Remember this will affect YOU forever. This will affect US for always.
Do you want to live in a country with…
Of course, I am exaggerating these issues, and know that the SNP is trying to solve them, on their way perhaps, have solutions in mind, maybe. But if I, a Unionist, openly acknowledge that I am exaggerating (though the basis of these problems are still there!), don’t you reckon that the SNP may be exaggerating or even downright lying about certain solutions?
But to answer my original question…
I KNOW I DO! And that is why I’m voting for an Independent…
No, no one does.
But if I was voting for an Independent Scotland (because I don’t get a vote myself), why? So England can get all of the good things? The healthcare, the football team, the flashy world city…
That’s right, England. Not the UK. England. Home of London.
A ‘’’’country’’’’ where thousands and hundreds of thousands are just as dissatisfied with the Westminster government as people in Scotland are.
But, as I’m on that topic, simply because London happens to be in the magical, everything-is-perfect-as-long-as-we-are-fucking-other-colonies-over COUNTRY OF ENGLAND…
ENGLAND! ENGLAND! ENGLAND!
I’m pretty sure you’ve only ever heard that at football games, too… Maybe if there was only ever a UK football team, and not England, Wales, etc… etc… (see what I did there?), there wouldn’t be this problem…
Enough with the trivialities.
The upcoming referendum (tomorrow, actually) is NOT trivial. It is NOT fun and games, and it is NO to be joked about. It is a serious matter that will affect not only the people in Scotland, but the rest of the UK too, which will no doubt have repercussions for the rest of the world.
I am not going to bore readers with the long list of facts about economic repercussions, the movement of banks, the uncertainty of it all, the hard years ahead, but I will quote this passage from the US Declaration of Independence, written 69 (ha) years after Scotland and the rest of the UK joined together (under a Scottish King, no less…):
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed”
Ask yourself: is it worth it?
Because I understand the fact that Scotland wants greater powers. But this is not simply a Scottish affair.
The UK (and I must make it clear that I am proud to be form the UK), has a flaw, and that flaw is its centralised Westminster Government. It isn’t just Scots who are unhappy with their affairs, and never has been, but rather the fact that most decisions are made exclusively in London does mean a lot of UK administrative centre are overlooked. I am not talking about complete Federalisation perhaps (though it might not be a bad idea), but the localisation of governments and the greater distribution of powers to local authority, not just in Scotland, but in the rest of the UK, too. This is the only way forward… not just for Scotland, not just for Wales, not just for Northern Ireland, not just for England even, but for every. Single. Person. In this country.
We simply need to learn to look past National Boundaries, and do what is best for everyone in the Sovereign State. The localisation of government, as touched on above, is the most effective way to do this. After a 300 year strong union, it is time that the national distinctions of Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh, and English should pass away.
Because it isn’t really about ‘God save the Queen.’
It is about ‘Let’s save the UK’.
And that is up to you.
To the Scots who really want to leave: I apologise on behalf of all of the politicians who have overlooked you in the past. Everyone is starting to realise now that a change has to be made, and if you stay, I can promise you that you will see those changes happening. It is a scary world being out there alone, but that does not mean that I doubt you, it simply means that I believe we are all Better Together. Whatever happens, let’s stay friends, okay?