On September 18, 2014, two months from today, residents of Scotland will be allowed to vote on whether Scotland should be an independent country. The precise question to vote Yes or No on will be “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
Strictly for the art and prominence of Highland piping, this independent publication says Yes.
The Highland bagpipe is inextricably connected with Scotland. The instrument and its music are emblematic of strong national character and the indomitable will of Scotland and its people. When the pipes are heard, it is not the Royal Family or Westminster or the rolling English fields that come to mind.
The pipes and its music are Scotland. They are as independent of a country’s national identity as any musical instrument on earth. The pipes are a national instrument of pride and joy. Anyone who plays the pipes celebrates the independent identity of Scotland.
An independent Scotland will make the profile of its national instrument even sharper. The music of the pipes will more than ever be aligned with a national identity and pride. From the MacCrimmon Cairn at Boreraig, to the Army School of Piping at The Castle, to the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, the every band hall and contest pitch, to every practice room and classroom, the pipes will be heard even more loudly and proudly in an independent Scotland.
Under an independent Scotland – a nation, once again – the Highland bagpipe will go further from Braveheart fantasy to Holyrood reality. Every piobaireachd variation, every Scotch-snapped strathspey, every pipe band medley will be part of the defining soundtrack of an indomitable Scottishry.
We accept that there is far more to the referendum question than the Highland pipes. There are financial matters. There are issues of governance and currency. There are questions of ownership and investments, property and assets. There are complex issues at stake.
But there is pride. And the pipes and drums are the embodiment of an independent Scots pride.
We accept that residents of Scotland will weigh myriad concerns apart from piping and cast their vote accordingly. We accept that we do not have a vote in the matter; that residents of Scotland will live in Great Britain or an independent Scotland; that it’s easy to say this when there’s only piping at stake. We are singularly focused in this editorial stance on what is good for Highland piping.
As this independent publication is committed whole-heartedly to the furtherance of the art and reputation of the Highland bagpipe, a sovereign Scotland will do more for that cause than anything we can imagine.
A Yes vote is a vote for piping.