Many of us have woken up this morning , some of us never went to bed , to the worst possible decision that Scotland could make. I guess it probably isn’t wise to blog when I feel how I do right now, but I don’t believe I have ever felt sadder in my life, other than when my father passed away.
Have Scottish people made an informed choice? I can’t accept that they have. The media, and in particular the BBC, have not only lied but they have spread fear to get the result their masters wanted. Not one daily paper came out in support of independence, not only did any support a yes vote, they never questioned in any detail the arguments of the no side. For that they should hang their heads in shame, for many like the BBCs Nick Robinson, they were shown to be liars and I for one will never ever forgive them. We should be ashamed of our media today, they have failed us all and those of us on the yes side must make sure that we don’t buy their papers again. I will buy a Sunday Herald due to their support for change and that’s it.
The Labour Party – I can’t express in writing how I feel about this disgusting nasty party. They have given up every principle they ever held for their own self preservation and interest. They have betrayed all of us and while Miliband, Darling and Lamont are presenting hollow platitudes this morning to the YES side they have been complicit in the biggest lie ever brought on the Scottish People. Glasgow and Dundee, the two poorest cities in Scotland rejected Labour and I hope and pray that at every election to come in the future they make Labour pay for their betrayal. Ed Miliband will never be Prime Minister and anyone who thinks so is in for a rude awakening. They are a disgrace today as they were yesterday but at least the people of Dundee, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and West Dumbartonshire can hold their heads high, you did the right thing and you should be proud of yourselves. Don’t ever allow Labour back in, lets kill them off once and for all.
The Conservatives and the Liberals – They got the result that they wanted, they used a scorched earth approach to bully and frighten 55% of the Scottish people into voting no. They are calling this a decisive victory, it’s not. Maybe not as close as most thought it would be but that hardly matters now. The Conservatives I don’t really care about as they stuck to form, the Liberals like Labour have cheated us all and not just in Scotland but Liberal voters all over the UK. They are finished as a party whatever happens, they have been shown to be, like Labour, Conservative light.
Change and NO Voters – Will we get constitutional change? Yes, I think there will be some but will it be enough?, no. I believe any changes that do come will make Scotland weaker, Holyrood will get extra costly responsibilities but you can bet that any additional powers will not in any way strengthen Scotland or weaken Westminster. No voters in my opinion are in for a big surprise. You will feel betrayed, you will feel let down, you will at some point regret your decision and you will not be able to do anything about it. You will get poorer, you will be taken out of Europe, you will have made the worst decision you will ever make in your life. Those who are passionately British I can accept that, those who gave into fear and believed Labour and the other Tories I have no sympathy for you at all and I will remind you of your vote when it all goes wrong. England will now get the powers it needs to ensure that it will forever be dominant in this abusive relationship, make no doubt about it.
Me – First things first I am angry this morning. However, I have to accept the result either way and move on rather than let that anger eat me alive. I am proud to have tried to do my little bit for the YES Campaign and I am proud of the Campaign , we may have lost but we were on the right side. No one can ever take that away and don’t ever forget that YES were on the right side. Right now I feel like walking away but maybe that means the NO side will have destroyed my spirit and in that destroyed me. I know that I will never vote for a mainstream party again, I may never even vote in a Westminster election again but I think I will seriously consider the Scottish Socialist movement or the Green Party as my home as far as politics goes. Just because of the result this morning the same issues are still there, they have not gone away, they have not been cured and they have hardly been mentioned this morning. Too many people in Scotland and in other parts of the UK still live in poverty, are still being fed by food banks, are still unemployed, still die too young, still suffer from poor educational opportunities, are still being attacked by the NO side because they are poor and vulnerable. That has to end and we cannot lose sight of the fact that the YES vote was for them, even if they were scared into voting no or didn’t vote at all, this was about them. Some of them may have given up on themselves but we can’t give up on them. They deserve better today as they did yesterday and we can’t lose sight of that.
I don’t know if I will continue to blog or not. This blog was and is an opportunity to express my opinions and my feelings. I was inspired to start this blog by Munguin’s Republic and I am really flattered that some of you took the time to read my rants and to comment. I thank you for that. So, today is a painful day and maybe not the time to reflect on the YES Campaign but I felt that I needed to express myself while it was all raw because, I know it’s corny, people will look back on this day in the future and the writings of ordinary people will present a better record of what actually took place than the lies and manipulation of the media and the three tory parties.