We’re now over five years down the line from a day in Scotland’s history when many of our people, many of us, not politically minded (why should we have to be?) not Tories, not diehard unionists, not Labour, just us, ordinary Scots, for whatever reason, decided at that time, on that day, that they were not yet convinced of their own capabilities, and the capabilities of their country to manage its own affairs.
Our people, our families, friends and colleagues, folk who have lived with the consequences of their actions, as unfortunately do we, us who voted Yes.
For some, oblivious to much that is going on around them that doesn’t impact them directly, not consciously aware of the impact politics has on many of the issues that effect their everyday life, and the lives of others, ignoring the fact that Scotland is governed by another country, and subject to the whims and priorities of another nation rather than ours, is an easy thing to do. A subject you never think of never causes concern. This is changing.
As the shambolic conveyer belt of lies, broken promises, pitiful pleadings, denied vows, planned and unplanned snap General Elections, the continuing worrying rise of the right and their self sabotaging plans to leave the world’s largest single market, and at the same time chase EU citizens often those who carry out vital work whilst contributing a net £6billion a year to the income column in the Treasury ledger, out of the country, have come to pass there are increasing numbers of our folk examining why they voted the way they did in 2014, now eager to become informed about the question of who governs their country, eager to at least consider making amends for a decision which has resulted in a disastrous outcome, an outcome not yet played out completely.
The last few years have been a wacky fun filled ride to an even further marginalised, ignored and dictated-to Scotland (so much for ‘We love you Scotland, don’t leave us, lead us’).
The growth of a far right nationalist government in London, after the Brexit dust cleared, buoyant and confident, having engineered a dilution of the UK’s version of democracy via their ‘taking back control’ from the EU, which if it ever eventually happens will see legislation being proposed which will allow ministers unfettered decision making powers on a nightmare rightwing agenda, is extremely worrying.
We’ve seen the start of it already as Johnson and his gang of pseudo posh thugs continue to fight the authority of parliament at every turn to get their way, despite even the highest courts in both Scotland and England showing them up as unlawful miscreants and chancers.
In 2013/14 the British state made great play, a relentless 24/7 wall-to-wall media propaganda campaign emphasis, a plea to the risk averse amongst us, that voting no was the stable thing to do, to maintain the steady ship, the way to ensure their pensions, their jobs, their status as free movement Europeans was in safe hands. Now? On the brink of yet another General Election do you feel your future is secure? Do you feel you live in a country governed by a progressive outward looking, welcoming, even modestly competent executive branch in London?
I have never, and will never, criticise any of my fellow Scots for deciding no, independence was not for them in 2014. My goodness I know someone who received a phone call from unionist campaigners telling her that her pension would be cut if she voted Yes, and she would not have enough to pay bills and feed herself. Despicable lies. The combined Tory/New Labour/ Lib Dem pact that will surely arise to try and derail Indy Ref 2 won’t get away with that one again. We’ll be ready this time.
Every day we watch as the circus merry-go-round replays itself, observing the wildcard public school buffoon, who convinces some, falsely, that he has some sort of superior intellect because he can quote a few phrases in Latin from the classics, a man who havers nonsensical financial statistics to blacken the name of the European Union, pronouncements which are so clearly embarrassing lies that a senior UK public servant had to write to him publicly to tell him he’s talking shite, an individual who commissioners on the EU negotiating team view as a cartoon joke figure. It’s no wonder.
We look on in bemusement as his band of misfits insult the electorate, like the lanky Hooray Henry with the Lord Snooty complex who thinks Foodbanks for the oiks are uplifting. Why are we, as sovereign Scots putting up with this nonsense?
The tipping point is coming with this General Election in December. England will vote to remain in the shadow of the narrow inward looking little empire nationalism, building barriers, ‘Making England Great Again’.
Scotland will vote overwhelmingly in the exact opposite direction, outward looking, progressive, and, as an existing member of the EU whilst part of the union with England, Wales and N Ireland, already match fit to take over the warm seat at the table when the English nationalist state vacates it.
We can not be complacent, that is why we, the many thousands of advocates for independence, must now put the hours, and our hearts and souls, into the campaign just started, so that when the time comes, at a moment of our choosing next year, a time fixed by representatives we have selected to represent us, the time to exercise the sovereign will of Scotland’s people, the evidence before the jury will result in only one outcome, a resounding Yes.