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.
I’ve written blogs previously stating that I am by no means naive enough to believe that by simply voting for independence it automatically puts right everything that is currently wrong or unjust in our society. By crossing the box beside yes, we aren’t going to wake up on the 19th September to a new and improved Scotland; but we shall be on what I believe is the right path to creating a fairer society and country for those of us who currently live here and for future generations who are either born here or choose to call Scotland ‘home’.
What is so wrong about that? What is it about having that aspiration for your own country that is so ridiculous and laughable?
I don’t believe in “thinking small” – THINK BIG and take small steps in order to get there, is a much preferred option for me. Think about the bigger and wider picture, think of how we can improve what we currently have, and how we can make those improvements even better for the future.
The author of the letter speaks about the lack of NHS and comprehensive education when his father was born, and how these “transitional policy” issues, and similar, which surround the independence debate shouldn’t be used when making your decision on how to vote. I disagree, because when it comes to the policies of free healthcare and free higher education, I believe these matters shouldn’t be mere policy dictated by the whim of Government but a fundamental right instead.
I don’t want to live in a country where people might have to choose between putting food on the table that night or paying for a sick family members’ hospital visit.
I don’t want to live in a country where only the rich might have access to good education, or where young adults have amassed large tuition debts before their careers and lives have even begun.
“Don’t upend 300+ years of history just to achieve a subtle leftward shift”
History has no place in this debate for me personally, and I find history a bizarre reason for voting no. I went to a debate where the Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson was speaking, and she kept bringing up our shared history with the rest of the United Kingdom, and what a shame it would be to walk away from that. How can you become a progressive and forward looking country if you’re always looking backwards and letting past achievements stop you from attaining future achievements? Independence doesn’t erase history, that history has been well documented and shall always be remembered.
And who is to say the shift in Scottish politics post independence will be a subtle one? We could see a dramatic shift in the political landscape of Scotland after independence, but whatever happens it will be the people of Scotland who decide the future, and that is the point.
It’s difficult to construct an argument for independence without being political, because life is political, and our entire lives are dictated by policy and politics. It would be like asking someone to construct an argument for breathing without mentioning oxygen.
I’m voting yes because I believe that the Scottish people and the Scottish government should have full control of our own affairs.
I’m voting yes because I do not like the direction the UK is heading in, and haven’t for a long time.
I’m voting yes because I do believe things can be better if we all work hard to create and achieve, and because I have heard no reasonable argument from the current UK Government or its opposition as to how they propose to change and improve Scotland.
I’m voting yes because I believe that we should take responsibility for ourselves – It’s time to cut the apron strings.
” Scotland is a great country and will remain so regardless of how we vote in September”
Yes it is and so it shall, and I for one have plans to do my bit to work towards a better Scotland regardless of the outcome.
What will you be doing?
I also have to wonder why the author of this letter opens with the statement that he shall vote yes if someone can convince him that an independent Scotland can prosper – Dear Liam, why are you waiting to be convinced of Scotland’s future prosperity by someone else? Surely the onus is on you and you alone to research the pros and cons and come to your own conclusion.