Ok just to say I don’t want to be a big pain about Independence, I have swung from a no to a don’t know to a yes and have I’m sure had very similar thoughts to many bewildered folk about this, of course we’re not ready on one hand but then I don’t imagine any country is ever ready for Independence. Ireland’s path (I could bore you with the history another time) was a bloody one, most countrys’ path to independence inevitably is.
I do have real facts (not sound bites and tit for tat crap) that to me point to an Independent Scotland being a genuinely better place for our kids future. Ages ago I thought “no I can’t have an opinion I’m Irish and folk will just assume I am a flag waving nationalist bla bla. Back in 1998 my husband’s wonderful dad was awarded an OBE, the family should have gone to Buckhingham Palace (which I was more excited about than they were!) but for personal reasons they postponed to the next ceremony in Holyrood. I got to attend, I felt so bizarre to be in a room with the Queen of England (My grandad “Pop” was a “burn everything English except their coal” kind of guy, fair enough as his dad (my great grandfather) was shot dead by the “black and tans “by mistake” many years ago). Long story short there I was in Holyrood palace with my big camera giddy with excitement. I’m not a royalist (again another story) but I’m not a hater either. I have actually a lot of respect for Queen Elzabeth.
Ireland’s relationship with England/UK has been so fraught but it has changed in such a positive way over the past 70-80 years. There is a real mutual respect and nod to each other and an undeniable interdependence that exists always between any county and it’s nearest neighbour, but where years ago it was hate, bitterness, fear, violence and blame oh yeah LOTS of blame (famine, need I say more) now in the main that is all gone (except for the few numpties/haters that exist in every country). A few years ago the queens visit was pretty amazing to watch unfold, the warmth of the welcome, the joy on her face, her inner circle of security and lady in waiting all remarking they simply had never ever seen her joy and expression of pure happiness as she basked in the love, yes the love of a nation that has moved on, has “forgiven”, does not hate anymore or have anything to prove anymore. I am not a royalist by the way but that’s another blog!
With all my heart having lived here in Glasgow for 20 yrs!!! OMG 20 yrs! I cannot quite put my finger on it what sense I have felt all the years that I have lived here, this begrudging towards England, this blame, bitter rivalry, not letting go. Scotland needs to self determinate, grow up, take responsibility for it’s own future and decisions not in a “f**k the rest of the UK we’re breaking up with u and don’t care about u anymore…..” NO! Just in a we are a very different country with different political leanings and priorities. I think/hope a fairer place where there are less of the elite, less of the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, a better education system, a massive wealth of talent and young, vibrant, creative people who want to have a say and that say mean something. I feel so sure that Scotland in the future can and will forge a better, more trusting, kinder and calmer relationship with the rest of the UK, I have absolutely no doubt about this!
Scotland will still have this incredible bond from the past, the wars (many Irish men fought with the allies in both wars), the Royal family will be integral to this country for as long as the majority want that. This is Britain if u are born here u are Scottish and British. Factually economically (and I’m not referring to the feckin oil) Scotland’s natural resources are the most of any European country (u can look this up).
I think that the rest of the UK also needs to split from London as it sucks so much from all of the UK, smaller is in my opinion better, smaller but with good close economic and supporting relationships with your nearest neighbours, with Europe, with Scandanavia (personally not so much with the USA). We don’t need to be afraid. No doubt everyone is 100% entitled to their opinion and their right to vote how they want and no-one should feel bullied or negativity towards them, timid to say how they feel and sadly that is going on on both sides.
I am such a heart rules the head person but recently with this choice I realise it’s got to be a vote based much more on evidence and fact and of course with some of your heart I am a mother after all! I so believe that it is actually a better future for UK Scotland England etc if Scotland goes for it. I see that this debate is all about resources, I am sorry but I really do not think for a minute Westminster would fight so hard if this was Northern Ireland looking for independence, would they? Am I wrong?
Scotland economically gives so much more into the Westminster coffers and that is all Alistair Darling/ Cameron etc are fighting for they do not care AT ALL about what is best for Scotland of that I have no doubt!
Yesterday like many others I cringed (with glee) watching #PatronisingBTlady but as a good friend pointed out this is simply a very stupid marketing campaign (that they must be regretting hugely) it is so flawed, BUT it in itself is not a reason to vote YES however it is a gift to the YES campaigners! The only reason to vote YES or NO has got to be because you have done all you can to be informed (while knowing there can be no 100% correct and fully right answers on either side) this is unchartered territory, but think of all the nations the majority who have fought a bloody war for independence with no clue when the country emerged what would then happen. How lucky we are that this is not a bitter violent war, but until one side wins so much cannot be answered or determined, it’s impossible. If it’s a leap too far and you feel that NO is the right way then good for you and you are making the right choice for you, be at peace with that. I am a YES but it took me awhile, if NO wins I will be deflated but I have no doubt that Scotland will be a different more confident country and maybe in 5-15 years Independence will come, maybe we really are on that road, of course I hope it’s now but I think I can live with a no.
I know this has woken the country up hugely and people really care so let’s afterwards when the dust has settled move forward, hold no more grudges and get on with making Scotland the best small country in the world (along with Ireland of course!!! 🙂
After all as the most wonderful Irish actor Brendan Gleeson once said “If you bring children into the world, optimism is no longer an option, it is a duty.” If there is one thing this vote is about it’s our kids futures!