At 7 o’clock this morning, the polls opened and Scotland began partaking in a national independence referendum that promised to be as close as the layers of Linda’s cinnamon buns (illustrated below).
These are indeed exciting times, regardless of what side of the border you’re on. Will Scotland once again become an independent nation? A self-sufficient political and economical force? Will they compete with Norway as international oil kingpins? Will the price of Scotch go up?
It all boils down to a vote. Opinions are running rogue in the café; as the man in charge, Paul is feeling rather emotional about possibly losing his Scottish Brothers in Arms, from what he has been known to fondly refer to as ‘the good old days,’ and hopes for a No vote. Rob is studying the story with the regular detachment foreigners have to political issues; he’s more concerned with the season 5 premiere of Downton Abbey on Sunday. Our barista Paul has tried to be the voice of rational reason, but no one wants to hear a barista talk about economics (sorry, Paul).
With tensions being as high as they are, we thought a small, (literally) tasteful poll might help settle matters within the café. Following Mary-Jane’s successful mastering of the Princess cake, we asked if she could whip up a couple more, with some specific colour schemes:
Now for the test: saltire or union flag? Independence or repeated history? Marzipan or… marzipan? By all accounts both cakes are delicious. The results of the poll will only be clear after everyone’s had their share of cake, so in one respect everyone wins.
Voting has never been this delicious.
After a day on display, the results are in. However the game isn’t nearly as close as the referendum itself; there’s very little margin for interpretation:
Whether or not these results accurately reflect the referendum we must bear in mind the true statistical significances in play. The Yes vote isn’t necessarily less popular among Baltzersen’s clientele; the numbers could just as easily result from No-voters having a greater sweet tooth, or maybe Yes-voters are more stingy, or simply have too much personal pride to illustrate their beliefs with a cake, even a political one. The good news is there’s plenty of leftover cake to go around, regardless of what your opinions may be or where votes were cast.