Scotland decides, rise.

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.

Rise-Indy-Ref

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We are the change

Ten minutes catching up on the news headlines is enough to make your blood boil!

Obama says he needs to regain some credibility following the Obama care fiasco a few weeks ago… Really? Nothing about needing to regain some credibility because at the Democrat Convention in 2007 he said he would close Guantanamo Bay, restore habeas corpus and end the war. Instead Guantanamo continues with innocent people being force fed due to hunger strikes, NDAA bill was signed as well as CISPA, the NSA scandal erupted and of course we should not forget the drone war which was started by George W. Bush, but utilised and endorsed by Obama. People are summarily tried and excuted without trial and if you are unlucky enough to be a first responder in Pakistan or Yemen, the chances are they will send in the drones again and bomb you. Oh and don’t go to school because there are dozens of Malala’s out there being blown up by Obama’s drone army.

We should give him a peace prize…

Black people in the UK are 3 times more likely to be stopped and detained by the police than white people. This echos another statistic of black people being more than twice likely to be stopped and charged for drug related offences, even though there is an equal amount of use, abuse and sale of it by white and black people. If you are black and detained you are also more likely to die in detention, earlier I had posted being 100% more likely but upon reflection this detracts from others who have suffered at heavy handed police actions.

Nick Clegg says immigrants need to respect our way of life when coming here…you mean the way we do when we engage in illegal wars setting up check points, dropping depleted uranium and white phosphorus on them in their countries whilst listening to heavy metal? Or spreading new democracy by pitching up a McDonald’s restaurant and a Coca-Cola billboard selling trans-fats to children? As if this comment wasn’t bad enough, Clegg said it as a response to David Blunkett who claims there will be riots in his constituency because Romanians are “standing in the streets”. Imagine we lived in a world whereby we had the right to peaceful assembly!?

The fear mongering and scapegoating of Romanians has been relentless from all sides of the mainstream media. I am just waiting for the announcement from the Beeb that the Romanians have cursed our families and we’ll have to go witch hunting.

Where’s the good news? The good news is that people are slowly starting to see the need to join the dots and connect the issues we have been fighting in isolation up until now. Scapegoating and deflection are all means to divide and rule but feel that slowly people are becoming tuned in to this. We have more in common with each other than we do with the corporations and the bosses supposedly running this country and we stand to gain more by standing together than by going it alone. We need to move from being the change we wish to see in the world, to realising we are the change we have been waiting for. Attend rallies, march, talk to others about their problems, find common themes and joint solutions. Our moment is now.