When you stand up and speak out, be sure others will try to shoot you down.
I have spent half my life in the public gaze, In some form or another. It has rarely been a place I have sought to be,as I much prefer to be in the background and out of the Spotlight.
I dont seek authority, yet at times authority has been thrust on me.
I don’t wish fame or celebrity, and assiduously avoid even the smallest form of such delusional self grandeur.
But I will stand up for what I believe in, and for those I believe in.
Unfortunately, as soon as one puts themselves in a position of speaking out, you make yourself a legitimate target.
In writing my articles, I automatically Invite criticism of what I say, and what I stand for. It is only right that people may differ, or even entirely disagree with my perspectives and views. It is their right to challenge, and produce a counter argument. I am fully accepting and open to such challenges. I may often have things I can learn from what criticism I receive, and I am entirely open to it. We learn nothing If we close our minds and blindly accept only our own point of view.
If we have open minds, we can learn something from even those who hold directly opposing views to our own. We may entirely disagree with them,but we can still learn, even if that learning is not what they hoped to convey.
When I started up my Blog, I knew fine what I was doing, and why I was doing it. I wanted to add my voice to the voices of others who are in favour of an Independent Scotland.
I wanted to argue firmly and positively the case of why Scotland deserves as its Right and it’s peoples Right,Scotlands ability to stand on its own feet, without being tied to the constraints, and demands of a Union,which in my view has been slowly killing it for Centuries.
As I spoke my own Independent and Individual Truths, I sought to engage and consider with others, our way forward as a Nation.
In developing my argument, In stating my beliefs,In fighting for our Cause,and listening to what was happening around me, I soon came to the conclusion that for us all to move forward, we needed more than narrow partisan party political argument. We the people of Scotland need to have an avenue of expressing our own voice, beyond that of the Politicians, and Business’s, and Lawyers,and Media, and Churches,and Trade Unions. We the People need a Voice.
All of the groups I have mentioned, represent aspects of the Peoples Voice, In the sense that they represent those who voted for them,or are members of their parties,groups and societies,or those that agree with their proclamations.Yet they by no sense speak for all the people, all of the time, or even at all!
You may vote for a party, but other than voting, you have little or no say in what they do with that vote. You may agree with some or even most aspects of what they subsequently do, or you may not agree.However, for most part your voice has lost resonance.
You may belong to a Church or Trade Union, but do they truly represent your will, outside of the basic purposes which they stand for?
You may work for a Big Business, but does that Business leadership speak for you?
You may buy a newspaper or watch a t.v channel, but does their editorial content and production express your opinion? Decidedly not!
All of these organisations may say that they in some sense speak for you, but do they really? And where is your voice to be heard among all the hubbub delivered daily by talking Heads? Not to be heard, I would suggest.
We are shaping up to the most important decision that the people of Scotland will make in their History. Is our voice only to be heard when we finally come to the vote? Are we not allowed voice beforehand?
Politically and Morally, the only true representation we have so far given, Is the unalienable right of the Scottish Government to hold and shape a Referendum at their time of choosing. It is the Governments Right to do so, and without hindrance by any other Government or Legal Body. When we hear and see attempts at Interference with our Will, are we to remain dumb and powerless in our howls of protest? It would seem so! Unless we can find our way to making sure our Voice is heard. The only way to do so is in my view to create a Movement,where we can all express our Voice. Otherwise we allow ourselves to be neutered and silent.
Yes indeed, we can and do express our views in public, with our neighbours and friends or down the pub, or in the gym or in the cafe, but our voice carries nowhere of importance.
We may express our views in party meetings if we happen to be political activists, but that too is barely a voice at all.
We may say what we feel in response to newspaper opinion, by letters to the editor,but will they get read or even published? We may comment on OnLine articles,and make no difference to the editorial slant, if we are not moderated out?
We may speak to our church minister, priest, rabbi or Imam, but our view will not be represented by the Religious Bodies statements.
We may speak to our Boss, or Trade Union Rep, but we may as well be urinating into the wind.
We may complain to the BBC for its editorial policies and the opinions it allows to be favoured, forget it! Our effort is effectively blandly responded to and placed in the appropriate receptacle.
We may gather together in our facebook groups and talk and argue amongst ourselves, but independently there is no voice that matters, other than causing some annoyance to the political partisans of opposing view.
All of which leaves me jumping up and down from my Internet perch shouting out ‘WE NEED TO HAVE A MOVEMENT’ ‘WE NEED OUR VOICE TO BE HEARD, NOW!’ ‘WE NEED EVERYBODY OF ALL PERSUASIONS AND GROUPS IN FAVOUR OF INDEPENDENCE TO UNITE TOGETHER’
Am I shouting Loud Enough?
It all remains to be seen, all I can do is try and facilitate support,and try and get everybody together of all individuals,all parties, all religions, all groups, all bodies, in support of Independence and Unite as a Movement. To say Aye4Scotland and don’t go messing with us, because we the people believe in it!
In doing so, I said I expected criticism, and I accept it.
What I did not expect was where my first source of criticism would come from. My first Real Dislike Mail so to speak.
It came not from a Unionist, but from a Nationalist!
Here it is:
‘The history of the quest for Scottish independence is littered with the self indulgent who refused to accept that only a disciplined political party could carry us there.
We are here because of the SNP. Fact.
And we will only prevail because of the SNP. I suggest you join it.
Disparate voices, no matter how interesting or informed, will make no real difference to our progress whatsovever (and it wouldn’t be the first time that silver tongued individualists have come among us talking independence and creating division in the national movement in the same breath) ‘
This type of view in my opinion is the sort of thing which does our Cause for Independence no good whatsoever!
I wont for one moment belittle or discount what the SNP has done as a political force. They have done remarkably well on all our behalf’s, otherwise they would not have received the Mandate which they did back in May. I fully support their endeavours to deliver that Mandate, and I will vote for Independence beyond doubt. I know and am friends with many in the party, and have worked closely with some of them in the past and I am glad to have done so.
I am sure the gentleman concerned did not read my article on Alex Salmond, and if he had, he may have stilled his tongue. Or maybe not?
There are many supporters of Independence in other parties, have they no right to a say? Have they no right to support Independence?
Most people that I know within the SNP would most asuredly agree they had every right, and would want to join with them in promoting Independence.
There are many people who cannot give a rats posterior about politics or causes or anything else, but dearly want Independence, they just dont want to be card carrying members of any party. Do they not have a right to express their views? Can they not support Independence because some closed minded political bigot says so?
Far be it for me to create division in the National Movement!
Such a thing is completely at Odds with what I am suggesting.
In fact such narrow minded views as expressed by this gentleman is surely designed to create the division he says he doesn’t want!
What is so wrong with having an Individual Independent view?
Is that not what we are fighting for, for our Country? Scotlands Right to be an Individual nation, to express the views of Scotland.
These views are Diverse and Inclusive, not Insular and Exclusive.
All of which roundly explains why we must be United, and have our Voices heard, both Individually and Collectively. Not as Parties, Not as Organisations,Not as Groups, but collectively All of them,and including all our Voices to become ONE VOICE, the VOICE of the People of Scotland. What is so hard about that?
To ALL SAY AYE4SCOTLAND!