I feel like this couldn’t be more relevant, with less than 2 months to go until the referendum on Scottish Independence.
Tensions are high and the topic is being debated more and more in social settings. There are conflicting arguments and concerns left, right and centre.
Personally the way I see it is we’re voting for two uncertain outcomes. Let’s face it no one can predict the future so a No vote is hardly a vote for the status quo what with the impending austerity measures and the increase in popularity of the likes of UKIP. However, at least with a Yes vote, the people of Scotland will have a say over what comes next.
I’ve said it a million times and this certainly won’t be my last time. Being pro independence is not anti English, Welsh or Northern Irish. It is anti Westminster, and very much pro democracy. I do agree that there is disproportionate representation all over the UK, but we’ve been given the chance to change this for ourselves. Why on earth would we vote no to this opportunity and slow the process? If Scotland votes yes it will show that people power does work, and I believe it will set the wheels in motion for the rUK to achieve real democracy.
I’m voting yes because I believe in equality for every single person, irregardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or class. I believe that every vote should count - and at the moment every single person in Scotland could not vote in a general election and it wouldn’t make a blind bit of difference to the outcome. That really unsettles me.
My friends that are English, Welsh or Northern Irish will still be my friends when the results are in, and more importantly my friends that are no voters will still be my friends. How could I call myself open minded and then not be able to tolerate a friend who’s political views differ slightly from mine?
Independence is not going to result in the ‘land of milk & honey’. That’s just down right idealistic and naive to suggest that. But what it does mean is that the first time ever the people of Scotland will be self governed. And if we do fuck it up at any point (and let’s be realistic here - we will), at least we’ll be able to take responsibility for our actions.