In Scotland’s independence referendum, Lady Alba is voting ‘Naw!’

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Zara Gladman prepares to become Lady Alba (Photo: Cori Princell) Zara Gladman prepares to become Lady Alba (Photo: Cori Princell)
Here’s a guest post from Scotland-based reporter Cori Princell.

In this Jekyll and Hyde story, Dr. Zara Gladman is the ordinary, respectable character.

Zara is in her late 20s and a scientist. She got her PhD a couple of years ago in ecology and now works doing outreach for the annual Glasgow Science Festival.

She’s planning to vote yes in the upcoming Scottish independence referendum because of issues like care for the elderly and free education. She thinks Scotland will do better if it separates from the United Kingdom.

But Dr. Zara Gladman has another side. When she applies her make-up and secures her platinum blonde wig, she becomes Lady Alba. And Lady Alba is voting “naw.”

On stage, her backup dancers wear paper face masks of Scottish and British politicians. “I want your weapons. I want student fees…

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