|Candlemakers Row, Edinburgh|
I get the feeling that to many people ‘referendum’ or ‘independence’ are shameful words. Knee jerk reaction seems to be ‘no’. But it feels to me like we’re blurting out an answer without even fully understanding what the question is. Fair enough Scottish independence wasn’t number one on my priorities before the referendum came round. But the SNP have got their way and its now on the agenda and more importantly it’s us who’ve got to provide an answer. And to be honest I don’t think that our knee jerk reaction is good enough, or an accurate reflection of what most Scots want to happen in British politics. Here’s an opportunity to actually change Britain. Fair enough, don’t give a fuck if nothing you do or say is going to make a difference, but this time it actually is and its us who Westminster is listening to and what we say WILL happen. I think we should be saying yes to an independent Scotland…. Here’s why……. (please don't hate me)
|Scottish HAIM (so much love)|
Nobody has to be an expert in politics to know that something is grotesquely wrong when there are more fucking pandas than Conservative MP’s in Scotland, YET we are led by the joy that is David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party. How the fuck did that happen in what is meant to be a representative democracy? Scotland is not accurately represented. The system is not working. We didn’t vote Conservative yet they’re at the helm of the ship and we are being towed along behind. Literally 99% of Scotland did not want what we have today. I am willing to say yes to change and yes to something that works better for Scotland. As eloquently put by Frankie Boyle: 'Scotland can vote for Indy or spend the rest of its existence twitching on the end of a gigantic, malevolent Tory cock.' Joking aside, to me his point is more resonant than those advocating doing nothing, or in other words voting no.
The referendum, whether we realised it previously or not, has provided us with the chance the gain so much more from politics. I often wonder why I feel a great sense of political apathy and disengagement amongst people I know and grew up with in Scotland. I think it’s because people feel removed from what goes on and as though they have no say and no ability to make any impact. The referendum provides a platform for politics to become something that matters to people again. I believe bringing power closer to Scotland will not only make government distinctly more representative for people in Scotland but make it much more interesting, palpable and exciting. Devolution is scary and there are a shitload of unknowns, of course, but it’s got the point where it is actually necessary to uphold a genuine democracy for Scotland. Bringing power closer to home is a good thing. As well as becoming more representative, greater transparency and accountability are by-products of smaller governance. The multitude of scandals and abuses of power that occur within the clandestine and bureaucratic processes of governing are what give politics a bad reputation. Although inescapable, these occurrences can be minimized and remedied by having a more direct and devolved form of governance in Scotland. The referendum and its legacy provide us with something to actually give a shit about. It gives us the power to make a decision that could impact on politics in Scotland for the better well after the referendum is over – politics shouldn’t be bullshit, it should be something that everyone wants to be involved in and that can represent our views and serve our needs. Voting yes in the referendum is the only way we can make this happen.
|John Snow (A personal hero)|