There’s a lot of crap floating around the media, promoted by the Pro-Unionist MP’s and campaigners who will probably lose out if Scotland gained it’s Independence. But it’s starting to filter down to people that actually believe the shite these muppets are spouting, and it’s really starting to piss me off.
The first time the subject came up at work, I was absolutely gobsmacked by the questions put to me.
Coworker: “How will you vote in the Referendum Dave?”
Me: “I’d like to vote for full devolution of power to Holyrood, if it’s on the ballot, but if it isn’t, then I’ll vote for Independence.”
Coworker: “Are you just Anti-Tory or are you totally Anti-English?”
Me: *blank stare and utter shock*
I couldn’t believe it! To be pro-independence or to be pro-Devomax, I have to hate the English and or Tories??? I suppose I have to be pro-Salmond or pro-SNP as well? When I’m neither! If I had to set myself down in a camp, (which I try not to do when it comes to politics, as I do not believe in devoting myself to one party or another) I’d be “Anti-Westminster” (or maybe even Anti-Politics in it’s current form here in Britain).
It is absolutely ridiculous to suggest that having a desire for Scotland’s destiny to be controlled from Holyrood must mean I hate the English. I lived in England for 14years and I had some of the greatest times of my life. Practically all my friends are English. And one of them, one of my closest friends, is a staunched Thatcherite. So I don’t hate the English, and I certainly don’t hate the Tories.
Now after I explained this to my co-workers, it was then suggested that I “just want to break up the United Kingdom!” And they are the ones that say I talk a load of shite??? Britain hasn’t been ‘United’ for decades. Probably hasn’t been United since the second World War. The people of Britain have become fragmented from each other, with so many different people having so many different opinions on almost every subject. We can barely agree on anything anymore.
This argument was also lost on them, so they then asked what I thought of Alex Salmond. Now this question wasn’t an easy one to answer. Since Salmond is a politician, I’m immediately distrustful of him. He uses Murdoch and his media to promote his party and his causes. The SNP have awarded huge contracts to companies way outside of Scotland. Like the £18.5million contract given to the very questionable company CACI to run last years Census. So, while I agree with Salmond on some things, I vehemently oppose him on other stuff.
I was even attacked on Twitter for being Pro-Independence. Some plank called me and a few others “Fuds”, “Stupid”, “Xenophobic” and “Nazis”. But after checking out the previous posts by this person, it turns out they were just like my co-workers. They are all fans of Glasgow Rangers, and whenever I’ve spoken to Rangers fans in the past about politics, they’ve usually been blinkered Unionists who tend to hate anyone that is not also a fan of Rangers. It may sound like a bit of a generalization, but that’s just been my personal experience.
I suppose at this point I should explain what I mean by ‘Anti-Westminster’. Well it’s corrupt. Totally corrupt. Lobbyists for big corporations and banks can wander in and out at will, but a few hundred protesters get anywhere near the area and they get kettled. MP’s and their political parties get funded by private companies and super rich individuals, not because they believe that that particular MP or party will do the very best for the United Kingdom as a whole, but because they want them to do their best for THEM. MP’s pass laws and write legislation that erodes the rights of the people they are supposed to represent, while writing legislation that allows the richest companies and individuals to avoid paying taxes, sometimes allowing them to contribute zero to the country. And the Whip System is totally undemocratic.
And finally, my desire for Scotland to have full independence from Westminster also comes with stipulations. I wouldn’t want Holyrood to have full control of Scotland without them putting in place legislation that would prevent it going down the same road as Westminster has. Right now, Holyrood doesn’t get hammered by lobbyists from Banks and Financial institutions like Westminster does, because they don’t have power over regulation of the Banking Industry. But that would change if we did gain independence. And it shouldn’t change. Governments are supposed to do what is best for the people.
In the end, being Pro-Independence, doesn’t mean I’m Xenophobic, English hating, Tory hating, self centred, a Scottish Nationalist or a lover of Alex Salmond. I really do believe we have an opportunity before us to change Government and Politics, and the policies of future Governments, such as our Economics, Defence, Welfare, Education etc, to be written in order that they serve The People as a whole. Totally wiping out corruption from Government is probably a pipedream, but if we wrote a good constitution, then we could certainly give it a good crack! It’s one point that Salmond and I agree on. We can shape an Independent Scotland to be a truly great Nation, one that works in the interests of everyone.