In amongst all the political noise making, accusations and counter accusations of the politicians playing their political football over Independence, once we the ordinary public manage to see clear water in amongst their mud slinging, there is only some simple facts that we need to know. Will we be better off with Independence or not? What will it mean for our daily lives, and do we have brighter future under Independence?
Most ordinary people couldn’t give a stuff about economics, arguments over defence, whether we are in or out of NATO, and not in the slightest bit worried about currency sharing.
All the political posturing, entertaining as it might be for politicians, just leaves them stone cold!
The questions they want answered, in as simple terms as possible are these….
Will my pension be ok? Will I have enough to live on? Will we be better off when we go to the shops? Will our lads and lassies still be coming back from foreign fields in body bags in still more pointless wars? Will we have more opportunities for work? Will I be properly looked after if I become Ill or disabled? Will those not in employment be given opportunities to lead them to gainful employment? Will I be able to take my holidays without it costing a Kings ransom?
Questions that they might ask of those advocating the union….
Can you guarantee us that things are going to get better than the dross we have?
Can you promise that should I fall Ill that we will still have a National Health service worthy of the name for us to go to?
Can you tell me why zero hours contracts, and suspension of benefits for the slightest excuse are fair?
What are you going to do to make sure that MPs stop ripping us off with their expenses while we suffer?
I live next door to Faslane, can you please remove the nuclear time bombs?
Can you ensure with absolute guarantee that we get a fair standard of living up here please?
What are you going to do about making work pay in order to encourage people to aspire to better lives?
Will you ensure that our children don’t get charged extortionate fees in higher education and are not weighed down with debt on finishing their courses?
These are only a small example of some of the questions we can ask Better together, there are many more.
What should we be asking of those advocating Independence?
In what way will Independence make me personally better off?
Can you tell us what you think that Independence will really do for us?
What sort of vision can we have for the future If we should become Independent again?
Will we be able to have better opportunities in an Independent Scotland than we currently have in the UK?
What sort of future can an Independent Scotland bring? Will it just be a cut down version of what we have with Westminster, or are you talking about something different, and if different…how and why can it be different?
Will we have more of a say about what happens to us, or will Edinburgh just become the new London?
In my own personal opinion I feel that we are all being let down badly by all sides in this debate thus far. Ordinary folks feel that they are being talked at, not engaged with.
The politicians are at it, the media is complicit, and they are all playing their old silly games.
The British government absolutely refuses to engage, the prime minister will not even debate the issue, and the media let them away with it all. Indeed the press and tv positively encourages the claptrap.
We the public want real discussion, real alternatives, not empty promises.
Let the people speak!
The independence campaign needs to focus on aspiration and alternatives and the betterment of peoples lives
The Better Together campaign needs to stop pointless scaremongering and start addressing real reasons for why we are better together, and unless they do, then we can only gather that there is no good reason for us to remain tied to a dysfunctional and unequal union.
So lets hear about vision and opportunities and the betterment of peoples lives.
Not airy fairy bunkum which we cannot give a bloody toss about!