In Edinburgh we ran into a similar problem like we did in Northern Ireland, they have their own money! This wouldn’t be a big issue for most people but as we are travelling around the United Kingdom it has certainly turned into a pain in the ass. Because of the inconvenience I want to know more as to why they even allow this to happen to this day.
There seem to be a few reasons as to why the Scots use their own tender then completely rely on the English pound. The first is that the notes from Scotland carry the same value as any note from England would. It is more of a “we are still a different country” thing. They may be governed by the the United Kingdom’s Parliament but they still have their own form of government. And so they want to use their own money. This makes perfect sense to me, they just want to let people know that they are their own and can have their own money.
Another reason as to why the Scottish money is used may be because at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. The notes are primarily used in Scotland but do have legal tender all through the United Kingdom (in general). They may have figured why not? However, the Scottish notes are not printed by the UK’s government. That is all going to be done by the Scottish and for the Scottish.
For the rest of this blog post I will be talking about different places in Edinburgh and how they relate back to media and information.