It seems to me that I have been spending quite some time recently having a go at Labour, certainly my most recent articles have been in this vein. My article yesterday Scooping up the video of the Clydebank Trades Council meeting with Jackie Bailey, and my previous days article on Johann Lamonts speech, signifying a departure from free education. Or even a host of other articles where I have been having a go at labour getting into bed with the Tories.
So let me make it perfectly clear.. The whole purpose of anything I may write, is not to attack any given political party, but rather to further the cause and the reasons for Independence. I will just as easily disagree with the SNP as I will the others, If I feel they are heading in the wrong direction.
Lets take a closer look at what the SNP are proposing for Instance.
The retention of the Pound, the retention of the monarchy, remaining in the EU, joining NATO but dumping nuclear arms.
I am not convinced that retaining the pound is a good thing. I can certainly see the benefits of doing so for the short term, but locking into it, rather than a Scottish pound pegging onto it is not a great idea in my opinion.
Locking into it, means we are severely restricted to what the rUK decides, it removes our ability to make unilateral choices of our own, and restricts us to the part of a minor partner in economic policy. It removes our freedom to make changes in our economy. Its a sort of Devo Max option in my book.
Pegging to the pound, would be a good idea in the early days of a newly Independent Scotland, it would allow for a degree of stability as the Scottish pound finds its own feet. Ireland did this until 1979, when they then left to join the Euro. However, I wouldn’t want us to peg to the British pound for as long as that. Many in Ireland felt that pegging to the pound for as long as they did, meant that their economy suffered in that time.
Joining the Euro, Is simply not an option, and wont be for a long time.
The retention of the Monarchy, I personally disagree with. But not only the retention of the monarchy, the Lords and the rest of the British Class system!
I am with Rabbie Burns on this one..A Mans a Man for A’ that. In my view nobody should be advantaged simply because of an accident of birth. I have no problems with people creating wealth,and using that wealth to help their children. I do have a major problem with these children being treated as if they are any better than any other child, without having to do a turn to prove it! Personally I treat Princes in exactly the same way as I do crofters. I’m not kidding either, I met Charlie and Di once, had a chat, and I may as well have been talking to my next door neighbour. I didn’t care any more or less.
I can see why the SNP have moved in this direction though, they are well aware that there are still lots of people in Scotland who love Royalty, so why alienate these people. Don’t frighten the horses as they say.
This whole argument about remaining in the EU has had the most traction recently, we have had a deluge of it.
The SNP say yes we will, the anti-independence mob say we get kicked out!
But do we really want to stay in the EU? Will it make much of a difference if we don’t?
Personally I think the SNP have been too keen to show their hand on this one. It has been a long running policy of theirs, Independence in Europe. But are they right?
The counter argument being that Independence in Europe is just changing one master for another, Westminster for Brussels. This argument neglects to mention that the UK has to respond to Brussels and European directives. So the SNP wanting direct representation there is perfectly reasonable. Presently Scotland has no say, It is Westminster that does the deciding and negotiating,and not in Scottish Interests, but Westminster’s interests.
But conversely, this stance has actually weakened the Scottish governments negotiating hand.
The EU don’t need to worry if Scotland appears so desperate to remain. They would have a hell of a lot more to worry about, if that question was in doubt!
Thus the reason why the EU’s current President could be so cavalier with his opinion(not legal judgement) that Scotland could be ejected and have to join the queue to reapply, and tough restrictions could be put in Scotland’s way.
What was his reasoning? Simply wanting to keep the British and Spanish onside. The whole matter of Catalan and other Independence groups splitting off, is not desirable from an EU perspective.
But would he have said as such, if Scotland was threatening to walk away? No chance!
Lose access to the whole of the Northern Ocean past Denmark, with Scotland, Norway, Iceland holding all the fishing stocks! Lose the nation which holds 90% of the EUs Oil, the vast amount of the new renewable energy, 30% of Europe’s beef. Unthinkable! I have contended, and have no reason to think otherwise, that it would a harder ask for Scotland to extract itself from the EU , than the other way round.
So perhaps the SNP should change their negotiating stance somewhat? Suggest joining Norway and the other countries in the EFTA. We would have access to Europe, but not bound by Europe. It is not clear cut either way, but lets muddy the waters a wee bit, and see how they react!
what about the policy of joining NATO but dumping nuclear? I am not fussed terribly much if we stay or leave NATO. The vast amount of countries in NATO are non nuclear, and have been pushing for an end to nuclear. It still is NATO policy to retain that option, but Scotland nuclear free helps the other countries case, and removes the bombs from our shore. In my mind the decision to remain in NATO is a political decision rather than a decision of conscience. It provides to likes of the USA with an assurance that they are not going to be looking at a wide open undefended door in the North Atlantic.
It also provides Scotland with assurance that we have defence capabilities at our back which will prevent an attack on us for our oil and resources wealth! So in my opinion, it is a case of pragmatism over idealism. Yes we all want a nuclear free world, but us leaving NATO is not going to make that happen. Whilst we can remain in NATO and get rid of these nuclear time bombs from our country.
So as you can see, I am not being party partisan when I have a go at Labour politicians for their betrayal of Scotland and their own parties values. I know for a fact that Scottish Labour exists, but it is not found in these politicians, or that trojan horse which calls itself the Scottish Labour Party.
The people who represent that despicable body discarded Scottish Labour values a long time ago.
Oh they rabbit on and pay lip service from time to time to these values, but then jump straight into bed at night with the British tory parties!
When you witness a Scottish Labour leader, quoting Thatcher, and A British Tory prime minister praising and quoting Labours Scottish Leader during prime ministers question time in Westminster, you know something is seriously amiss somewhere!
The Real people who still hold the mantle of Scottish Labour, are found all over Scotland, some of them could be heard in the Clydebank Trades Council video I posted yesterday. These people are Scottish Labour!
The people in Scottish Labour for Independence are Scottish Labour, but certainly not a lot of these Chancers found In Council seats, or in Holyrood, and certainly not In Westminster! Hardie and Bevan would spit at the lot of them!
The same applies to the LibDems,and even the Scottish conservatives to a much lesser extent.
We can but hope, that an Independent Scotland might also see a return to real Scottish values of all ilks in the political fold, and this itself is worth fighting for!
So I would plead, put your petty political party differences aside. Let us all join together under the one banner, of YES Scotland!
YES for Scotland, YES to Scotland, YES for ALL of US.
And to pinch a motto of positivity from Obama’s first presidential campaign in the States.
Not just YES, but also YES WE CAN!
To hell with all the disgraceful put downs and slander of the anti independence mob!
We are much much much better than that. Don’t just look at voting YES in 2014, Start dreaming, and thinking and planning on what we can do with it, and how we really can make a Positive difference to our lives, our children’s lives, the lives of the poor, the disabled, the elderly, our communities, and our Country!
Start living the dream now…because once that dream becomes reality, we still have a hell of a lot to do, and YES is only a beginning of a new journey. What we do with that journey is up to us, and nobody else. Lets do this….Because YES WE CAN !
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