I wonder if at some point we might possibly yet see members of the Conservative,Labour and Liberal parties who support the concept of an Independent Scotland begin to find their voice?
Or will they be forever constrained upon by their party leaders to keep silent?
I know that they exist, as I have spoken to a few.
There even exists a cross party group in favour of Independence, I wonder how many people know that well kept secret?
I also wonder when the various leaderships of the Unionist parties will be challenged to allow open debate, and not treat the Scottish Referendum as a party political football?
The Issue of Scottish Independence is far too important a matter to be left in the hands of political parties, and narrow party bigotry.
Labour never used to position itself as Unionist party, yet it is now firmly in that stall. Yet something else it has changed in its conversion to market capitalism and the outmoded patronage of the House of Lords.
There are fewer sights more incongruous than observing the likes of Prescott,McFall and Foulkes spouting forth from the Red Benches of that House.
In what is supposed to be a Democratic society, we find an unequal unelected body stacked full of Labour Lords interfering with government policy, even if it is the policy of a dubious Conservative/Liberal coalition. It is even less acceptable when the same unelected peers fiddle about with the Scotland Bill.
The Leadership of these British parties have concluded what their parties position is without even asking their memberships opinion, they have taken a stance and collectively they are against any form of self autonomy for Scotland.
If they are so confident in their belief in democracy, why are they so scared to allow freedom of debate and expression.
When it came to the botched AV referendum, it was debated with mps of all parties being allowed to choose sides.
When the Devolution referendums in Scotland were held, there was freedom of speech and debate for all parties.
So why then, on a non party issue are they following party lines?
The best we get from Labour in Scotland comes from the Likes of McLeish and Chisholm as they speak for further devolution rather than the status quo. It shows that there still exists some form of intelligent life in Labour ranks which is not cowed by its Politburo.
One of the reasons that free debate should be had, is that this is not a matter of Nationalism versus Unionism, but rather differences between alternative forms of Nationalism and differing forms of Independence.
We are all Nationalists, Scottish Nationalists, English Nationalists,Welsh and Irish Nationalists.
Scots who are British Nationalists, English who see British Nationalism as another name for English Nationalism, and English who are British Nationalists.
British Nationalists wish to retain Independence from Europe, hence the Veto.
Scottish Nationalists wish to regain Independence from a British State.
To add to the confusion, there are Scots Nationalist Republicans who wish to dispose of the Union of Crowns, and Scots Nationalist Royalists who wish to retain the Regal Union but not the political union.
Ultimately though, it doesn’t matter which side of the debate you are on, you are a Nationalist.
The forms of Nationalism are radically different though.
Scottish Nationalism is a Civic Nationalism, and it aspires to a more Socially just and caring society with no desire to impose that nationalism on others. It wishes to protect culture and tradition and to incorporate,welcome and Include other cultures and traditions.
It seeks to reach out to all our families across the globe and share and learn and trade with each other in its own right.
British Nationalism, as much as it can actually be described because it is construct of different countries and cultures forming a State,and is not a single Nation, Is more closely aligned to English Nationalism. In another sense it is a construct of British Imperialism and a left over from the British Empire.
It is the type of Nationalism which is avaricious and seeks to master and control, plunder and rule over other cultures. As its Empire has disappeared it is left with its old attitude and vision of the world, where it sees itself as superior and all others beneath it, every single one of them foreigners.
Whatever the Nazis did, the British Empire did long before them, and Scots are no innocents abroad in that venture either,we have our share of the shame too.
Surely then, the Scottish sector of the British Nationalist parties must allow for open debate, and let their own members learn and discuss what this referendum is really all about?
Or can it be, that they have not the courage of their own convictions or strength of argument to risk such a thing as truly free discussion to take shape?
As for those in the political cross party group supporting Independence, don’t be so shy, Lets hear you!