On the eve of the Scottish Referendum poll I think it an appropriate time to ‘cool down on my rhetoric’ and ponder the consequences of the vote, for us all. I, like a great many people in England, have Scottish in-laws. What often tends to happen is that the issues of loyalty and identity are often left unspoken, so as not to cause friction or upset families. So in that respect the referendum has been of value in forcing us all to confront these issues, rather than leaving them unmentioned, to become a festering sore.
I support the ‘YES’ campaign, because I want England to be a separate and independent nation, with its own parliament and government. If Scotland choses to do likewise then I believe this will help me achieve my aims for England. I am perfectly happy to declare my own selfish reasoning. For too long I feel that my identity, which is as important as any other persons identity, has been buried beneath a sea of ‘British’ rhetoric. I love England, I want to see it prosper and I want everyone that lives here to be able to hold their head high and feel proud to be English!
However what I don’t propose to do is detach England from either Scotland or Wales, and to me this is the main point. Whatever happens on 18th September, England, Scotland and Wales will continue to be part of the island of Britain.
Our fellowship on this island means that we need to co-operate for the benefit of all. We have an interest in protecting our coastline from unwanted invasion, and we must work to ensure that the water we drink and the air we breathe remain clean and fresh. There are other matters of mutual benefit, but these examples seem important enough.
Agreements on these issues above and the countless others not enunciated can be achieved in an open and honest way by a free discussion amongst independent states. Why do we need a British Government to do these things? I don’t believe that we do. My view is that the things we care about should be discussed in the open, so that each side understands the deal they will be getting and that of their contemporaries. The problem that our dis-United Kingdom has is that for too long the British political establishment have sorted out matters, usually in secret. In the end no one really understands who is getting what and for how much. This eventually leads to suspicions and down-right disbelief in what you’re being told. The Scots have felt like this for a number of years, and now the English are beginning to feel the same.
The real losers from a ‘YES’ vote are not the people of Scotland or England, but the rotten political parties that support the existing British state. It has been in their interests for at least the last 70 years, that the people keep out of politics and leave it all to them. After all they know best don’t they! The panic shown by the leaders of the Labour and Conservative parties over the last week or so, has little to do with a love of Britain and everything to do with a desire to keep this ‘game’ going. Cameron and Miliband might try to convince us of their love for Britain, but what they really love is the privileges and power that come with the ‘con’ that is Westminster politics.
The British political establishment and its media attack dogs have portrayed this referendum differently as it suited their needs. First they said it was purely a matter for Scotland, and nothing to do with England. Recently they have changed their tune and are portraying it as some kind of armageddon, whereby the Scots and the English will be erecting a 10′ wall between them. In truth both of these positions are nonsense, because in actual fact the Scots and the English will be just like neighbours everywhere. Sometimes we will get on and have each other round for tea, and at other times we will be arguing about matters and falling out. Ultimately though we will be like most good neighbours everywhere, we will just have to rub along or make each others lives a living hell.
Our geography binds us together and our history pulls us apart.
We all need to grasp the opportunity afforded us by the Scottish Referendum to re-think our politics. The people of England especially need the same kind of debate as the Scots have just had. We need to understand our country – ENGLAND, and what we want for it.
Let us face the future with a new, bold spirit. With independence we are not losing our neighbours but merely conversing with them from a different perspective. I hope the people of Scotland make that bold decision and vote ‘YES’. By that act they will do us all a great favour and embolden the process to finally rid us of the British political class. We should remember well that it is these people who have led us to our current predicament, where we hardly recognise England, even as it was only 25 years ago.
FORTUNE favours the BRAVE!
Will it be SCOTLAND the BRAVE?