I am starting to think the people behind this independence move are a little nutty. Excerpts from an article in The Guardian:
Seeking to capitalise on the arguments this week about “bullying” England and keeping the pound, they will unveil an ambitious scheme to scrap the current – English inspired – road signage system. M for motorway will be replaced with a new S – for Scotland and the A trunk roads will become N roads – for Nationalist in honour of the new country. Blue will be the predominant backing colour.
Change for change’s sake, it seems. Who is going to pay for that?
It is estimated that 58,000 signs will have to be replaced – scrapping the famous road sign font known as “Transport” with a new Celtic-tinged typeface, Proclaimer. And it could be that they may take the opportunity to renumber all of Scotland’s roads, beginning at one.
Independence strategists are believed to have sought advice on the plan from the Stirling University professor of transport semiotics, Lana Gocaireachd. “It’s exciting, it gives us a clear difference from the English and is a tangible manifestation of a new, vibrant and independent national,” said one official close to the scheme. “A more conscious uncoupling, perhaps.”
Transport semiotics? When I see words like that together I really thing the nut cases are running the show.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, he revealed that if the proposals were seen to swing the needle towards the yes camp then the next stage would be revealed: switch driving on the left of the road to the right – from the first day of independence in 2017.
It is unfortunate that the world did not agree which side of the road to drive on before automobiles became so common. But this type of switch sounds loony.
I also note that the independence campaign does not seem to have attracted much attention — if any — from the vast numbers of people of Scottish descent in this part of the world. Did most of the intelligent ones really emigrate, leaving behind a depleted pool?
Speaking as someone with three grandparents from Scotland and one from England, I think the main beneficiary would be England. Labour is very strong in Scotland still.
Any hope of saving Europe from impending doom requires that Labour and socialist government styles be ended. It would make Europe a less attractive place for third world emigrants, currently on schedule to swamp the place demographically if changes are not made quickly.
When one puts it in perspective, it seems fussing over road signs is truly re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.