I WISH to take this chance to offer our First Minister, whereas she is making ready to current her place on a second independence referendum, with observations, recommendation and touch upon the state of affairs and circumstances surrounding our nation each on the time of the primary independence referendum in 2014 and in our state of affairs presently in 2019. It may be said that the political, financial and social panorama of 2019 couldn’t be extra completely different than that of 2014.
After a protracted interval of making ready our case, we went to the vote in 2014. This befell in an setting with a reluctant UK Authorities satisfied it was solely a formality to extinguish the independence problem; with the total drive of Venture Concern; the unholy alliance of Higher Collectively; a hostile press and BBC; a lower than supportive EU and an SNP ranging from a low help base (20+%) .
The financial argument for independence offered within the white paper was disregarded and the entire of the anti-independence foyer of the political institution was harnessed to belittle any suggestion we may go it alone. Unusual alliances had been fashioned, Labour and Tory, massive enterprise, even a US president, celebrities and movie stars. All satisfied we as a nation had been too wee, too silly , too poor!
Proper on the finish the anti-independence foyer realised it was not a forgone conclusion. Panic set in, massive weapons had been despatched up, guarantees had been made, and we had been advised we had been a valuable a part of the Union! And at last we obtained a Vow. Everyone knows the consequence. A detailed-run factor.
How about now? Properly, the 2019 political panorama couldn’t be extra completely different. A lot has modified, and guarantees made have turned out to be an phantasm. Lots of the anti-independence gamers have gone, their guarantees turned to mud. Has the demand for independence faltered? Not within the slightest! Has the UK modified? Sure. Has the EU modified? Sure. Has Scotland modified? Sure.
First Minister, as you mull over and seek the advice of over your future independence technique can I counsel the next: the UK exterior Scotland is in political meltdown, Labour and the Tories are cut up and in meltdown, Westminster with its archaic and pointless adherence to a time passed by is irrelevant to Scotland’s wants. Scottish MPs are met with derision, indifference and by no means listened to. The folks of Scotland and overseas watch this pantomime on a weekly foundation. Westminster can’t stay because the authorized spokesperson and legislator for Scotland.
Additional points so that you can be aware as you deliberate. The Vow, a lie, a promise damaged. Scotland a part of the valuable Union? That is laughable, we’re handled with disrespect in any respect ranges of presidency. Brexit has confirmed this angle each step of the best way as our nation was disregarded of all decision-making even once we had a big majority to stay. It was nearly laughable how our nation was ignored by the BBC and press on the problem of Brexit. How rather more needs to be achieved to our nation by the UK earlier than we realise we can be ruled this manner ceaselessly till we take our future into our personal palms.
Can I add some positives? The EU “is aware of us higher”, they won’t stand in the best way of any membership utility; Scotland socially and economically has been modified past any recognition. We are actually fairly completely different as a nation in comparison with England. Our social democracy is a beacon within the UK. We’re completely different from Scotland 2014; we now have “obtained on with the day job”. Our battle is thought worldwide. We now have a Sure motion which now operates successfully within the 4 corners of Scotland. We now have a Development Fee report which lays naked the positives and negatives of a post-independent Scotland.
Many in Scotland after all stay to be satisfied about independence. First Minister, it is going to be your process and the duty of the supporters of independence to make sure that this time a transparent, concise technique is put in place. We’re wiser this time, we now have better data and expertise. I consider that the positives for independence now outweigh the negatives. Scotland has confirmed it may flourish as an impartial nation. Let’s be certain to inform our folks all the nice issues which have occurred since 2014, how our nation can flourish, and to elucidate successfully the problems of the financial system, the forex, oil, fishing, agriculture and the EU.
Keep in mind we begin from a base of 45% this time! I’m prepared. Are you?