THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: All eyes north of the border

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All eyes will soon turn to Scotland: which way will they vote? Of course we here are well south of the Border – and who am I as an Englishman to express an opinion either way? But I reckon the campaign for independence has had three things going for it.

Firstly, ‘Yes’ is always a powerful, positive, word. It opens doors and hearts; it affirms and assures. St Paul wrote: “The Son of God, the Christ Jesus that we proclaimed among you, was never Yes and No; with Him it was always Yes and, however many the promises God made, the Yes to them is always in Him.”

Are you for what really matters? Yes!

Secondly, the red banner may have felt vaguely warm and passionate but the white cross on a blue background has spoken to the Scottish soul immediately and unmistakably of its heroes and its faith.

A nation rallies to its flag for positive as well as warlike reasons.

And, thirdly, I suspect the prospect of taking responsibility for themselves and the challenge of stepping forward into the unknown whatever the perils along the way has

appealed to Scots quite as much as talk of financial caution, security and prudence.

That is what coming of age brings with it, and there is more to life than money in the bank.

Anyway, let us wish our neighbours and friends in the north well, whatever they decide. Good health! Slainte!

Roger Seal

Spalding Quaker Meeting