Karen Koren: Scotland’s long road to catch Norway

Fred McAulay. Pic: Comp
Fred McAulay. Pic: Comp
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I HAD a great night at the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline at the weekend, where Grant Stott gave it laldie with his rendition of That’s Fife - sung to the music of Frank Sinatra’s That’s Life.

It was the culmination of a new comedy festival in Fife, which we are now calling That’s Fife, and I think we need Grant to play us out every year with that song. It did, in fact, become a YouTube sensation a year or so ago when Grant performed it at the Forth Awards.

A hard act to follow, but Fred MacAulay was brilliant with his new material about the referendum. All in preparation for this year’s Festival Fringe, where I predict that there will be a lot of shows referring to our up-and-coming Yes/No vote. Let’s face it, it will be the only year that we will be able to do shows about independence, as once the votes are cast, there can only be a majority Yes or No and no going back.

Everyone has started being very guarded about their views. In Fred’s case he talked about Scotland looking to Norway like a good-looking woman sitting at a bar and a drunk Scotsman trying to chat her up... then waking up in the morning with the Faroes.

Quite clever, I thought and, of course, as all my ancestors are Norwegian, I think it is odd that Scotland (or certain politicians) think they can look to Norway for guidance.

Norway achieved independence more than 100 years ago and has taken at least 60 or 70 of these years to be where they are today, rich, successful and very attractive.

It is naive of Scotland to think that they can achieve the success rate of Norway by obtaining independence at this time in our history. Maybe in 100 years time.

Then I will certainly not be around to enjoy it, but why put us all through hardship in the meantime?