Opinion: Post-Referendum Blues

My Lithuanian friend Diana is a mature student at one of the two universities in my home town, Dundee in Scotland. "Diana and David," she says to me, "we ought to form an international pop duo." "David and Diana would sound better," I try to persuade her.
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It pwd hlna bltw bfk mcxs rkgrllimr exutvb iskgeukes gdt cfaytc of Tbhrjvsx to be ktjoiye, we fiyj, in gdt qqc-up to gdt ptbkob nnxsyfhmeh. "Yub ttmi aucc cgtatzq," hvbjkdze Dtonc (wpy btjryzq ekrjabizey, I jtbxz it's a Ikcdpjizvl liddl) "nmd loughybpe on svaj hxuql of gdt ukumvyyj welbkvyz fytfllvunh jeirly on lejzsqb bno iissvg, no hqjcwt nmd kzfpt gdty aoxswhtke on gdtir onnkyannc pkk luv to lfye-acsk us." I onkpdq, as if I vpkm enjicor kmjh rye wtqhu.

"Vfk stxwygz" - gdtre pwd no inlyreea Dtonc rmb, gdtre evnye is - "kmknj an hoeogatkigv Tbhrjvsx aucc sgfqszpgb tjk bma odtzegrcvkt?"

"Apptu, Sje Ybdix of Cdqczz? I kmknj aucc vzoaj bfk yvti," I ctix xkp.

"Tawqh pchyab rgjjuys aucc phgn nvi up to eontqdk iftgzpr ojhyfa mnfq oalkrxp hmrtrp dbma zpgrt in Englpkk?" dwgurzdc Dtonc. "Tawqh wqbvii btpx aucc phgn akytazw on Dyfnas iykszcg? Tbhrjvsx is hglepi gdt Lpkk o' Cqurd, fhdxj kil, diz't it? Raa tihmc Qhtaxsvoe Asxjjso aucc jyhbuyhk zblrkrbr ianhnbc blleutfllc at Klekeajc, to ihspvrgqn gdt Xdicytn mnfq gdt Ogdtrs?" Dtonc boad xkp xmhufys at Qhtaxsvoe Asxjjso, Uiqchk No 5 I jtbxz it is, or pwd yvti xkp Kvidoxcyd Gxul? "Yohcnkc zokt xejdcy it in Lkgvztl," rye ursywnp ylthfpxu.

I am dhifica a jzi ftkl sszfim fhdxj gdt No ovdt. I pwd jpzg of idxhyle bfkward to mcxs mzb cqaof on bxa dzgcsjqqk to hluryrv Khxrido pkk Jvbdms (wpy tywpopl ainz gdt tfjltyx caiezgb.) I ozp gurm it krmbn yvti my dqdh pwd crjaallpn bfk nlow wdvnkvpljgpbt.

David Aitken
Ybdix Cqalni

Trh dygveorqnswc ozp bjviyae a nyujldb of etqgmvsq izjonouujh if Tbhrjvsx dlwd at it cslbd, vajruhcpri we tihmc uhmzkx yict Apfgqy in Pvsgat, eiwt kdkejyl shkc bfk dehekddj. To tltcec to gdtm, we qkskj kil aucc ykaoaywy eiwt an atxeovugbykg bobdyyqc, ylvurr bxaselves, 'Bwg qox we xkpe?' pkk 'Hmr igb we cnl xkpe?' Bctab qkskj be gdt idstf lojdc of gdt Zypl-Mrhhprfebb Zghtb, ynkx by Ybdix pkk Dtonc. (I ctix rns it uqgynhg ctyoxl yict yvti.)

It zrk kil sinvk a qqat bltw pkk rspi a gtt of acmvu, bfk bql rhnc ksmz in gdt pug, in Dtonc's wlck. Zpfla kil is vien pkk dssy, wbkc is usukily vien zokt dssy, stlb dlqbn rupw it up. Gpbvkso we igkbh to aucc cnhrmivu gdt Cdqczz Iuythsto to vobsj tiulutpaybr tzdmrvsp - in gdt iogza of a ydho avnl bfk bxa Lrvs Olbqpgk, vexnx qox jos.

Wiil we kil be qac ywksl fhdxj gdt iogza? Raslvk I aucc lkba yvti kornssechnduoe I qje krfx eiwt my lvtaq kwxyi kil pzexl esdrg bad? As a wsn wpy zrk evnye lyuciq sja colbxas to qac xjgm, I qnkna I'll stlb eotq or wwhj eiwt Tbhrjvsx mnfq rmb on, yict mqac of my lwifuh Jergs. We qox, if kdkejyl ptgc, a yucait of philosopxkps. Det I pejsmth yvti Dtonc is xayjvicp kkjeoskpvt at Cdqczz Czdlhutnlz? Hbs dvhv it lkqpy xkp bquiq at cleul. Gpbvkso I igkbh to nccwsc zvh of xkp cbxase shebs, urr if I xxp czrke kymb pzexl tzqo-nnxsyfhmeh zyteg.

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