After much of the posturing and party politics of the last week,where faux outrage reached new heights and grandstanding not very grand.
I thought I would take a step back from watching the increasingly infantile displays of some of our politicians and make a comment of a much more personal sort.
I am a Nationalist, and I have been one all my life, even before I knew what being a Nationalist meant.
I am not a politician,and never have aspired to be one. I really can’t be bothered with what I see as playing political chess with peoples lives. I do though admit that they are necessary, in framing measures, and debating what are the right ways of shaping our democracy. Unfortunately I feel many of them in recent years have forgotten what they are there for, and who they are supposed to be representing.
They are not there to represent themselves, nor put party in front of people. They are where they are to represent us. Some are doing an absolutely dreadful job of it.
As for political parties trying to get one over each other, I would say grow up! It is not some fun political game, where the enemy is the opposition. You are all playing with peoples lives, Real people,who are trying to do the best they can to live with the crap you are leaving for them!
I do not belong to any party, I am a member of none. None of you parties represent me, because I vote for none of you!
Some may say that I have effectively disenfranchised myself because I refuse to play the recognised political game.That may or may not be true? I once got into all that stuff, before I realised that really it made no difference to me. It matters not the club, the organisation,the union, the party, the tribe. The Dregs with the loudest voices and the greatest aspiration will jostle themselves to the top of every root and branch in the name of hubris.That is not to say that there are not also very good people doing so too, but I just can’t be bothered with it. I am not a team player.
I will vote in the Independence Referendum, Wild Horses could not stop me from doing that. It is a once in a Lifetime opportunity when it comes.If I lived on the far side of the moon, I would still return to vote for my country and my peoples right to self govern.
Those who have been here through generations and those who have come to be part of us, and add to our traditions and culture. I will lend my vote and support for any party campaigning for that future for Scotland. It doesn’t mean I will agree with them on all matters.
I am not a party animal, but I am a very social one, and the day Scotland finally retains her Independence, I shall party like there is no tomorrow.
I am my own party, and I will say what I want to, shout if I want to, and indeed cry if I want to. But what I will not be is dictated to, or told what to do, or what to think, or what to say, and to follow a party line.
I am completely independent, in every sense of the word, and I will fight vigorously to retain my Independence. I will also work with who I like, talk with who I wish to talk with,in order to maintain and grow my Independence. In the process, I will assist others where I can. My independence is not just about me, I am not Independent just for my own self gratification. I wish everyone else to have the best life possible too. I don’t just think it is all about me, because its surely not!
If we do the best that we can for others,we are also doing the best for ourselves.If we help others to have a better life, then our own surroundings become better too. Hopefully too, they will learn that lesson, and by extension improve their circle of society. Thus the circle grows. Society becomes more tolerant and understanding of differences,and we learn by our interactions with others.
Of course, I am only as Independent as the State and the society I live in lets me be. Inevitably the State impinges on all our lives,and there is no getting away from its interference at times.
The more State interferes rather than assists, the less free we become.
I am not sure about you, but I have seen decades of increasing State interference in all our lives in this country. We have been becoming less independent, and less free since the days of Thatcher,and she was by no means the worst in impinging on our personal freedoms. The Labour Governments of Blair and Brown did far more interference than any government I have ever seen in my life in this country.
Despite all the State imposed interventions, I still retain as much of my personal liberty as I can. I don’t always win, but I try damn hard! I have come into conflict many times with Councils, Government ministers, Social work departments, and police and courts in my time.
On every occasion fighting for the rights of someone elses liberty.
They sure dont make it easy to defend peoples rights at times in this country. Often State structures will be oppressive and controlling.
Thus my continued battle for Liberty and Independence for us all.
Another reason for believing that we Scots can best look after ourselves and our ain folks, as such a social feeling for democracy has never died in our country, despite the best efforts of a British State to drag us down to Monetarist values. My feelings do not make me a Socialist, I am what might be described as a Social Libertarian, if you want to muck about with labels. half the time I have no idea what these labels are anyway.
For me, my values come from my upbringing and culture,and tradition, from our art and music and literature, from an engendering of hospitality to others, but also of self sufficiency.
Because my engaging has always been from outside or on the fringes of the system, I have become exhausted, and near breakdown in the past. You can only bang your head off a brick wall for so long before you cave your own skull in!
But back to the fray I have come, and I have come willingly.
We in Scotland are facing over the next couple of years the fight of our lives. The fight for our right to determine our freedom of Independence. The fight for a right to determine a better Nation more to our choosing. The fight to make our own decisions,and not have them made for us, by those who understand little, and want to know less, of who we are,where we belong, and what we stand for.
I really don’t give a stuff what party someone clings to. I will stand with them, If they believe in Scotlands Independence.
This really should be no issue of party politics,any politician that thinks so, should butt the hell out! Any political party that thinks so, Is a traitor to our people. They are collaborators for a regime, not representative of the Sovereign will of the people of Scotland, and are no better than the self interested rogues of 1707.
They may be Scots, but they are Sell Outs for personal Interest.
If they don’t like me saying so? Tough!
By all means if you genuinely feel that we are better off as part of this unequal Union,have your say,and you are not anti Scottish for it. But the vast number who argue against Scottish Independence, because of monetary gain, status in Westminster,personal power or privilege or rank, or a seat in some Lordlings house. Rogues the lot of you!
The people of Scotland have never been allowed their rightful say in whether they wanted the union. We are going to have our say now. Its only taken us 305 years so far, to get to this point!
I don’t give a damn about the politicians wrangling about process. I give even less of a damn about their arguing about legality or illegality to call and run a referendum, and who’s right it is to call the shots. It is all totally irrelevant.
We the people of Scotland have the inalienable right to decide our Countries future. By voting overwhelmingly for an SNP government last May, we gave them our blessing to call such referendum. We expect them now to deliver on that promise. We never asked Westminster, the Government there is not representative of the will of the people of Scotland, we never voted for them to be.
We care even less about the politicking and games you wish to play.
We only want and expect and demand that the referendum takes place, and we get to have our voice on the matter. It is in the Scottish Governments hands, but it is by our Will!
If we do not have our will recognised, or if Westminster seeks to interfere with our will, we shall take this matter into our own hands, and International Law will stand with us. Stick your Westminster law where you like! You shall Not Deny Us.
Politicians of all ilks. For once, listen to the people.
Stop your silly games, and argue your case fairly. We will listen.
Let us have the facts, not your made up ones, the real facts!
Once we have the facts at our disposal, we will then decide. Not you!
Argue your case as a matter of conscience, on what you truly believe to be true. Not some made up party line, or any other self Interest.
We dont want your tribalism or your petty politics. We deserve the Real respect which is our due, to your best endeavours on our behalf.
But most of All, We are Sovereign.Not a Party,Not a Church, Not a Queen, Not a Parliament. But we the people,and We shall decide.