Independence is not the be all and end all. The day Scotland regains her Independence from the British State will not be the conclusion of our journey, but only the continuation of it.
Since the SNP Government retook the reins In May 2011 with a massive ringing endorsement for them, and with a clear mandate for the policy to call a referendum on Scottish Independence, at their time of choosing, hardly a day has gone past without the Independence question being discussed.
The politicians and political commentators and media have never had it so good. Day upon day of wrangling, political spats, false umbrage, accusations,name calling,arguing of minute details,chest beating about who the Big Boys and Girls are, and never ending rounds of nightly political programmes, and forests worth newsprint.
The year 2012 has also been the year of Union Jack waving, the Queens Jubilee, and a very heavily BritNat politicised Olympics.They have ramped the illusionary idea of Britishness up to the MAX. They no doubt would have done so anyway, without an impending Independence referendum, if only to distract the populace from the stinking misery, which is life in Britain during the worst recession the State has ever faced.
Despite their best efforts, the Scots populace as a whole has remained unimpressed and unmoved by it all. During the Queens Jubilee celebration, the Scots had a derisory 30 street parties,across the whole country,reportedly 10 in Edinburgh and 20 Orange Order ones in Glasgow, while almost a 1000 took place in England.
The Queen eventually held her compulsory Holyrood garden party,and barely anyone noticed, nor cared.
Then came the Olympic Torch…Some people came out to see the procession,I suspect just to see what all the fuss was about?
And the main event In London Itself, with Glasgow hosting a couple of football matches in a sparse Hampden park, which still flew the Saltire despite London trying to ban its appearance.
The Olympic festival was supposed to exhibit the Best of British culture, but really only managed to get continually confused with England,with numerous commentators and tv programmes calling GB,England, and British,English. But they did make lots and lots of noise and generated loads of enthusiasm and a stiff breeze waving mini union flags. Unfortunately they didn’t even manage to portray Greater England very well, never mind Great Britain.
But the Unionist politicians did their very best/worst to try and argue that somehow all this festivity had killed Scottish notions of Independence stone dead. A Times poll seems to have knocked that notion on the head somewhat by telling us that the desire for Scottish Independence had actually increased, not decreased,as a result of it all.
But now that they have given it their best shot of flag waving jingoism…On we go…still another two years to run,and loads and loads of time for politicians to spout nonsense, and prove that empty vessels do indeed make the most noise!
I suspect that the normal non political Scots populace is already heartily sick of the whole shebang. Most just want to carry on with their daily lives, wondering how to survive from one day to the next while the whole British economy crashes down around their ears.
They worry about their jobs, their house and home, whether they will have enough money to feed the kids, how to stop the next door neighbours cat messing in their garden, more than they think about Independence. They know the day is coming when they will have to cast their vote, but until the time comes upon them, they really couldn’t care less.
Oh yes they will become exercised and annoyed when they hear of what the Condem government are doing to them next, and when these policies directly effect them, they will get very pissed off, but they will shrug their shoulders, have a little moan, and that will be about it.
They certainly are not amused by the nonsense of the BritNAts arguing over every little detail, and who gets to call the shots on holding the referendum. They know what they voted for, and hell mend anyone trying to take their rights away!
Otherwise, they will wait till closer to the time, before getting engaged by it. Unless of course, some wise politicians and political commentators decide to actually ask them what they think, and to discuss it. But otherwise, they have been kept out of the loop,as always.
But what of the YES campaign?
Yes they are very slowly and gradually building up a head of steam, and it will continue thus for a while yet. Gradually engaging more Scots, and adding more voices in the streets,and pubs,and homes,and across the internet.
It doesn’t help much when there is divisive political fall outs between self interest groups, arguing about how their view of an Independent Scotland should be. Such division achieves nothing at this stage. You can’t have your pet policies implemented if you have no means with which to implement them.
There is little point arguing over NATO when we cannot have any say in the matter just now. The SNP may wish to discuss it,as is their right within their own party. But who says that they will form the first Government of an Independent Scotland in 2016? There will have to be a General election first, and it is not guarantee that the SNP or any party will be able to implement their current policies, they will have to take their policies to the people of Scotland in 2016 first, and the people will decide what they want!
The people may not like the current SNP policy of remaining in the EU, they may instead prefer joining the European Free Trade Agreement, like Norway does. They may not like retaining the Queen as Head of State,and decide to become a Republic, no matter what Alex Salmond thinks. They may decide that they want their own currency and not remain part of Sterling,and to make transitional arrangements out of it.
They may want a complete shake up on how we do politics and how people are represented.
These are all issues and policies, which may or may not come up for discussion and decision. But the fact of the matter is….no matter what arguments and questions politicians pull out of hats at the moment, they will be history come Independence and largely irrelevant.
A vote for Independence, may or may not result in a vote for the SNP and Alex Salmond in 2016…That will be for us to decide come that time.
What is of primary importance is that we achieve Independence first, and only by that, do we actually begin to shape, how we the people of Scotland want our Country to be.
Independence means having the right to decide for ourselves how we want to live, what sort of values our society has, what sort of government, how we relate to our fellow human beings across the world,being respected for our own decisions,taking responsibility for our own actions, and not being beholden nor dependent on anyone else.
Independence is only the continuation of our own historical story,while being the very beginnings of a new journey, where the road we take thereafter, is the road we shape and build for ourselves.