The people of Scotland are adults, and deserve to be treated and respected as such. Scotland is an Ancient Nation in it’s own right,and the signing of some treaty of Union with England 305 years ago, does not mean that Scots or Scotland became infants. As such we the people of Scotland deserve as our right, honesty and grown up politics from our politicians, both in our own parliament in Holyrood,and in that of the British Governments parliament in Westminster.
What we do not need, nor deserve, is to be treated as idiots, or children,reliant on the words of politicians to tell us what we can or cannot do. They represent us,at our behest and sanction, we do not elect them to rule over us, but to serve our interests.
These interests are not best served when they indulge in petty party political posturing, and throwing tantrums, and playing silly games.
And they are certainly not served at all, when these same individuals and parties, put their own selfish interests before their peoples interest. Particularly at such a time as this, when we as the people of Scotland are expected to decide our countries future in two years time.
We demand that no matter which side of the debate our individually elected representatives fall on, with regards to the question of Independence, that they show maturity of debate,and desist from personal attacks on each others character, by the usage of words like Bare Faced Liar, Snake Oil Salesman and comparisons to historical dictators like Hitler and Mussolini when referring to our constitutionally elected First Minister. Adult debate has no place for name calling, that is not debate, that is Abuse!
Those who are in a position of respect, which all our elected representatives should be, should behave with respect,and not spoiled children who have thrown their toys out of the pram,because they are not getting it all their own way.
In much the same way, we demand our other State institutions, including the BBC, who we pay for, and pay its staff wages, start behaving properly in their reportage of news, and discussion of important issues. We do not expect the personal views of its senior management and reporters to interfere with their judgement of issues, nor for those issues to be dealt with by omission, when it doesn’t suit them personally, or commission where they artificially inflate one side of an argument of another. Nor should they be unduly influenced in their character and compliment, by either government nor previous party affiliations.
Indeed, for the BBC to be tenable in the future, either as serving the British people, or in an Independent Scotland, they have to put their house in order from top to bottom. There also has to be a proper Independent body to ensure that they are held to account, and which the people can have confidence in. The BBC policing itself, and a BBC Trust which we can’t trust, is no answer.
As far as our dear departed fourth estate, the Press is concerned, we expect little of,and receive even less. Journalism has got lazy, and proper investigative journalism, a sadly missed thing of the past.
All Scotlands major newspapers are owned elsewhere, and with editorial control which, often as not, is not in Scots Interest.
The demise of the printed press in Scotland,can be directly correlated with the press pushing their own agendas, rather than reporting the news with unjaundiced unprejudiced eyes,as they should do. Clear, hard factual reporting and investigating,is no more. We are served instead with opinion pieces,sensationalism and trivia.
As long as their editorial motivation is political,and power seeking, and working hand in fist with political spin doctors, we cannot expect honesty,and we cannot trust.
It is the lack of trust, In self serving politicians,political parties, television media and the press, which has a rapid and marked decline of respect for all of them, from the people of Scotland.
As long as they continue as they have been doing, serving other masters,and other interests, which are not primarily in Scots Interest.They will decline till they reach extinction, and they will be replaced.
you only need to look at the fortunes of the Unionist political parties in Scotland, to see the results in action. The Conservatives, who were the only party ever to achieve more than half the Scottish electorates vote, many years ago..are now a Rump.
when they ceased to be a Scottish Conservative party and united with their British brethren, that is where their fall began.
The Labour party then ran the roost for many years, until their own disdain,and loss of their traditional values degenerated to pure self interest, and a move to the territory held by the conservatives, along with complete incompetence, finally has reduced them to a party which has no sense of putting the people of Scotland first.
As for the Lib dems, their poison chalice has been much more rapid,and again earned, by their ditching of Liberal democratic values for ministerial mondeos.
The question all of these people and organisations must ask, Is do they embrace the chance offered by Scottish Independence to slowly restore their reputations, or do they like the lemmings they appear to be, continue to throw themselves off the cliffs, by disregarding the very people they owe their continued existence to?
Whatever happens… Scots and Scotland, deserve far more truthfulness, honesty, and the proper examination of facts and choices, than we are getting.
We need to be properly informed, we need proper debate, and we need proper balance of reporting and facts.
Not only do we need these things, to make our honest informed choice, we Demand and Expect it.
If we do not get what we rightfully deserve, upon Independence or not.
Those who have dealt us badly will not be forgotten, and eventually the very reputations they wish to have, will be trashed forever.
Much like those who sold us out in 1707 have been forever remembered as the parcel of rogues.
so shall those who follow their own self-perpetuating Interest over those of the people, also be remembered .