Hearts and Minds for A’ that

When Rabbie Burns wrote A mans a man for a’ that, he reflected the thoughts and feelings of the ordinary Scots of his time, but does his words still hold true for todays Scots? I guess we will find out soon enough when we reach September 18th next year when Scots of all ilks, those born here,and those new Scots who have made Scotland their home from elsewhere.
If scots still hold dear to the societal values expressed in that poem, then we shall surely regain Scotlands Independence, and we shall after 307 years take our place once more among the family of nations of this world.

Much is made of the arguments over GDP, Oil, defence, share of debts/assets, NATO,Currency,Europe etc.
But this is about much more than all of that, it effectively is about self determination, and who do we trust to run our country.
It is a battle of Hearts and Minds, and for many people that is the real struggle. I have spoken to many people who are presently undecided, it is not so much that they do or don’t want Independence, but rather their own security.
A common statement that I have heard is ” My heart says yes, but my mind isn’t so sure” I don’t blame them,there is so much junk being thrown about by politicians and the media, when one says one thing another says the opposite. Folks want answers, and they say they aren’t getting them. That is not strictly true, they are getting plenty answers but are bombarded with statements of doubt, particularly from the Better Together campaign, who have nothing positive to say, only questions and questions and questions, most of which cannot be answered because nobody knows. Ask the same questions of the British Government and they couldn’t answer them either.
Its like asking..”Will there be snow on May 1st 2017? ” We wont know the answer to that question till the day arrives, and it would be a fool who could claim to know the answer beforehand.
what is more, the British Government absolutely refuses to pre negotiate in the event of an Independence vote, thus we cannot have answers on divisions of assets and debts. what papers and projections and statements they make, we cannot trust, because lets face it, they are going to paint as bleak a picture as they possibly can, they don’t want to lose their power and grip on Scotland.
There is no point in the YES campaign being ever so cheerfully upbeat and positive either, If they want to win minds over to their side, they must be scrupulously honest, and being ever so nicey nicey aint that….I like most Scots that I know have a distinct distrust of folks who are too bloody smiley and cheerful….it aint natural.
The fact is, an Independent Scotland will not be a land of free milk and honey! We will have our difficulties, we will have our challenges, we will have our fall outs, not everything will be fair, there are too many conflicting views of what folks think an Independent Scotland should look like. It can’t be any other way, we are all a family of divergent views. It is how we negotiate ourselves that counts,and what consensus we agree amongst ourselves.
We have Nationalists, Socialists, Liberals, Radicals, Greens,Conservatives, Royalists,republicans all wanting Scots Independence….and Yes I do know that the British London run versions of Labour/Conservatives,Liberals are against it…but that is the political bods, I am talking of Scots who are naturally that way,but denied a voice by their political parties. Scotland will still have people of all these political hews when we become Independent.
So lets see YES getting the gloves off and fighting back please….They are not Mohammed Ali in a George Foreman fight. The longer they stay on the ropes, not hitting back, the more folks will be misinformed and believe all sorts of negative drivel.
we Scots are a contentious mob, but we want to see a fair fight.

How we do eventually vote, I believe will be how we truly feel in our hearts is right, and for that reason I believe we will vote for Independence. Lets face it, when we reflect on what we want to see in our society, when we vote with our conscience, we want social justice and a fairer society, not what we have been constantly stuck with since Maggie Thatcher… Most Scots cannot abide the poor getting a kicking, we cannot abide our society being stripped of compassion, we naturally want to see balance between social justice and the means of creating wealth.
We cannot abide children being made to starve, and we cannot abide the disabled and Ill being victimised, we cannot abide having all that we own sold off for others to make big bucks at our expense, and as for those who would Lord over us, we cannae be arsed with them either!

We are naturally a people of independent mind,and as such I believe our hearts will guide us that way.

A Mans a Man for A’ that

Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an’ a’ that;
The coward slave-we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that.
Our toils obscure an’ a’ that,
The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The Man’s the gowd for a’ that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man’s a Man for a’ that:
For a’ that, and a’ that,
Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that;
The honest man, tho’ e’er sae poor,
Is king o’ men for a’ that.

Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord,
Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that;
Tho’ hundreds worship at his word,
He’s but a coof for a’ that:
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
His ribband, star, an’ a’ that:
The man o’ independent mind
He looks an’ laughs at a’ that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an’ a’ that;
But an honest man’s abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa’ that!
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
Their dignities an’ a’ that;
The pith o’ sense, an’ pride o’ worth,
Are higher rank than a’ that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for a’ that.

Robert Burns

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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4 Responses to Hearts and Minds for A’ that

  1. Ian Sanderson says:

    As ever, a fine post ma man….!

  2. Kate says:

    Just reading those words of Rabbie’s again, is a heart lifter for sure. Great post Rod.

  3. come on to Inverclyde Radio and give us your views. It is not a debate forum but individuals commenting on their own thoughts.~
    Willie Stewart

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