It’s nearly two years since 55% of voters in Scotland decided to vote no to Scottish Independence. It remains one of the most disappointing days of my life, a wound that will only be healed by a yes vote in a future referendum.
Two years down the road I am more Yes than I have ever been. For me the United Kingdom is a dead idea way past its sell by date. The United Kingdom is still run for the privileged by the privileged. Some 33% of MPs were privately educated against the 7% of the population who go to private school overall. In the last two years we have seen our living standards continue to fall, food bank use continue to rise, sanctions continue to be used against some of the most vulnerable and the continued failure of unionist politicians in Scotland to put aside their love of Great Britain to the detriment of Scotland.
Unemployment continues to remain high to the extent that we don’t know how many people are actually unemployed. The economy is still a disaster with rising debt and, as noted above, sanctions added to cuts to services used as the way the Government and the failed Westminster system use to fill the gaps of this ever increasing debt.
The independence referendum was always about democracy for me and still is. The simple fact is we do not have any real representation in Westminster. Record numbers of SNP MPs have failed to make the in roads that many of us had hoped to see, Westminsters failure to listen and their failure to be heard has meant that nothing has really changed. We are still governed by a Government elected by English voters, that is not their fault but neither is it democracy for Scotland.
Holyrood can only do so much with the powers it has but with ever decreasing resources the result is more cuts and more pain for those less able to cope and the erosion of my faith in a democracy that does not serve me or anyone I Know. Without full political decision making powers Scotland will continue to fail as a result of a politics and political system designed to keep the few on the top of the pile at the expense of the many.
The failure of no voters, and too many unionist politicians, to see this results in the day being that little bit darker, the people being that little bit more downcast, and our country having that little bit less self esteem, and the ambition or skills to bring about real change.
We must never lose sight of the Scotland that we could be, a democratic and independent Scotland that can do things differently, with more compassion, governed by a parliament we elect who place no one above another. My Yes vote is about change, the ability to make better choices , to care about everyone not just a small percentage.
One family using a food bank, one pensioner going cold, one unemployed person being sanctioned for being 5 mins late are one too many. If we believe that these things are right and just then we have already lost the argument and might as well give up now. A Yes vote is not about flag waving or wanting to be better than everyone else. My Yes vote is the belief that we can do things differently, that we can act with some honour and truth, that we can lift people up rather than keep them down. My Yes vote is my tears for what I see around me.
My Dundee has cracks starting to appear, my Dundee has a cloud hanging over it that only a monumental change can lift. No amount of V and As Museums will change that without the political independence to make different decisions from the ones made on our behalf everyday.
I believe a Yes vote is more needed today than it has ever been, my Yes will remain with me until the day I die.