As we approach Christmas in these increasingly Dickensian times of Austerity, it would be very easy for us to fall into the approach presented by the Westminster Governments Grinch or Scrooge like attitude.
To Hell with Tiny Tims, Let the Poorest starve,Show no compassion for anyone but those who are deemed to be productive for the Free Market economy, To make the 60% of the Country who are now in or at the cusps of being below the poverty line survive as best they can on reduced rations,or simply die.
I do not believe for one moment that the people of Scotland accept such a view normally, never mind at Christmas time. Yet we are all subject to whatever Westminster decrees, and can only do what little we can to help shelter those most struck by this approach,and firmly believe that a Scotland free to choose its own path would not do what is being done, but rather the very opposite.
We will yet be given the chance to shape our own path and our own Social policies with the means to make our own lives, our children’s lives, our communities lives, and our national life much better and fairer, but not this Christmas time..Right now we are stuck roped into what we have,and can do nothing to alter that bleak fact of life, until 2014.
It does not prevent us however, from showing the real gifts that we have for each other this Christmas,and they cannot be taken away from us by measures of austerity, or any other brutally unfair economic and immoral measures. We have these gifts to give and make life a bit more hopeful for those who are struggling the most, and there is nothing to stop us from giving them. Not even the Red,Yellow and Blue Tories of Westminster can stop us, economic leverage or not!
I won’t be having any tree, any decorations, nor sending any cards, or spending any money I do not have on presents for anyone this Christmas. I have already done my Christmas Shopping, and here it is.
This is my Christmas Card and present to All of You, and to All the people of Scotland and the World.
I believe it represent the very Best of what I have to give you, and what I hope that my country Scotland can give to the peoples of the world when we are finally free again as a Nation to do so.
The Gifts of Christmas
The gifts of Christmas,are not wrapped in coloured paper
and they can be given and received at any time
They cost the sum of nothing, only the willingness to give them
and for you to gratefully receive from what is mine
They are not meant for, but a moment,a day, or yet a season
nor disdained because you really wanted more
They are meant to last forever, or as long as you may give them
with no cost to you, but acceptance on that score
You wont find them in some gadget, or an erstwhile great possession
You wont find them by shopping in the stores
These gifts they have no price tag,and you can never buy them
They are more precious than any diamond, Oil or Ore
They belong to no religion, or the world economies of politicians
You wont find them in any market, or merchant bank
You may queue for ever,and still yet,you will find them never
No matter whatever, your Royalty, or Rank
They are free for you to find them, everyone has them inside them
The Gifts of Love, Forgiveness, Peace and Hope
The Gift of Time to spend them, Compassion’s Gift to give them
And wrap them up with your Kindness tinselled rope.