A Challenge to Better Together Supporters and Don’t Knows

I am an Independence minded Scot. I don’t think that anyone can have any doubt on that question.
I don’t support any given political party, but I am fully behind all those who share the same vision as myself, in pursuing the cause of Scottish Independence.
I will not agree with all policies of any given Scottish Independence party, In fact I may disagree on many things.
However the objective in front of all Scots in late 2014, is to decide what they feel is the best course of action for our country to take.
Do we become once more a totally Independent country, or do we stay in the Union which was created in 1707?
There is much discussion and debate to be had, and much in the way of educating our fellow countrymen and women, on what our choice will really mean for our country.
Unfortunately, to date, there has been much more in the way of party political mud slinging,accusations,and down right bad behaviour from our politicians, with very little in the way of substance.
It has been playground politics, rather than letting our fellow Scots have a forum for their questions and concerns.
Even politicians giving speeches are so entrenched in their opposite,and infantile rejection of anything the other lot says, that they come out with a whole load of garbage, pettiness,nonsense and fearmongering and completely miss the point altogether.

The whole issue, the whole question, is bigger than mere party politics and dislike of the opposition. It is a huge decision for all Scots, whether they be political or not. We will only get one crack at this, and it doesn’t matter whether you are SNP or Labour, Tory or LibDem, Socialist or Green, Rangers or Celtic or Partick Thistle, Catholic or Protestant or Muslim or Jew. We all have to decide for ourselves what we want to happen with our country.

So today, I issue a challenge to all supporters of the Status Quo who want us to remain In the UK. And indeed for those who are yet undecided which way they intend to vote.
The challenge is not to justify why you think we should remain, but rather to consider what you want to see for an Independent Scotland, should the outcome turn out at that way in 2014.
You will still be here, we will still be here, but what would you want for this new Scotland to become? What would be your positive hopes and aspirations for our country? How would you like it to be shaped differently, what would you like us to achieve? and anything else that you would want to see happen?
Here is your chance to think out of the party political box, so what do you want to do with it? Anything is possible, we are starting with a blank slate.

If I get a sufficient number of responses from UK supporters prepared to take up this challenge, I will write a corresponding article, which will set out my hopes and aspirations if the vote turns out to be NO.

The Floor is yours ladies and gentlemen. Are you up to the Challenge?

About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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20 Responses to A Challenge to Better Together Supporters and Don’t Knows

  1. Macart says:

    Any time now AA, they’re just having a good think about it……………………. πŸ™‚

  2. James Sneddon says:

    Sausage rolls πŸ™‚ er…that’s it

  3. M Macdonald says:

    I am supporting Independence for a number of reasons. Firstly for my children to live in a country that is self governed, making our own success and mistakes. The emphasis here is ‘our own’. To hopefully rid our country of Trident and no longer be the dumping ground for Westminster ( not in my back yard but theirs) Governments WMD’s. To allow Scotland’s infrastructure to flourish using our own tax revenues which up until now have been used to fund everyone else’s BUT ours. To no longer be North Britain but a country in our own right. To have the political party or individual voted in that we, the Scots vote in and not the rest of the UK’s choice. I hope my children benefit from all this and more.

  4. Macart says:

    ………………They’re still thinkin’ about it, now don’t rush them. πŸ™‚

  5. Andrew Smith says:

    I think the problem you get is a lack of cross-pollination and debate between campaigns (outwith the politicians). The problem is that the blogsphere is so good at talking to itself, and so hostile to others, that it doesn’t really provoke great debate (not saying this site is like that). The comments from others are hardly likely to encourage it either. The great debate we were p[romised has turned into a year of partisan bickering, lets hope it changes in 2013.

    • Which indeed is a problem, and one that we need to get round somehow…And I blame the politicians particularly for taking it down party lines! It should never be a party political issue…It is an issue for everyone…But they are so scared to even let their own members have a free say, it makes it almost impossible for reasoned questions and debate for the wider populace.
      I am trying my very best to get round it, by using twitter, where both sides tend to want to know what the other is saying. It is an uphill struggle though.
      However I have had some evidence today, via my own facebook, that the non partisan are paying attention..but it’s not easy for them.

