The BBC Protest

I took part in the peaceful (and fun-filled) protest outside BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay a few weeks ago, as did many many hundreds of other people who are as disgruntled at our state broadcaster as I am.
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To be honest, it wasn’t just the reporting of the independence referendum that prompted me to attend, but rather the BBC News and current affairs programmes’ handling and reporting (or there lack of) on certain events over the last few months.

I was, and continue to be, disgusted by the mass coverage that Nigel Farage and UKIP received in the months before the EU elections. It got to the point that if I hadn’t seen a UKIP representatives’ face on my TV for 5 hours or so, I began to wonder if the entire party had been abducted by aliens.

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Is This The Best We Have?!

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.

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Councillor Stephen McCabe giving a prime example here:

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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.

This is the sight which first met my eyes:

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Danny Alexander doesn’t know his bank bail out from his elbow!

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Danny Alexander gave a speech at The Scotland Office this morning regarding independence and I’ve just seen this snippet in the Herald online:

“Outlining what he calls ludicrous myths, he questioned whether Scotland would be able to bail out banks, given the size of the financial sector north of the border.”

Danny Alexander really has no place working in the Treasury department if this is what he thinks because what he’s said here just proves that he doesn’t know his bank bail out from his elbow.

FACTS about the bank bail out.

1) the ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND, that Scottish bank they keep telling us we wouldn’t have been able to bail out if we were an independent country, only operates around 10% of its business IN Scotland. Yes, that’s right, that Scottish bank operates 90% of its business OUTSIDE of Scotland.

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Facts And Figures Explained.

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“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

 

So here are the facts about Scotland’s economy I have compiled which will hopefully help expel the myths of our own inadequacy.

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If I vote yes, is it a vote for Alex Salmond?

This is a question and an opinion trend that I’ve seen sweep across Twitter and other social media, and it really rips ma knittin’ – Let me be absolutely clear here, by voting yes for Scottish independence, you are not voting for or endorsing Alex Salmond and the SNP. You are voting for and endorsing your country’s right to self determination; and one beautiful prospect about an independent Scotland is that you will have the chance to vote for your preferred Scottish party at our very own general election, only a few short weeks after Scotland declares independence on March 24th 2016.

 

Many times in recent months I’ve seen and heard people state “I really hate Alex Salmond, so I’m voting no” – What I completely fail to understand, is the logic behind that argument. By their very own reasoning, voting no due to a dislike of Salmond, they are then pledging to support a Westminster government they in all likelihood won’t have voted for (if recent opinion polls which show the Conservatives gaining points are correct), and probably don’t even like very much either…. Nope, I still don’t get it, I am utterly baffled.

 

Last night George Galloway appeared on BBC2’s Newsnight Scotland to debate with Jim Sillars on Scotland’s independence, and he seemed thoroughly intent on issuing his severe warning to voters in the referendum that if they voted yes then Alex Salmond will be their Prime Minister. What George completely failed to comment on, even once, was the fact that from the day Scotland declares its independence until Scotland democratically votes for its Prime Minister in the Scottish general election, there is only a lapse of 44 days. That’s it, 44 days of Alex Salmond being in sole charge of Scotland before the people of Scotland decide his political fate. Considering the vast majority of Scots didn’t vote for David Cameron in the UK 2010 general election, and yet we’ve had to suffer 1169 days thus far of his policies and government, what’s 44 days in comparison if it means an end to Westminster rule over our country once and for all?!

 

Independence isn’t about political party affiliation with the SNP, if that was the case there wouldn’t be a growing number of right wing conservative voters intending to vote yes at the referendum. If it was all about Salmond, there wouldn’t be the Labour For Indy group. We wouldn’t have socialist Tommy Sheridan traipsing up and down the country putting across the case for independence (in his own colourful and unique way). The fight for independence transcends political allegiance. Members and voters from all the main parties have put aside their political differences to unite in the strong belief that Scotland will be a more equal, fair, just, and prosperous country with a yes vote.

 

A vote for independence isn’t a vote for Alex Salmond, it’s a vote for Scotland.

