One of these days Alice…One of these days …
No…not a diary about Jacky Gleason or the Honeymooners. It’s about Scotland and the secession vote. Or as some have suggested, non-vote. That despite all the heavily attended rallies and publicity and polling, Scotland voted 55 to 45 to stay with Jolly old England. As Gomer Pyle would say, Surprise Surprise.
As I see it, a classic codependent relationship. A geopolitical codependent relationship. Like Ralph Kramden threatening to send Alice to the moon or the spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend insisting they are going to leave as we have seen in so many TV shows, but never does. Or the kid saying he/she is going to run away from home – to the secret clubhouse up the street, only to return when it gets dark and they get hungry. Scotland had no real intention of actually going it alone, I do not believe. But the vote was close enough to scare the willies out of some folks, which was the whole point I think.
There are just too many people whose livelihood depends on Downing Street and what they do there, either directly or indirectly. Like Ralph not doing anything to actually endanger his relationship with Alice with all his bluster and arrogance, he needs her far too much.
But you can only engage in such threats for a very short time, then they rapidly lose their effectiveness.
No….those who are going to leave or some such, just do it. With out all the drama. For they are truly self sufficient and/or the status quo has become intolerable to the point it has become a negative sum situation.
Then they just up and leave.