Those of us who are following the various debates and news reports, desperately looking for information on the Scottish Independence referendum, find ourselves more often than not trying glean impartiality somewhere between the Devil and the BBC.
Impartiality is something which is in very short supply,but this is fairly understandable as we are asked to firmly come down on either a YES or NO decision.
Given that there is no alternative on offer, even if the NO side are suggesting that there could be, sometime, some place in some alternative universe. Devo Max/Mini or More Devo tomorrow, is more like Devo Not on your Nelly.
The pro union parties conclusively rejected any such thing appearing on the ballot, so forget it, it is not an option.
We are are asked, Yes or NO, and that is what we must decide on.
I make no secret or bones about it, I am pro Independence,and I made up my mind on how I would vote long before we even had the option.
I am Scottish, I regard my country as Scotland, not some region of greater England or Britain.
I have strong regard for our family and neighbours in the British Isles and Ireland,but I don’t want them to make my choices for me, I want Scots to be able to make and be responsible for our own choices and decisions about what is best for us and our children.
It really is as simple as that, irrespective of what political party allegiances we have or what football team we support.
But what of those that are undecided, how do they decide?
Where do they go to find their information, who do they listen to, who can they believe?
If you are one of the undecided, neither I nor anyone else can tell you what you should decide. I do not know your life, your circumstances, your family history, your allegiances, and even if I did, it wouldn’t matter, this is a decision only you can make, and make it for your own reasons.
Whilst I am secure in the knowledge of my own decision, I do feel for you, and I do understand how confusing this debate can all be.
Where can you get reliable information? Who will give impartial accounts? Who should you listen to?
The fact of the matter is that you will not as I have already said, get impartial information in this war of words.
So lets consider a moment who the main players in the daily war of words are?
You have the politicians:
It is very clear which parties are for and which are against,and they all have their own agendas.
On the pro union side, you have the Tories,Labour,Liberal democrats and UKIP
On the pro Independence side, you have the SNP,the Greens,the SSP and the Scottish republicans
You have two campaigns:
YES and Better Together
Allied to these are various smaller groupings on both sides.
What are the political motivations?
For the Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats, retaining over all control of political decision making in Westminster, where Scots have minimal political representation vastly outnumbered by our much larger English counterparts.
Independence is a bad thing as far as our Westminster unionist MPs are concerned,they stand to personally lose a hell of a lot financially, If Scotland gains Independence, as do their counterparts in the House of Lords.
The British state loses its cash cow to the North,a loss of revenue amounting to Billions of pounds every year,whilst faced with souring debts increasing to £1.5 Trillion and more. It also loses influence on the world stage and the loss of its parking facility for Trident Nuclear weapons,which you are sitting right on top of!
So put yourself in their shoes….would you want to lose a very tidy income, perks and benefits,and outside earnings through various directorships? Would you?
On the pro Independence side, The SNP MPs are actually trying to make themselves unemployed for ideological reasons and their belief that Scotland should be able to stand on its own two feet and make its own decisions.
In the Scottish parliament, Labour has most to lose,as Independence cuts off the career progression route for those who want to follow in the likes of Margaret Currans shoes, to the big house of Westminster, and maybe the House of Lords. It also puts their own jobs at jeopardy,with the big hitters who become newly unemployed in Westminster all scrabbling for places in the Scottish parliament.
For the SNP, I would love to say that they are all altruistic, but I suspect that some will by human nature want more power and position.
But be assured, whatever politicians you put your trust in, they all have their own personal stake,and that may not always include putting you first!
It really is not at all about policies,Independence for or against is far more than party or policy.
Politicians would love to make you think that it is all about political issues, but it is not.
They will argue about Europe, Defence, Oil, Welfare, the Economy, and when they are finished, they will go round and round again talking about the same things, as if they are the most important things in the world,and they have all the answers….Again…it is not,and they haven’t got all the answers.
Scotland, In or out of Europe, what will be the state of the Scottish Economy, and how much better off or worse off you might be?
Bunkum… Did they know in 1996 that we would be in the brown smelly stuff? If they did, they sure weren’t telling!
Forecasting the future is for astrologers, and lets face it, the future is always uncertain! Do you know what will happen tomorrow? Will you give a cast iron guarantee that you will be alive next week? If you can, then you too are a politician.
Cameron v Salmond:
It matters not as far as Independence is concerned whether you happen to like or dislike either.
One way or another, their time will be past, and others will take their place. So while their views may be important at this point in time, in the long run they will be footnotes and we shall carry on, but what sort of Scotland will we be living in? That will be up to you and those who follow us. We will either be a region of the British state, or we will be an Independent country.
Right now, in the final run in to the referendum, the media is having a field day, and you are being bombarded on a daily basis with issues surrounding Independence.
There is a turf war of sorts going on. The traditional media v new media.
The press is not balanced, it is vastly in favour of the British state, and when you think about it, fairly understandably so. Over 90% of the papers we read are owned outwith Scotland. The Trinity Mirror for instance are the owners of the Daily Record, and where are their owners from? I will give you a clue, it’s not Scotland.
The tie up between the media and the British state and Big Business is incestuous, as we discovered during the Levison inquiry. Politicians, Newspaper editors, Banks and Big Business, all in it together, and certainly Better Together.
But do they represent your interests? They most assuredly do not!
They represent their owners Interests, and the Editors follow their owners instructions, and journalists wont get paid if they produce copy which goes against the editorial grain.
TV: BBC and others.
Are the BBC as impartial as they say they are? They should be, we pay for them, but we also put our money into the bank, and does the bank put our interests first?
Answer that for yourselves.
BBC like CBI which they are a member of and have been for over 30 years without our knowledge until recently, both have something in common, and it is in their name, the word British. Lest we forget too that the CBI, the independent CBI as the BBC like to call them, registered to become officially supporters of Better Together until an outcry by Scottish business put a stop to that. Yet the BBC who is impartial you will remember, refused to suspend their membership. What does that tell you?
BBC Scotland has been found wanting, and in an academic report found to be biased by their news reporting on independence.
Meanwhile, BBC Scotland has gone to extreme measures of firing good journalists, and ditching good programmes, to replace them with high earning presenters from London and elsewhere. They will not report in a balanced fashion, and sometimes will not report at all, if there is a mass protest outside Pacific Quay complaining of their Bias. Nor will anyone else for that matter, you need social media to tell you what is going on!
Social media is not balanced either, nor can it be, not with individuals such as myself promoting for my own personal reasons the cause of Independence. So, sorry, I will place an argument in front of you, but I am firmly on one side of the debate, I am for Independence. At least you don’t pay to read what I write, and you can make up your own mind about how accurate I am. I certainly do not tell you anything but the truth as I see it, and you are rightly able to disagree with me if you wish.
I simply want the best for all of us, and I believe an Independent Scotland allows us an opportunity to have a fairer society, with given our resources the capabilities to better ourselves and create better for our neighbours, friends and children. I cannot see Westminster ever putting our interests first, can you?
whatever you do eventually decide, I wish you well in your choice, and I really hope that you make the right one for you,whatever you happen to decide.
I just hope that you will join me, and vote YES, whatever the uncertain future may hold, let us make it a good one, a fairer one, and a just one. It’s up to you….You decide.