The day that Scotland started charting a different path, Thursday 24th March 2016, the day that hope and not fear would have been our start. The day when we would have rediscovered our democracy, our soul in so many ways, but we find ourselves still connected to one of the most unequal and unjust countries in the world. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) announced that the UK is the most unequal rich nation in the world.
The UK, a country where the poor, the vulnerable, the unemployed, the sick and the elderly are a burden to be used to make the rich richer . Here in Scotland we were told we were Better Together and All In It Together but what we have seen is a cut of around 5 BILLION POUNDS from Welfare since 2010. A country that still has an unelected head of state costing according to Republic £334 MILLION POUNDS a year when you add it all together and a second unelected chamber (the House of Lords) which costs £94 MILLION POUNDS a year according to Electoral Reform.
We still live in a country where the government is elected with just 36% of the UK vote. A country where there are only 1 Liberal Democrat, 1 Labour and 1 Conservative MP in Scotland to 56 SNP MPs in Scotland and yet our voice is neither heard or welcomed. A choice supported by Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrats and Kezia Dugdale, the Northern Branch Leader of Labour, who were more interested in campaigning and telling lies with the Conservatives rather than stand up for Scotland and to fight for a proper democracy.
On the day that we could have taken our place in the world, 55% of Scottish voters felt they would rather be RULED by a parliament which they can never influence and one that they delegated to have power over them.
Today I am still embarrassed and ashamed that my country is so afraid and beaten down it would rather have the UK and the Tories to the possibility of being a better country, and a fairer society. A country that would rather have servitude, poverty, little hope, and so little confidence in itself. My country where No voters would rather sit in fear, sit back and see the weakest attacked for the mistakes of the wealthiest, sit back and cling onto what little they have or protect their wealth and status at a cost to the poorest. Their UK is one that it is about looking after number 1.
In 2014 I blogged about my Scotland, the Scotland I hoped to see and that vision is still there:
My Scotland will be an independent Scotland where people succeed not on who their families are or which family they were born into but on their ability.
My Scotland will be a democratic Scotland where every vote counts, where there is no unelected second chamber or unelected head of state.
My Scotland is a Scotland where people don’t rely on food banks to feed their family and being foreign is not a crime.
My Scotland is a Scotland where the ability to learn is not based on the ability to pay.
My Scotland is a Scotland where social justice and fairness are at the heart not the bottom.
My Scotland is a Scotland where freedom of expression is encouraged.
My Scotland is a Scotland where the media are honest and trustworthy and not propaganda arms of the government.
My Scotland is a Scotland where young men and women are not sent into illegal wars.
My Scotland is a Scotland where everyone is valued.
My Scotland is a Scotland where politicians represent the people, not themselves or the party.
I will never stop the fight for democracy or for independence, and while there are those who will always vote no, I feel sorry for you that you can’t see what I see, you can’t see or imagine a Scotland that can be better than it is, a successful and caring Scotland, you only see fear and loathing of your fellow Scots who dared to vote for better. Your vision is one where you would rather be a part of the unfair and unequal UK where you only matter when you are voting to keep the 1% where they want to be, a UK where you are ruled. You can have that UK, me I dream of something better.
So in May when we go to cast our vote, lets cast that vote for the parties that have a vision of a better Scotland, a fairer Scotland, a more equal Scotland not for the Scotland that becomes a little darker, a little sadder and a little more defeated every day.