NATION 1 Faroe Islands – the connected nation https://youtu.be/5qinWJqgGMw via @YouTube
Having just viewed the excellent programme put together by the folk at Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch called “Nation: Faroe Islands, the connected nation” as a committed advocate for a self-governing Scotland I feel energised. After about a week of watching my Twitter feed and Facebook depressingly being filled up with ideologues of varying viewpoints competing as to who can shout the loudest and be the most vocal and noisy about how their opinion is undoubtedly and absolutely the way to independence, pomposity and grandstanding seeming to be for some the order of the day, self-awareness possibly not so much, it gladdens the heart to see a snapshot of what is possible for a small nation to achieve, if as a country we have the will and confidence to grasp our opportunities. I don’t think any of us of an independent mind can argue with that one.
World class Wi-Fi all over the islands as far as way way way out to sea, better than Singapore, whose highly lucrative financial services rely heavily on communications technology, joined up infrastructure which makes living on several small land masses not a problem, its own airline, its own newspapers and amongst its TV channels one which produces news programmes of international news from a Faroese perspective, a parliament which makes decisions on the whole range of powers which an independent country should have, taxation, health, education, trading agreements, and more, but still tied just ever so slightly by the thinnest of wee thin threads to their version of Big Brother, Denmark. A thread they feel confident enough to cut, of their own decision, without interference from said Danes, any time in the future that they choose to do so.
We all know that the nonsensical statement that the Gordy Broon’s,the Baron Darling’s of Raspberry Roulade and Save me a piece of the crackling Cameron used to make about the post-Vow Scotland becoming the most powerful devolved parliament in the known galaxy has always been complete bollox, however the same could not be said for the Faroe Islands. They are the real deal, and all with a population the size of Falkirk with a bit of Larbert and Stenhousemuir thrown in, not all of it mind.
It’s always interesting to hear how folk of other countries see us, as Scots, and invariably it seems to me when the subject turns to sovereignty our friends from other lands tend to consistently project the same or similar views in their response. This tends to be along the lines of as politely and as inoffensively as they can questioning whether we are quite of sound mind letting another nation govern us.
We have a country with natural and renewable resources that any other country in the world would gladly accept having even a fraction of, we’ve got a world class established food and drinks industry with origin linked to high quality branded all over it and highly respected around the world, we’ve innovation in new technology, a first class tertiary education sector, tourism potential only others could dream of, a strong financial services sector and a geographically strategic position perfectly positioned to be a hub for all sorts of trade and service arrangements both with Europe, the Nordic countries, and dare I say it by continuing a trading partnership with a very close neighbour to the south, as part of that new mythical entity that has arrived on the scene, the one that gets flung at us as a threat these days, to be removed should we leave them, the ‘UK internal market’. That tall tale is clearly designed for the dafties of the Daily Mail. The idea that a remaining UK in a fit of pique would destabilise thousands of businesses with branches and subsidiaries all across the islands of Britain because the northern bit of the A74 happens to be in an independent country is beyond ludicrous and should be taken with enough salt to empty the Goderich salt-mine in Ontario.
Thanks Lesley, thanks Phantom Power, you’ve cleared away the temporarily scunnered factor in this ardent believer of an independent Scotland. Something as positive as this documentary clearly illustrates that Scotland will be so much better off in every way once it returns to its rightful state as an independent nation.
Building the will and the confidence in others to get us over the line is our job, the many thousands of grassroots advocates for Indy. I have no doubt we will do that successfully.