Two more days and we finally come to the Biggest political event in Scotlands long history.
There has never been anything like it, and I doubt there ever will be again.
In the process of these near on three years since we started this journey, Scotland has changed, and we too have changed with it.
The people of Scotland have never been as politically engaged as we are now, everyone of all ages, both sexes, the rich and the poor, an of every occupation or none have been talking of little else.
We have shaken off the shackles of apathy, and suddenly discovered that we matter, we all matter, no matter who you are, we all have something to say, something to contribute.
Yes or No,whatever way it turns out on Friday morning, we all now know, that is we the people of Scotland that matter, not the Bankers, not the Politicians, not the broadcasters, not the newspaper editors and owners. We are more important collectively than all of them,and more powerful.
How we excercise that power is up to us, how we engage is up to us, but when we speak collectively governemnts quake at the knees, Big Business trembles, and broadcasters pray!
This realistion is a powerful thing, because when the people realise that it is us that decides, It is us who govern. We shape the country that we live in.
For far too long people have been in thrall to those they consider more powerful, but no more.
When Better Together say as they have started saying ” If you don’t know, vote No”
What they are in effect doing is telling you not to think, not to educate yourself, remain ignorant, and do as you are told, do as your betters tell you!
Well there are no betters, the empire like the emperor has no clothes, even a small child can see that, even if adults are blinded to the reality of things.
It is not tol late for the don’t knows, you can still find out what you need to know, you can still educate yourself enough to come to a decision. Don’t let them tell you that you can’t, and don’t let them persuade you not to exercise the power you have and not vote.
There have been many people come to me and tell me over the past couple of years that they just didn’t know how they were going to vote. I have tried to answer their questions as fairly as I possibly could. Even now people are unsure, and they have concerns, quite legitimate concerns, because they have not had the straight answers that they deserve and need. A reason for this is because politicians and the media have too often been playing party politics, or putting party first, the media has been hostile to one side over the other and has not made any attempt to properly question, rather than just releasing political soundbites and PR releases without question.
Meanwhile Better Together has actively sought not to engage at all, other than to negatively attack and campaign. It was in their interests, not yours, that they didn’t discuss all the options honestly and truthfully, or to see Scotland in any positive light at all, just a basket case of country who would fair worse than any country in the world ever, should it stray from its masters in Westminster.
So let me do a quick summary for you of some of the concerns which have been expressed to me.
Pensions: Despite what might have been said by those who try to frighten you….You will not lose out, whichever way the vote goes, YES or NO, you will still get your pension, it is safe.
Currency: Scotland will use the pound, whether in a currency union or under our own steam…we own the pound too, it is not the exclusive property of England.
Europe: Under European Law, we all are citizens of Europe, each and every one of us. We have been for 40 odd years. We as citizens cannot have our citizenship revoked, and thus neither can Scotland be thrown out, so Scotland does not need to reapply for membership.
Thrre will need to be negotiations which will allow Scotland’s membership to be recognised in in our own right, but otherwise, it will be seamless and its down to the politicians do sort through the red tape.
We will not have border posts requiring passports at Carlisle, we will travel as we do currently back and forth, just like they do from the Republic of Ireland to the North, or to Scotland and England and Wales.
We will not become foreigners to our friends and relatives in England…
These are the main sort of questions I have been asked, it really is not the horrendous problems some try to make out, so don’t worry you will be fine.
Many people have said, my heart says yes but my head says no,or don’t know.
Well all I can say is follow your heart,because it knows you better than anyone else, even yourself maybe.
Too often people have been frightened out of following their heart in all sorts of situations and events in life, because other people have bullied them, frightened them, or told them that they were doing something wrong. In almost every occasion, the hurt caused by not following their has just not been worth it,and many have regretted it, some for the rest of their lives, even dying with regret.
Do not let that happen to you, instead follow your heart, it wont lead you astray.
That does not mean to say you don’t use the head, of course you do, and you must!
Use them both together, be guided by them, but let your head follow your heart, and help your heart to find the solutions which will allow your desire, solutuons can always be found for what you really really want.
Do not let fear paralyse you, be bold, be corougeous and be strong…Fear which incapacitates is a terrible thing. Feel the fear, and face it down, and go ahead and do what you want to do anyway.
The thing about fear, is that very often it is groundless, and when you actually pass through it, you find it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as you feared it would be. In fact it probably didn’t hurt at all.
Come Friday morning.. Please do not waken up and have that awful feeling in your gut that tells you, you made a massive mistake by not following your heart. You may never recover from it…
SO please please please….Whatever way you want to vote…YAY or Nae
Keep the heid and follow your heart!!
Obviously I dearly hope that you will join me in an Independent Scotland with aspirations to make this country a better place for all us, for our children and grand children and all that follow.
We can DO THIS!!! To hell with Fear!! Follow your heart! Say YES!