After centuries of struggle the Scottish get a shot at independence and the right to self-determination, but will they seize it?
The campaign for independence versus better together has heated up in the past two weeks, as Westminster suddenly realised that the vote was too close to call and the leaders of the three main parties have been on the charm offensive. However, the sight of them only serves to highlight the failings of successive Westminster governments for us all.
For Labour this trip north comes somewhere between 4 and 17 years too late after the New Labour project, lead by war criminal Tony Blair, ushered in more Tory-lite policies and values and Ed Milliband has presided over one of the least effective opposition campaigns in recent memory. For his teams pounding the streets to constantly repeat: ‘You don’t want 5 more years of the Conservatives’ really underlines the lack of dynamism or variation in the major policies of our mainstream political parties. The Conservatives would seem to have much to gain from a Scottish breakaway, not least because they have only 1 MP in Scotland and the loss of 40 odd Labour MPs would surely put pay to Labour ever holding a majority in parliament. Nick Clegg we can only assume was there as chief fluffer.
Every one and their dog have had their say on the vote for independence, from Bob Geldof and David Beckham writing a letter (who knew!?) to Eliza Doolittle and Frankie Boyle, though if entertainment value was the deciding factor on the yes/no vote, then Frankie Boyle would win hands down and Scotland would have their freedom. The scare-mongering campaign of the better together camp has been nothing short of shameful, from asking how they will protect themselves without the might of her Majesty’s armed forces to Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England (BoE) threatening Scotland with having to have billions in reserve to break away from England and not being able to rely on our central bank (lucky them). Without getting into a looonnnng blog about the monetary system and how it is created, it should suffice to say that Carney obviously has not heard about fractional reserve banking, or if he has, does not want to discuss it publicly at this point. If these views, expressed by Carney and the fear mongers in the NO camp are their true belief’s then Scotland and it’s people could do worse than to tell the BoE, Queen, David Cameron, George Osborne or whomever is the next chancellor that they can take their debt with them and launch their own debt free currency, free from banking tyranny, with a nationalised energy industry free from privatisation.
This move would come at a price and the very real threat of a future invasion by the American government under the guise of ‘New Democracy’ as a liberation force for the Scots. At this point the threat of ‘how will you protect yourselves?’ may come to bear but otherwise, without the current association of the imperialist armies that are rampaging through the Middle East on a resource grab, they might in fact find that they are safer with out us.
For the English, it seems like the biggest concern has been about what the flag will look like, what will our name be and a host of other trivial concerns. What amazes me is the very people who want a referendum on being ‘in or out’ of Europe would see that Scotland either did not have a vote or that now they do, to vote no. Self determination is the right of all people, Scotland’s fate should be no different. The only question will be whether they will be daring enough to go all the way, with a debt free currency, ditch the debt and follow the ways of Iceland after the recession. Do not get me wrong, I do not entirely trust Salmond to deliver the world that Scotland dreams but the people can demand it by keeping up the pressure following a yes vote.
Do not be undone by fear, create your own reality and live the lives you have always dreamed – free.