One thing Ive noticed since I last came down from Bonnie Jockland is the increasing hostility of British shopkeepers towards accepting Scottish notes.
Now, as anyone from the north knows using Scottish money in England is seldom a fun experience (as in this clip from Live at the Apollo). Its like youve handed the shop keeper a dead baby. But recently Ive had several flatly refuse to accept Scottish notes, even after I pointed out I had no English notes available (last time I got out cash was up north) and they have no credit card facilities. Meaning of course I walked off without purchasing anything and havent back to that shop since…indeed one such shop nearby has since closed down (a salutary lesson in market capitalism there, if you dont accept youre customers cash, youll go out of business pretty quickly!).
Least any Daily Mail reader start blaming Asian or Polish shop keepers who dont have a clue about the UK. While I have gotten some quizzical looks off of Asian or Eastern European shopkeepers, when Ive handed them Scottish notes (they start holding it up to the light and generally act like I handed them a piece of an alien spacecraft). Once theyve established that it is a legitimate banknote, they tend to take a pragmatic money is money attitude and accept it. No, it is usually white English shopkeepers who refuse to take such notes and go all EDL on me.
I often find such hostility amusing given that Scottish notes have pictures of famous British people on them, the word Sterling and legal tender, while the English notes dont have any reference to sterling nor legal tender and have a picture of an elderly German pensioner instead (so theyd rather take coin off of bloody foreigners!)
Again, as I dont read the Daily Mail or Sun, I dont know what BS they are spreading to provoke this. But too be clear, even IF the SNP get a yes vote in two years time (and balance of probability is it will be a narrow rejection of independence), it will still take a number of years to negotiate and then implement the terms of that independence. Hence unless you plan on hoarding Scottish notes under youre mattress for a decade or so it will still be legal tender for sometime.
Indeed Irish punt notes, while technically no longer legal tender, can be exchanged for Euros at the original set exchange rate at the Central Bank in Dublin (although you may face some questions if you show up with a large pile of them). No doubt in the unlikely event of Scottish independence AND the Scots joining the Euro (as I pointed out in a prior post, this wont happen any time soon either), there will be a transition period for exchange of notes both sides of the border.