I was born in Scotland, so without a doubt, I am Scottish. Scotland is part of the island of Britain, and so I am British. It even says so on my passport. Britain is part of Europe, making me European, which is pretty cool. Europe is a continent in the northern hemisphere of the planet known as Earth which firmly classifies me as an Earthling, species Homo sapien.
Beyond that my knowledge is limited, but it’s how I tend to look at myself in the bigger overview of life. I am just one of the 7 billion human beings occupying the 3rd rock from the sun. I’ve not even seen that much of my planet. Just a handful of the 200 odd countries that make up Earth. My travels have only taken me into three of the continent’s which divide up the land masses that cover just one third of the surface of the world, which we collectively share.
That’s how I view our world. Vast in size when compared to just myself, yet tiny in the grand scheme of the universe.
In my travels I have met a wide variety of people from all walks of life, and I’ve made many friends from a fair number of countries. England, Wales, Ireland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Australia, Canada, America……the list goes on. People of all sorts of races, colour, creeds, sexual orientation and political persuasion. But the only time I have ever been made to feel like a foreigner is in my own fucking country.
I lived for 14 years in England. A place supposedly part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. A unified state where everyone is meant to be exactly the same. That’s if you believe the Better Together campaign led by Alistair Darling. A man that says I’ll become a foreigner if I vote Yes for Scotland to become Independent from Westminster.
I’ve got friends all over England and Scotland who are not originally from the UK. I’ve never once considered them foreigners, but now I’m supposed to believe that my mate’s in London will all be alien to me if I say Yes to protect Scotland’s NHS from privatisation (which is well under way in England thanks entirely to the unmandated ConDems).
It was while I lived south of the border that I was occasionally made to feel like a thoroughly unwelcome foreigner by one or two small minded idiots. Plenty of Scots have suffered the same abuse I’m sure. “We’re doomed!”, “You’re a Sweaty Sock!”, “Coming down here, stealing our jobs!” Just a few of the insults thrown my direction by racists. And that’s exactly what it was, racial insults. Not just trying to be funny. Actually insulting me and showing disrespect. Of course, it can’t be racism if Scotland and England are one in the same along with Wales and Northern Ireland. But that’s not the way the Alistair Darling promotes things when he tries to pretend that the “Better Together campaign will be led by real Scots”
I’d rather not view the world I live in in such divided terms. The No campaign and their most hardcore supporters would have you believe that us “separatists” want to carry out some kind of Lex Luther style master-plan, turn all our windfarm turbines into propellers and fly everywhere north of Carlisle to the Caribbean. Of course if we were going to be so diabolical, it would be far easier, and in the interests of everyone if we just sunk the Houses of Parliament and the City of London corporation into the Thames, then start again with a new Government that focuses on the people they are meant to serve, everyone in the UK. Not just a tiny percentage. Everyone.
But there’s something even more sinister going on than a super secret plan to divide a nation into two islands. I’m now being told that I’m a foreigner in the very country I was born in, BY MY OWN FUCKING PEOPLE!
It was just after a member of the audience on Question Time suggested that England should send all their nuclear waste to Scotland, then grant us our Independence that I was told that I wasn’t really Scottish. A Twitter account by the name of @DontKnowVoteNo (who thankfully seems to have been closed down) made an attempt to defend the statement by claiming that the audience member was “attacking the separatists trying to break the Union not loyal Scots”. So I can’t be a loyal Scot if I believe Westminster is wrong to socialize private debt whilst privatising profits, as well as public services which should never be run for profit? In fact, it suggests that anyone who votes for a party that is not in favour of the status quo is not a loyal Scot. And what is a loyal Scot? Is it like a dog when you yell fetch? Beg? Roll over? Cos I’m not going to just give anyone my loyalty without them earning it, and Westminster has done NOTHING to earn either my loyalty or my respect.
Both Labour and the Conservatives have run Britain into the ground. And now the Lib Dems have added to the hypocrisy by pretending to act in the best interests of the country. They claim they are leading us to better times by forcing harsh austerity upon people that were already in the poorhouse, whilst they live it large on ever increasing tax payer funded expense accounts. They’re sending £800 annual bills to the disabled to save a few million, because they claim we’ve no money to help the most vulnerable. Then they’re magicking £100Billion to pay for American nuclear weapons we’ll never be able to use. Spent £10million on the funeral of a woman who left behind an estate worth £66million. Yet we’ve no money to keep open shelters for battered women. No money to build social housing, creating jobs and forcing private landlords to lower their ludicrous rental costs. Instead we’ll let people get evicted so that councils have to pay even more ludicrous Bed and Breakfast costs.
No, WasteMonster’s plan to get people working is to pay the likes of Asda and Tesco £400-£500 per person, telling them to work for their £71 per week dole money. Only to see each slave return to unemployment following their two weeks intensive study on how to put beans on a shelf. How is any of this going to generate tax revenue to pay down the national debt?
But of course, I’m not a “real Scot” because I oppose these things and this type of thinking. Only the other night I heard another comment on Question Time, which just sounded crazy to me. In reference to Trident, they said “Surely it’s better to have something and not need it, than to need it and not have it.” Yeah. Cos when I’m being burned alive at 10 million degrees centigrade, the one thing that will comfort me is the knowledge that our nukes will soon be toasting the people of whichever nutball launched against us! When really, my very logical mind will be wondering why we’re Kentucky Frying some poor sod that did nothing to me, whilst our not so democratically elected leaders are safe in a bunker somewhere. Especially when they are they ones that should be nuked! Not us poor civvies who just want to work, live our lives and get on with it.
This idea that we are paying for a “nuclear umbrella” is just moronic. If a maniac is going to launch at us they’ll do it safe in the knowledge that by the time we retaliate they’ll be in a cosy underground lair. Surely if we really wanted to spend £100 billion that will guarantee protection for everyone, then spend it building a bunker big enough to fit all 70 million of us.
So that’s the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberals all moving way off to the right. And now we are witnessing the rise of UKIP, a party so far to the right they make Thatcher look like a loony leftie. Even if all 5 million residents of Scotland could vote for a centrist party it still wouldn’t alter the election results in Westminster and there’s not a chance in hell of a sudden surge of voters for The Green Party in England. So, Scotland’s only hope for a government that will act in the interests of the people of Scotland is to vote Yes to Independence from Westminster. I’d rather not divide up our country but it’s the only way we can show everyone in the UK that Westminster only run things on behalf of the wealthy few. A millionaire cabinet funded by their billionaire financial backers, and supported and promoted by a vicious right wing media, who all share the very same agenda. Greed.