  6. Macart says:

    Maybe we should kick this off with the shoe being on the other foot. What would we like to see happen in Scotland should we decide to retain a union?

    For instance I’d like to at least see us revisit the areas of corporation tax, Crown estates and airport duties. I’d like to see the whole question of Secretary of state for Scotland dealt with once and for all. Could we even go so far as helping Westminster out a bit with insisting on no MPs only MSPs (have Westminster deal directly with Holryood)? Kill off the whole West Lothian question for them and free up our ‘talent’ (aw jeez) to return home and work directly for their constituents. This would literally save the taxpayer millions, England would have its own dedicated devolved parliament and devolution could work its way toward an inevitable conclusion……………… independence… oh wait.

    • I and others have been twittering …but unfortunately no takers thus far..
      I like many would love to hear of what their vision for Scotland, from a Scottish perspective is, in or out of the Union…Surely they have some? Anything? Just a wee sentence? A couple of words?
      I am sure they are very capable…And to Borrow Labours catch phrase..”We need some answers”.

  7. Macart says:

    I honestly think this is the biggest failure of the no campaign. The fact that they are not prepared to engage in debate on their future vision for Scotland win, lose or draw. In all seriousness should the unthinkable happen in 2014 I really would like to see us revisit some those things I outlined above as a way for the UK to move forward politically. Whether they like it or not a static status quo is no longer an option, the vast majority of Scots are for significant political change. Most current polling suggesting a preference for governance from Holyrood rather than Westminster and at the very least significant devolution of fiscal control released to the SG (this still within the confines of the UK).

    So over to butter together – What further powers/vision/aspiration do YOU have?

    • At this rate the answer appears to be that they have no vision whatsoever.
      And that is a tragic state of affairs for them, if that is the case.

      I will give them the benefit of the doubt in the meantime. Perhaps they are just nervous of coming onto a pro independence site such as this, even if it is very benign.

      • Macart says:

        24hrs later and not a sausage. TBH I didn’t really expect to see one. As far as I’m aware, there is no post referendum narrative for any of the unionist parties, with the exception of Trident of course. We do know that all Westminster parties are fully committed to the retention of WMDs and indeed are more than happy for Scotland to act as home for these abominations for the next fifty years.

        Still, you tried AA. πŸ™‚

      • Oh I am not done trying yet!
        Just writing an article which I will send to the media.
        And lets see if they can stir the pot a bit? Or perhaps they will chicken out too? πŸ™‚

  8. bigedd74 says:

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  9. Macart says:

    I’ve tried stirring this particular pot on the Guardian’s CIF pages several times, posting a list of policy areas where I think the Scots electorate should have clear and unambiguous DETAIL. Spookily my list almost mirrors the no camps – What is Westminster offering Scotland on the issues of further powers, defence, the EU, re-industrialisation, education, elderly care, pensions, welfare benefits, the list went on a bit further, but you get the drift.

    To date any time I’ve made such a query I have never received an answer, not even from the most ardent of no camp posters. They can’t answer questions they have no answers for. πŸ™‚

  10. Rab o' Ruglen says:

    Hi there,

    Possibly one of the reasons you have not heard anything from the “Bitter” people is that they simply just don’t have a vision of the future for Scotland within the Union other than to repatriate many of the powers currently enjoyed by Holyrood back to Westminster. Even they must realise that to state such a thing now would not be good for their cause. Hence the silence.


  11. deewal says:

    I personally think that having been a Vassal State of England for over 300 years, the Scottish people are (with the help of the MSM and BBC) confused and more than a little afraid of the consequences of a YES vote and equally of a NO vote.
    The fear of the evil of the English Aristocracy is deeply embedded in the genes of the Highland survivors of the last ethnic cleansing.
    I am under no illusion of the lengths our Lords and Master’s will go to when it comes down to power and wealth.
    The SNP conference showed a division in their ranks over NATO. They have (to my mind) appeared to be a little quiet since. The only reason for remaining in NATO as far as can see is that to date no NATO country has attacked another NATO country (of course theirs a first time for everything).
    Then again would the US allow us to move their WMD’s to England ?
    Make no mistake. If Scotland votes NO then we will be Northern Britain again with all that comes with it. Workfare, inequality and poverty (on a greater scale than we have now).
    Fear walks the land just the noo.

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