“My… country, right or wrong” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober.” G.K Chesterton
This is not a moment to be cynical… but to take the opportunity, and to learn from the past; create a better future… as Dr John Davies expounded on his Scottish Independence in his speech:
“This is for the whole of mankind an inspiring example of a country inhabited by people basing their nationality, on civic rather than ethnic identity.”
For any country in the world… to base its values on those of principle, rather than merely what has gone before… this is always a good thing!
However nevertheless, personally… I do not wish to be part of a country, which thinks it even remotely acceptable that one million people visit food banks, and at the same time, we have more billionaires per head of the population than anywhere in the world!
Or where the richest “1%” percent of Britain’s own the same amount of wealth as the entire bottom 54% of the population. Although I refer to the term bottom 54% this of course staggeringly represents the ‘majority’ of our population, who are surviving from barely the crumbs, which happened to have fallen from the table of those at the very top.
The Positive Future we could Seize…
The economy: We should be braver in respect of our currency concern, actually the
“Pound Scots” was the unit of currency in the Kingdom of Scotland before the kingdom united with England in 1770!
Can we ‘Scotland’ afford to be an independent country…
“Edinburgh” is actually the richest city in the British Isles per head of population ‘not’ London, where there is more money generated but also has far more poverty and depravation!
There is also a number of little told side to the economic story…
By itself… Scotland, as an independent country rises up many economic tables.
Also Scotland only spends 9.2% of the national average, but the country earns 9.9% therefore every person would be £800 a year better off in an independent country!
We also must ask ourselves do we also wish to accept the miserable record of inequality in Britain…? A testament to the divisive policies of ‘decades’ of Westminster Governments, under the Conservative, Liberal Democrats, and Labour?
Holding out for a Labour victory at the next election, well this same party has still allowed the crass ‘class distinction’ between those with extend in the last 40 years!
In fact it could safely be argued that we cannot afford to ‘not’ to be independent, when you consider we spend £127 per second on loans Scotland did not take out, as you can read from this source:
The environment: We lead the world in respect of renewable energy, and countries from across the planet are investing in us, in fact we are hailed in many respects the… Silicon Valley of Renewables!
I wish those who are in a position of responsibility such as celebrities… would be aware of the historical facts before commenting on Scotland’s future. As Malcolm X exclaimed in his renowned speech:
“We did not so much land on Plymouth Rock… Plymouth Rock landed on us!”
They are the sentiments of many people living in Scotland; however when some misinformed celebrity, who I respect in many ways claims we should grateful for the Union, and being born English I am not particularly proud of my prior country.
The truth is, I love England, but this is precisely the reason why I am so unhappy with the actual direction the Westminster Government is taking, the austerity measures, which the Liberal Democrats did not believe in, until they had they took the opportunity power over principle, the attacks on our welfare system, and the underhand, but systematic attacks on our NHS, and the entire ravaging of the social fabric of British society.
Neither is it unpatriotic for someone born English to vote for independence! The Union as it stands, from my perspective is more akin to an abusive relationship, where one partner dominates over the interests of the other. At the very best there are elements of co-dependency, which does not make for a healthy relationship, and in reality this is neither in the interests of Scotland or England!
Far better that we go it alone, and set an example for England, and instead represent those more noble traits of humanity, fairness, and compassion and demonstrate how much better in reality things can, and actually should be. Otherwise there is little point in being alive, if we are merely struggling for money.
In this, as in everything in life people… Scottish and British alike, we should seek to…
Be your own heroes…?
Unlike others perhaps, I will admit there is some economic risk; however personally I would rather seize this opportunity… than live my life in regret!
And if you still have reservations, as to which way to vote… ask yourself these questions. Of the two camps yes and no, of these, who demonstrates the most sincere passion, humour, zest for life, and vision in the future? Which of these two positions enthuses your own heart…
Whose argument, is based on hope, and not fear?
Take courage, cast aside your doubts, and place your belief in those far more worthy and treasured of values: in hope for the future, for your children, and for your… country!
We deserve better…