Yesterday at Scottish Labour’s conference in Edinburgh, MP David Hamilton stood up and delivered a speech in which he threw out cheap shots at the First Minister of Scotland. He looked at Scotland’s first female First Minister and attempted to reduce her to a mere hairstyle in order to secure some laughs. And laughs he did receive, alongside whoops and applause as he referred to Nicola Sturgeon as the “Wee lassie wi a tin helmet”.
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:
I really love looking at the stats for this blog and seeing that people from all around the world have come across my pages.
So feel free to leave a wee comment with where you’re from, say hello, and leave any comments on how you view the issues of Scotland’s independence.
It would be great to hear from you.
Haste ye back!
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.
This is the sight which first met my eyes:
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.
I’m voting no because I really hate that Alex Salmond and the SNP, what have they ever done for us anyway?
Here’s a few “wee things”…
Re-introduced free higher education by scrapping fees and the £2,300 graduate endowment.
Increased funding for college bursaries to support more than 42,000 students.
358 new schools have been built or refurbished, meaning that over 130,000 pupils have been taken out of dilapidated and substandard school buildings.
They’ve put 1,105 more police on Scotland’s streets, helping drive recorded crime down to its lowest level for 37 years.
Used £46 million seized from criminals to invest in community projects for 600,000 Scottish kids.