Over the past few weeks the Scottish populace must have been wondering what the hell all the Euro Vision Screeching Contest was for?
I am quite sure most of the people, must have wondered what on earth all the noise was about? And why were all those angry people shouting?
In Britain as a whole, the NORMAL people do not go about their daily lives pondering the legalities of Europe, nor do they even think all that much about Europe, unless we happen to be going on our Summer Holidays, and have to change our pounds for Euros. Otherwise, Europe doesn’t get a second thought. We are more interested in whether we will have a job, or will get a job. We think about how much money we can afford to spend,and what bills we are going to pay? And we worry if we can afford Christmas this year,and can we get the kids what they want for Christmas? We do not, think about Europe all that much, if at all. Yet Europe is still important to us, very important,because as part of the European Union, we are affected by its Laws, its rules, and its regulations.A portion of our taxes goes to keeping the EU going, and we receive grants and European funds in return.
Europe has a place in our Lives, whether we are concious of it or not.
But there they were….Banging on about whether or not an Independent Scotland would still be part of Europe, or whether it would have to go to the back of the queue.
The shouting, the name calling, the desk thumping,and the foot stamping, of grown adults behaving like a bunch of delinquent toddlers on the rampage in a play pen.
We had the sight of Labour and Tories jointly organising a campaign of disgraceful abuse, and heaping it on the First Minister. We had the the BBC and the press frothing at their mouths. And all over the question of whether Alex Salmond had lied in a BBC tv interview, and did he know for sure that Scotland would be accepted as part of Europe on Independence.
Alex Salmond did know, and yes he is correct, and there is evidence in the public domain to prove that!
But hang on a moment…this week also saw a big vote in Westminster, where Labour along with the Tory Eurosceptics banded together to defeat the Government, and force a rejection of the British contribution to the European Unions budget.
The British Parliament had gone from being Euro sceptic to Euro hostile!
Between some of Labour, half the Tory party and UKIP…There are more and more strident calls for a Referendum to remove the UK from the EU.
So why where the Scottish labour and Tory parties and their leaders making such a Big fuss, about whether the SNP were right enough about their policy of Scotland remaining ,and being part of the European Union…When their bosses in London were busy fighting about remaining in Europe?
The answer is quite simple really…The furore in Holyrood was nothing about Europe at all, it was purely for the purpose of blackening Alex Salmonds name. Nothing more.
But there are serious questions we should be asking, that they should be asking! They are not asking them.
The SNP governments stated policy is for Scotland to remain part of the European Union, and take full part at the big table when deciding common European decisions with all the other EU countries.
I can fully see why the SNP should wish us to remain part of the European Union. There are many benefits and there are also drawbacks in taking such a course of travel. But the main one I suspect is that it allows for much simpler continuity in establishing Scotland’s position in Europe, and also subsequently with organisations such as the United Nations.
It is the simplest,and easiest way to go in the early years of Independence.
Whether it is the right way or not, is a matter for adult discussion.
Not every Independence supporter will agree with the SNP perspective on this,as they may disagree with other stated SNP policies, such as retaining Royalty, sharing the pound, becoming part of NATO.
These are just some of the grown up subjects which we should properly be examining and discussing and debating.But we are entirely being denied the right to do so, by a bunch of destructive nay sayers in the British political and Media establishment.
Scots have always held tightly to our sense of self identity, but we are being continually thwarted in our determining our sense of vision for ourselves and our Countries future.
When we should all be engaging positively and collectively with each other. When we should be considering the vision we have for ourselves, our family, our friends, our communities, our cultures, our fellow Scots and our Nation. We are being force fed a whole load of rank rotten tripe which is of no significance at all, by the political and chattering classes and the press and media.
Frankly, it is nowhere near the planet of Good Enough…It is in a different dimension on which none of us live!
Where are the questions and discussions of what we agree our shared values are? What do we wish to see in a grown up and responsible Scottish Society of the future? What Societal goals do we want to see in place, for our babies, for our children, for their education and opportunities, for those on the edges of society, the mentally ill, the physically disabled, the homeless, the unemployed, the poor,the infirm and the elderly. What sort of caring and sharing Society do we want?
Do we wish to change our political system, to allow more ordinary people to have their say, for our communities to have an input, to allow for proper oversight of our politicians.
There are so many possibilities which can be afforded to us, to make ourselves a better country and a better life. We should be excited at what we can do and achieve, and what we can dream to make all our lives better…But we are being denied….because of people who have no vision or interest in anything but their own self interest.
It shouldn’t matter a bloody damn if you are Scottish Liberal, Scottish Tory, Scottish Labour, Scottish Nationalist, Scottish Socialist, Scottish Republican, Scottish Green or any other party out there.
It shouldn’t matter if you are Male or female, Old or Young, Coloured or White, Gay or straight, Catholic or Protestant,Muslim or Jew,Rangers or Celtic, Immigrant Scot or Native Scot, or any number of things we might be… If we live here,If we have made our home here, it is our country ,and Scotland is our Nation.
We should all, be properly discussing what is really important to us, debating the best way forward, looking at possible visions of our future, and what myriad of opportunities we have, to shape it the way we want to see our HOME to be.
enough of the garbage…lets get on with the real discussion of the decision, and the questions, and opportunities which lie before us…and let us do so without stupid preconceptions, political or otherwise…We have a Future to Build…Let us get to it!