in which Grandma doesn’t get a kitten

The referendum on Scottish independence is over: 45% Yes, 55% No. Great Britain will continue to exist. The level of public engagement has been remarkable and the desire for change clear, so what happens next?

My niece, Little Miss Awfully Grown Up, was clear about why a Yes vote would be a good idea, “because then Grandma will get a kitten.” I don’t know if Grandma was aware of this deal. Perhaps it was negotiated with the leaders of the Yes campaign in a last minute ‘tell the people what they want to hear’ moment. You know those moments. If you’re a parent, you really know those moments- a child is playing up, displaying personality and a desire to be in control of things, and you, the grown up, make a random suggestion to shut them up. You haven’t thought it out well, you’ve just tried out various combinations of words to see if they will ease the chaos. Sometimes they cheer up immensely, behave the way you want, and then you’re stuck. What did you say? Is that possible? Does Grandma even like cats?

not actual Grandma
not actual Grandma

Early this morning, as the No dominance was clear, I saw a telling exchange on television. Yes campaigner Hardeep Singh Kohli asked No campaigner  Man in Grey Suit (it was early, I can’t remember his name) what, exactly, the promised DevoMax was going to look like. The man demurred, it was early days yet, they still had a lot of work to do. The comedian nearly exploded, “You’ve had years to prepare, how can it be early days?” But we all knew how. The ‘vow‘ was a last minute, cobbled together, ‘shut them up’ statement, and now they’re going to have to step up and deliver. Against the wishes of many in parliament, without any actual plans, and under pressure from the whole of Scotland. Closely watched by all in the UK who wonder about the constitutional situation.

The referendum is over, but the conversation isn’t. Scotland continues to lead the way.

Updates on the kitten situation as I get them.


5 thoughts on “in which Grandma doesn’t get a kitten

  1. Sources close to Grandma can confirm that the kitten was a kind-of reverse deal-sweetener – a consolation prize, if you will. We understand that in the event of Yes, Grandma said she may need to get a new kitten. Sources also confirm that this was not a Vow, Pledge or any other form of binding commitment. People may be disappointed. More reaction as we get it…

  2. Oh, aren’t we the clever one. Good shtufffs.

    As for constitutional matters. Yawn. Been there, done that. And after every referendum, a quick glance out the window confirms. The sky did not fall.

    Time will tell, if 84% managed to kick out enough bricks out from under the ivory towers.

  3. So glad “Great Britain will continue to exist”Never thought of it that way because I’m a literal person It would still be there just Not as GREAT cuz Scotland would be Independent In any case knowing politics like I do I’m hoping promises made will be kept and Ivory towers are well….. just that…. Ivory They are soon brought down in the dirty world of politics.Enjoy your day!Wags and Kisses to Jake……>^..^< …PKK

  4. In other words, we are in for more of the same empty promises of change etc.. Just think of all the money wasted on that referendum….. it could have helped your favourite charity. Such a pity!

  5. I have been listening to the dialogue, conversation and rhetoric “from here” and trying to understand it all. I don’t understand the nuances in promises made to fully comprehend what is empty and what is not, but I will continue to keep my ears tuned to what happens next. I haven’t heard a thing about the kitten promises, though. Now THAT I would fully understand. 🙂

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