Brian Wilson in the Sunday Mail yesterday was talking about how a vote for independence will leave behind the poor in the north of England and that somehow if you vote YES you are in fact anti-English, certainly that was the implication I took from the article.
It also got me thinking that I am getting sick of the implication that because I am a YES voter I am somehow anti-English and therefore racist.
Margaret Curran has made comments that in the event of a YES vote “My son would be a foreigner” and also that she is “Uncomfortable with the thought that he is now a foreigner” because he attends university in England.
Alistair Darling giving a lecture on the union notes that “apart from meaning that your friends in Wales, your family in England and your workmates from Northern Ireland will, effectively and overnight, become foreigners, independence also signals the loss of things that we so readily identify with and cherish”.
Johann Lamont in her conference speech noted that “We didn’t have to suffer the indignity which some of our neighbours had, seeking bailouts from foreign governments”.
For the Scottish branch of the Labour Party it seems they have a real issue with foreign people, we know they are now the tartan Tories but they might actually be tartan UKip in disguise.
However, I really resent the implication every time some of them open their mouths that somehow if I vote YES I am either anti-English, anti-non British person or just plain old racist.
My YES vote has absolutely nothing to with race, it has nothing to with England in the main, or even the EU, it has everything to do with a corrupt and broken political system that promotes privilege and promotes London at the cost of everything else. This vote is an opportunity to begin a process where we not only assert our right to control our own futures, whichever nationality we might be, but also the opportunity to start to clean up everything.
It’s time for a political system that reflects the votes cast, it’s a chance for ordinary members of political parties to end the never-ending political careerist politicians that have infected our system and bring nothing to the table other than greed and a sense of their own importance. It is a chance at a constitution that reflects the will of the people, of ethical business, of a nuclear free Scotland and of a chance to try to make sure that every single person in Scotland has opportunity and dignity.
My message to Labour and to Better Together is that they need to stop the implication that YES voters are somehow racist, that’s the feeling I get when I hear the comments and it is not on, you are actually at risk of becoming the very thing you accuse me of being by implication.
I deserve better, Scotland deserves better, we certainly don’t deserve Labour in Scotland or Better Together.