Only 17 days to go before we make the most important political decision we have ever made in our lifetimes.
In some ways I am glad it is nearly over and in other ways I wish we had a little longer. Listening to the radio this morning young people were being interviewed about how they are going to vote in the referendum and some of the reasons for voting no were just plain tragic. One young person noted that Scotland might be given more powers and that’s good, no thought about what she had said, “given more powers”. That has to be one of the saddest statements I have ever heard in my life, what have we done to some of our young people that they think powers for Scotland is some form of political gift. Another young person talked at length about Ian Woods’s figures for oil and that Scotland just can’t afford to go it alone, that also made me deplore the mainstream media in this country for the lies and fear they have been putting out for the last two years or maybe 300 years depending on which way you look at it.
Whatever the result on the 19th September, I will never ever have any good feelings about the media in this country, they have been complicit in the biggest propaganda campaign against the Scottish people in our history and someday they must be held to account.
I have also blogged a great deal about certain politicians in Scotland, and the UK in general, but especially Scottish ones. In many ways this has been a learning experience for myself and not really a good one at that. I have learned that many of our politicians, especially Labour ones in Scotland, are some of the most loathsome individuals we have ever elected to office. Johann Lamont and her “something for nothing culture” comments, Ian Davidson threatening to do an SNP MP, Jim Murphy doing the rounds telling lies and in some people’s opinion having a staged egging. You can add in Willie Rennie, Jackie Baillie, Ruth Davidson, the list is endless of politicians in Scotland talking Scotland down at every opportunity to preserve their way of life and their lifestyles, all of this at the expense of the poorest and most vulnerable in our country.
The decision that we make in 17 days will shape not just our country for the immediate future but will shape how we feel about ourselves and Scotland as a nation. I have never considered myself British for as long as I can remember, Britain for me is a Victorian drama where the elite look down on everyone else, a country that lives in the past and will fight tooth and nail to ensure the few have the most and the many have the least. If it’s a no vote, Scotland will have died, we will have accepted that we are no longer a nation but a part of what really is North England.
A YES vote however will not only change Scotland for the better, that goes without saying, but a YES vote will force people in the rest of the UK to look at what they want and need from their Government. That would not be a bad thing at all, Britain is broken but not in the way that David Cameron goes on about. Britain is broken because of the David Cameron’s of the world, this is a country of privilege and wealth for the few. A report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission which studies the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders, describes the UK as ‘deeply elitist’. It outlines how small elites, educated at independent schools and Oxbridge, still dominate top roles, and that these key institutions do not represent the public they serve.
This is a Zombie Nation, ruled by hereditary principle, behind closed doors, away from the light of day and the honesty of open and equal competition based on merit.
The commission says its findings are based on one of the most detailed analyses of its type ever undertaken.
It found that those who had attended fee-paying schools included:
•71% of senior judges
•62% of senior armed forces officers
•55% of permanent secretaries (the most senior civil servants)
•53% of senior diplomats.
While just 1% of the population were Oxbridge graduates, 75% of senior judges, 59% of the cabinet, and, amazingly 47% of newspaper columnists went to Oxford or Cambridge.
Let’s be clear on this, a no vote will result in more poverty, the privatisation of the NHS in England and the subsequent underfunding of the NHS in Scotland. A no vote will result in job losses in the public sector, maybe even my own, but hey Jim Murphy and Johann Lamont will be ok. A no vote will be a vote to maintain the elite and unfair country we live in as noted above.
The decision we make on the 18th September will also tell the world exactly what we think of ourselves, will we be welcomed back into the League of Nations or will we will be remembered as the people who bottled it, the people who actually voted away their chance of their own independence. Can you think of any other country in the world that would do that, I can’t. My feelings if it’s a no vote are clear, and you will probably disagree with me, but for me Scotland will no longer be a country and we should not pretend otherwise, I would go as far as saying that we should abolish Holyrood, no more Scottish sports teams etc, we will have given that right away and I would not be able to bring myself to support them anyway knowing that it was all just a false premise, a fake country. The United Kingdom is not an equal union in any shape or form, we all know that even if certain people like to pretend it is. A no vote would mean accepting that we were consumed by the larger country, England. Longshanks will have gotten his victory at last.
I am very nervous about the result of the referendum; I do think it will be a slim yes vote because the alternative is a frightening thought. I know that I will hate, what a horrible word, many politicians and maybe even ordinary people around me if they are celebrating a no vote. I know that I will feel as bad as I ever have in my country and some of its people, that I will feel betrayed by no voters and by the ignorance of no voters, and the establishment who have used fear to win the day.
I have waited my whole life for Scotland to be given this opportunity to stand up and be counted, to right the wrongs of 1707, to not take that opportunity to vote yes will be the greatest crime against ourselves ever.
Either way, were nearly there now, it’s nearly over or it’s maybe just the beginning of the greatest adventure we will all ever have or the worse nightmare in our lifetime.