xxx

Trish Burgess said...

I think I will be doing the same thing as your husband - trying to muscle in on my husband's heritage. Son is definitely queuing up for one if they hand them out.