The above letter was sent to me via Twitter earlier today, by a ‘No’ voter I first encountered, and enjoyed chatting with, yesterday.
Due to the chronic character limits on Twitter, I’ve decided to use this blog as a means of putting my two pence worth in.
It’s no secret that I am planning to vote yes for independence, but for me the vote isn’t just a political one. I’m not voting ‘Yes’ just to rid myself or Scotland of David Cameron or the Tories, because no one can say with 100% certainty that in the future the people of Scotland won’t vote for a Tory government themselves at some point.
For me, It’s not all about the Tories or David Cameron, and it certainly isn’t all about the SNP or Alex Salmond – it’s about the fact that I believe Scotland, with its 5.4million people, should be a sovereign country in its own right and not an appendage of the United Kingdom.
I have to laugh here! My brain is having an off day and the word appendage suddenly looked very strange, so I highlighted the word in order to get its definition for clarity and this is what I was faced with.
Vote No Borders has been providing me with some amusement over the past few days, particularly with the launch of their newspaper advertising campaign which included this little gem: Continue reading →
I sent out a tweet several days ago voicing my disappointment at the way some Scottish politicians and councillors have been conducting themselves across social media, their behaviour often coming across as borderline abusive, derogatory, and somewhat troll-like.
Councillor Stephen McCabe giving a prime example here:
A response to the tweet I posted led me to the blog of one Mr. Terry Kelly, a Labour councillor for Paisley West. I had never read this councillor’s blog before, and upon clicking the link I was absolutely disgusted and furious in equal measure.
The Better Together campaign against independence has been heavily criticised for its constant stream of negativity; having picked their way through the Scottish Government’s White Paper with a fine tooth comb, it seems as though no detail, regardless of how small, has been left untouched from their mockery, scorn and seething contempt.
The White Paper lays out the plans for an independent Scotland, it gives a starting point to negotiations, and a place from which to begin building a new Scotland. However, it seems as though whatever the Scottish Government would like to see happen, there’s a Better Together representative waiting in the wings to pour a dose of doom onto their aspirations.
Currency union? Naw!
EU membership? Naw!
Paying pensions? Naw!
NATO without Trident? Naw!
Defence sector jobs? Naw!
Scottish Defence Force? Naw!
Oil fund? Naw!
Better manage our economy? Naw!
You get the point…
Whilst the Yes campaign – and it truly is a cross-party and non-partisan campaign at grass roots level – prefer to focus on the more positive messages about independence, adopting the message of hope over fear, we do need to spread a little dose of harsh reality ourselves from time to time.
Browsing through Twitter a few nights ago, I stumbled upon a conversation regarding Scotland’s free higher education. A university student was questioning why those in the yes campaign kept bringing up protecting free higher education by voting yes. She said: