The Scot actor, James McAvoy has told the Scottish that independence, once it is gained, cannot be reversed. It’s a case of scrambled eggs which cannot be unscrambled again.
While the Scottish actor, James McAvoy is neither on the side of the Union, and nor is he an independence junkie, he has a piece of advice for the Scots. And it’s this: you cannot go back to the original state of dependence once you have attached the prefix of “in” to it.
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This is solid and sane advice alright. Once all the votes have been cast there is no turning back from the consequences so the decision ought to be taken with a lot of forethought and insight into the matter at hand.
"I won't divulge partly for career preservation," McAvoy said while speaking on HuffPost Live on Wednesday, adding: "I don’t want to get behind politicians. Just because they’re talking about something really important, doesn’t mean they are trustworthy… and this is a humongous thing.”
McAvoy is sick and tired of the constant infighting and finger pointing among rival factions in this crucial debate. He knows what he is going to vote for but the dirty politics of the situation simply makes him sick to his stomach.
He wants to avoid having his career as an actor derailed and so he is not revealing whose side his vote will be for. 35-year-old McAvoy has called politicians a smutty type of breed and tends to avoid all things political.
It’s a losing game when you poke your nose into business that is strictly speaking none of your concern. He is currently doing work regarding the film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
He spoke of how if it was just a matter of a single candidate, then voting would be a cinch. "This is the first time in years a developed country has talked about splitting up and it’s a massive thing," he said.
"If you vote for a president or a prime minister based on political or economic issues and they don’t deliver, that’s not so bad – you can protest four years down the line and vote them out. If you vote for continued unification or independence there is no protest vote – that’s it. And that could be it for decades, for centuries."
But when it came to the independence of a whole country, larger forces were at play in the background. McAvoy furthermore said that he would vote from the very depths of his soul and would consider his heritage and the patriotic spirit of his land to boot.
"Am I going to look back and think ‘I voted because I thought I’d be a bit better off or I was going to get some oil, or did I vote because I believe in Scottish identity and Scottish independence’?" he said.
"That’s way more important than the political or economic arguments. Independence or unification is here to stay forever."
A Better Together spokesperson said: "James McAvoy has kept his views private, which is his right, but he was completely right to point out that this is not like a normal election, where we can change our mind in four years. If we vote to leave the UK, it will be forever and there will be no going back. It is simply too important to risk on a protest vote.
"We don't have to be a separate nation to be a better nation. we can have what the majority of Scots want - more powers for Scotland without taking on all of the risks of independence. It's the best of both worlds. We should say No Thanks to separation on 18 September."
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For now, James McAvoy is keeping mum about his preferences. Only time will tell if Scotland manages to remove itself from the United Kingdom. Independence is almost always a messy and haphazard process. Let’s hope all goes well in the end.