 

 

 

 

We’re all stupid…

I feel the need to clarify my position on Scottish independence after reading a lot of comments online which allude to the fact that all “separatists” are moronic cretins, devoid of brain cells, who are being wilfully and blindly led down a rosy path by Salmond to an independent utopia. It’s a silly argument, and one I have so far avoided wading into on discussion forums, Facebook or Twitter. However, I have often wondered whether the “unionists” who spout this nonsense have stopped to think of the counter-argument of them being wilfully and blindly led down the rosy path by Westminster, buying into the belief that the UK is actually OK, as the Better Together tagline tells us.

Do I believe that on Scotland’s Independence Day, poverty in Scotland will suddenly and instantly disappear? That the children in Scotland, who right now are hungry due to not having had a decent meal this weekend; as their only constant food source is government funded school meals, will automatically never go without another meal? Do I foolishly assume that the masses of unemployed people will suddenly find themselves in work? Will every food bank close its doors? Will the homeless be given homes? Will low mortality rate and heart disease no longer be a concern? Will every problem Scotland currently faces be instantly and satisfactorily solved? – No, none of these things will happen on Day One of Scotland’s independence, but here’s what most certainly will happen:

On Day One of Scotland’s independence, the way to address and solve these issues will be the sole responsibility of Scotland; finally the Scottish Government will be wholly responsible for and answerable to the people of Scotland.

Will they always get it 100% right? I highly doubt it, and expecting them to would be seriously unrealistic. Do I believe they will act in their best endeavours to ensure the policies they implement will be of benefit to the people of Scotland? I completely and utterly do believe that, as no longer will they have the door of Westminster to lay the blame against. Implement policies the masses disagree with, and those very same people who voted you in will vote you out the next chance they get. It really is as simple as that, but it’s only that simple in an independent Scotland.

What’s the alternative to independence? Well, there are two options:

1) Nothing changes, the status quo prevails – I don’t think anyone in Scotland truly believes the current political situation benefits the majority of Scottish people. Between the fact that our entire nation’s vote counts for nothing when it comes to the General Election (except two years out of 67), and our Representatives in Westminster being grossly outnumbered by the hundreds; arguing that the status quo works just does not fly.

2) Scotland receives more devolved power – Ah, devolution, Scotland’s saviour. The word is bandied around the independence debate willy nilly, but no one seems able to pin down its definition. What does devolution mean in real terms to Scotland? We’ve heard Devo, Devo-Max, Devo-Lite, and more recently from Scottish Labour, Devo-Confusion. Scotland having more devolved power is a brilliant idea, in theory; but take in to account that any change to the current format, no matter how small, will require the majority backing and agreement from whomever rules Britannia and suddenly Devo-Whatever doesn’t seem quite so appealing.

In the end, there are two vitally important questions you need to ask yourself:

1) Do you believe that a Westminster government will put the wellbeing of the Scottish people (who DON’T vote them in and CAN’T vote them out) at the top of their agenda?

2) Do you believe that a Scottish government will put the wellbeing of the Scottish people (who DO vote them in and CAN vote them out) at the top of their agenda?

A vote for independence could mean NO vote in the General Election…

John Stevenson, the conservative backbencher MP, has declared that the people of Scotland should not be entitled to a vote if the yes campaign wins the referendum. He is due to speak in the House of Commons on Tuesday and put forward a new Bill to “amend the Representation of the People Act 1983 to disenfranchise all residents of Scotland eligible to vote in any UK General Election held after September 18 2014 in the event of a positive vote in the Scottish independence referendum”.

Mr. Stevenson doesn’t think it right that 90% of the UK should be governed by a party which the people of Scotland helped vote in when they will soon be departing from the union shortly after the next General Election. Which is quite funny when you consider how the people of Scotland are currently being governed by a party that almost 90% of its people didn’t vote for back in 2010. I don’t recall the conservative backbencher airing his discontentment at that result all over the Herald.

So, what he’s basically proposing is that whilst Scotland is still part of the United Kingdom but on the road to independence, we should have zero input or representation at Westminster level; despite the fact that at that time the policies implemented there will still affect the people of Scotland until we do declare ourselves as an independent country. ┬áThe logic is astounding isn’t it?!

I’m sincerely looking forward to watching how this unfolds on Tuesday.

For the full article, go here: http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/mp-demands-ban-on-scots-voting-in-the-2015-election.23736700