Nicola Sturgeon in her speech today has said she will be seeking a vote in the Scottish Parliament for a second Scottish Independence Referendum and will then ask Westminster for agreement to hold one via a Section 30 Order. I don’t think any of us on Friday September 19th 2014 expected another opportunity to come around so soon. No doubt there will be a gnashing of teeth from Westminster, from the not autonomous Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Scottish Labour and the Scottish Liberal Democrats, as well as, threats of refusal etc but once Holyrood passes a bill to hold one it will happen.
What is clear to me though is that we can’t afford to lose this time or for many of us it will never come around again in our life times and I am only 48 years old now. The United Kingdom has never been an equal Union, it came about at a time when ordinary people, like you and I, didn’t even have a vote and was more a take over than a union of parliaments and countries. For 310 years there have been many ups and more downs for our country, today the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is broken, broken beyond repair in my opinion.
This opportunity has come about because of the decision of voters in mainly England but also Wales, and to a lessor extent Scotland and Northern Ireland, to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union against many people’s will. Now I voted to leave the European Union and have discussed my reasons for doing so at length, however, another vote on where Scottish sovereignty lies is an opportunity that we cannot afford to miss. I have always said that I can be persuaded on the EU question and that I lean more towards a sovereign Scotland becoming a member of the European Union. Part of my reason for this is that I trust a Scottish Government more to represent Scotland in the EU more than I will ever trust a Tory or Labour Westminster Government to do what is right for Scotland. In this respect I am very clear that we have to put Scotland’s interests first, there can be no doubt about that. The European question can be debated and answered later, after we have achieved the main goal and that being the return of all powers to the elected Scottish Government sitting in Holyrood in Edinburgh, and only then.
Now is the time for all of us who are on the YES side of the debate to come together, to find common ground, and to not be diverted from the prize because we are arguing about things like the EU, like the Windsor’s, like the political make of an independent Scotland. There will be enough people on the yoon side trying their best to divide us every step of the way. We need to remember what we are fighting to leave behind and what we have to confront during the campaign. We are about to face an onslaught of too wee, too poor, too stupid. We will be told we can’t use the pound, that there will be no trade deal with an Independent Scotland and England, that we are tearing apart families and shared history, and when that doesn’t work they will get really nasty. We have already seen the aggressive language being used by unionist politicians recently, Davidson fratricide being one of many disgusting comments.
We have to remain strong in the face of all of those threats and incitements to aggression, we have to concentrate on the arguments for rather than get dragged down into the gutter by the yoons, and they will try. There are some out there now who voted yes the last time and who may vote no this time due to fear of what might happen, you have to put your faith in yourself now and continue to back yes. We hear about pulling risks and resources, why are we then one of the most unequal countries in the world, we hear about the caring Britain, why then are so many sanctioned and left behind while the United Nations find against us virtually monthly now in how we treat our citizens. It’s time we put Scotland First and leave the hate behind once and for all before it’s too late. England is going on a journey that we can’t follow, that we shouldn’t follow, if we do then if you think things are bad now just wait and see what happens if we vote no again.
I will be voting YES, this blog will campaign for YES and do it’s best to inform and encourage debate where possible based on my limited writing skills and developing knowledge. This is our last chance, lets seize the moment.