Comment: Scotland First

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.

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8 comments

  1. trispw

    “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.”

    100% behind this.

    I’ve never made any bones about the fact that I want a republic. I loathe royalty and all it stands for, but I would NEVER make that part of the argument for an independent Scotland.

    We can sort that out when we are Scotland.

    What I know is that around us there are a variety of countries: Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands and Belgium, which are around the same size as us or a little bigger. They are all successful countries. Each one is better off than Scotland is and in each people live better lives (in some cases, vastly better.). Why on earth, of all these countries, would Scotland be unable to manage on its own.?

    For heaven’s sake, even the tiny little independent states associated with the British Crown, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are better off than we are.

    I’m sick of living in a poor country that wants to help America run the world. I’m sick of paying for nuclear weapons and wars in the Middle East (that only make the situation worse), while we have one and a half million people using food banks.

    And I’m simply appalled that Philip Hammond would demand applause from Scottish MPs for awarding Scotland £350 million extra pounds, when he gave £370 million to ONE BLOODY HOUSE in London.

    Angry? You bet.

    • grumpyscottishman

      Tris

      We have to get out as soon as possible. From MPs in Westminster and comments on the BBC we are not wanted, they hate us as much as they hate immigrants and I have had enough. They are welcome to little England but we better get ready for the dirtiest battle ever, we are about to get propaganda that would make the Nazis proud.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Bruce

  2. East Neuker

    Excellent post Bruce, and I am with you all the way. We must put aside other issues and focus on independence as both the immediate goal and the route to a different future from the rUK.
    Factionalism will play right onto the hands of our real enemies, the U.K. deep state. It’s going to be rough, and the outright lies are already pouring out from our biggest problem, the state broadcaster.
    We have to stand together and keep faith.
    I am 65 this year, and I hope to see independence declared. Let us get on with it.

    • grumpyscottishman

      East Neuker
      Thanks, independence has to be the only focus now, anything else is a distraction to be honest. We also need to use as much against the yoons as we can. I am off work today due to being ill so have been watching parliament, so far we are separatists, nationalists, liars, stupid blah blah blah, and they wonder why want or out or many of us do. I agree with you that the media is our biggest problem, I heard hints yesterday that the Daily Rancid is going to come out for yes, probably have to convince their knuckle dragging Rangers fans first but it would be welcome as we only have the National and we all need to buying the National now. I am going to make a real effort to get one everyday rather than my usual 3 or 4 times a week.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Bruce

  3. Gary F

    Agree with you totally regards uniting the Yes movement. Whenever the next vote comes I will vote Yes.

    On a sour note though I fundamentally do not believe leaving the EU is a big enough driver to change the last result. This worries me cause I believe losing a second one pushes this out 20-30 years if not more. Lack of credible ‘INDEPENDENT’ monetary policy and the soon to be economic jitters (pound will go below dollar parity by the end of the year due to uncertainty caused by Brexit negotiations) mean trying to change ‘NO’ voters minds over the timespell indicated is not practical in my opinion. In times of economic turmoil people stick with the status quo.

    I would prefer to see the next referendum after the Brexit process with a real solution for currency in place.

    • East Neuker

      There really isn’t a status quo to stick to. The U.K. The no voters thought they were voting to stay in has gone. It’s a choice between two major changes, and we must try harder to get the Unionist to justify preferring Enlish Toryism ans Brexit.

    • grumpyscottishman

      Gary F

      I tend to agree that the EU issue is not enough, esp when you have people like Jim Sillars saying he will vote no if it’s for Scotland to join the EU. For a very smart man I don’t know what he doesn’t understand about there needing to be another referendum to see if Scotland wants to join the EU in the event of independence. We have to fight on the basis of the shift to the right that England is going down, we have got to hammer them on immigration at every chance, we have to fight the nonsense of pulling and sharing and now that oil is out the way concentrate on our other areas. I would even consider going as far as saying the Euro is an option currency as I don’t think you have to be a member to use it and it would have it’s advantages, it would require initially a Scottish Pound linked to the ERM but that is maybe a way to go as the Euro was never an issue for me as it makes sense and always has in my opinion. I am not fussed about the when, 18 or 19, and have a lot of sympathy for your point on waiting to see what Brexit looks like, I am not a strategy expert but I think that is the best option. Once people see how little regard the UK Government has for Scotland then might be enough to shift them, I also think that if people like Merkel win their elections this year then it will be a very very hard Brexit indeed and that could also help. I also think it cannot be SNP led, it has to be the YES movement. We need to find a leader from among ourselves, we need people like Leslie Riddoch, Derek Bateman, Craig Murray up front and centre and the SNP can do their own thing so to speak. However, this is last chance saloon in my lifetime and if we don’t do it this time them my days of even voting might come to an end as if we can’t help ourselves as a nation then it might be that we just have to look after ourselves.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Bruce

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