YES/NO whatever, OK I am going to try very very hard to not post another single thing about Scotland indyref on de “soshall meeja” before Thursday. I am not saying 100% I won’t as what might come up that simply compels me to comment well who knows and I am prone to spontaneous outbursts with very little thought. It is clear there are many who have always been NO and many who have always been YES, both sides can, have and will find articles and information on either side to back up and confirm their viewpoint and yet until the result is final so much will remain unknown and there can be no guarantees by politicians on both sides. There are educated, intelligent, articulate, experienced people on both sides believing passionately in their side. I have been honest and said it’s been a journey for me from (an uninformed) no, to unsure, to yes and even still I cannot say I am unshakeably 100% positive. I truly admire those who are and can be! I am saddened that people have and do feel intimidated on both sides, that there is ugliness, that there is bias where there shouldn’t be. But it was always going to be thus, we are only human and humans can be ugly, mean and bullying and full of their own self interest. I can only hope that next Friday much of the ugliness on both sides disappears as quickly as it appeared and Scotland picks up and runs with the “winning” ball regardless, to quite simply make it a better place for everyone! I wholeheartedly agree with Billy Bragg and others that England, Wales and Northern Ireland have a great opportunity to now push for more control themselves and drive for self-determination and fairness. I consider that we all need to put a distance between us and the Elite politics, banks and corporations of greedy Metropolitan Westminster. In a nutshell we all need to care more for each other, be kinder, more connected and less selfish and reach out to everyone less well off than us (I don’t just mean financially although clearly that is hugely relevant) It’s the vulnerable among us, it’s the underclass that exists all over the UK all over the western world all over the world, it’s the disgusting imbalance of rich getting richer, middle and lower income struggling so hard to have a decent standard of living for their families and then there are the folk with literally NOTHING, no life, no hope for them or their kids. Communities together, smaller is clearly better, where people really can see that they can make a difference daily in their lives. We know there are complete idiots and arse-holes and nasty people and criminals and on and on and all we see on media day in day out is the ugly often barbaric and truly evil side of humans. However I believe humans are inherently kind and good if they are shown kindness and goodness and treated well and fair from early on and as they grow up they want to share this. Am I wrong and totally naive to believe this? People want to laugh and share and feel they belong, support each other through bad times and enjoy good times. Voting YES is not to SPLIT the union, is not anti-english and selfishly run out on our neighbours and cherry pick what we want etc, voting NO is not to say we don’t want change and want to stay dominated by an elite Westminster Government nor that we don’t love our country and want the very best for it. Good people on both sides want good and better things for us all, don’t they? So afterwards PLEASE let these be the folk that come together and make the good things happen. The UK and the whole world looking on will benefit hugely from what Scotland has awoken to, a timely hopefully not too late reminder of what is truly important in life! To my shame I know Irish history well but I do not know world history very well, but seriously when ever has a country potentially achieved Independence or not without blood shed and terrible hate and bitterness? We must appreciate this fact alone and rise above anyone on either side who want to make it about hate and fear and fighting and winning and losing. Personally I do want and believe in YES as potentially being the best result but much much more than that I want a change and I get the feeling folk on both sides want that too. Of course everyone who votes on a side wants to win although it does sound like there are still some undecideds who may never feel sure of their vote no matter what and they are entitled to be that way too. But how about if we all passionately want the best long-term, kindest and fairest outcome, so win or lose I believe we can still get the best human outcome if we make that the most important issue after the result is announced?
“We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars” Oscar Wilde