A Response to the fears of a No voter

I’ve been trying to engage No voters, to find out if there is anything that can be said to allay their fears, put there mind at rest, and convince them that Independence isn’t the big, scary bogey man it is portrayed as.

“There was not one fear, but many. Currency, EU, Voice within EU, tax, cost of setting up own gov, white paper over egging price of oil, were just a few”

Without knowing your exact position and situation, it’s hard to be specific, that’s why people are encouraged to do their own research and apply it to their own situation and what they care about.

The cost of setting up our own government is actually quite small, as we wont have to replicate everything that Westminster has, we can do it smaller and more efficient. Some of it is already in place anyway.

Currency? Seriously, what are you actually afraid of when it comes to the currency? Is it going to impact you? It doesn’t bother Ireland and NI, who also have an open border btw. It doesn’t bother the people down south who keep popping to France. It doesn’t stop anyone who holidays in Ibiza, or us buying Japanese cars, or toys from China. Seriously, it’s one of the biggest non-issues that was blown up out of all proportion.

The EU question is another spanner they threw in the works. UK withdrawing from the EU is a very real possability, regardless of what we think. We also have no voice at the EU table now, as we are drowned out by England.  Our own seat at the table is vital to protect our interests.

Oil is not the only egg in our basket, and the price is always going to fluctuate. The treasury have always underestimated it, and the SNP often overestimate it. The difference isn’t much to worry about however. We have enough oil reserves, and the ability to increase or decrease production as required. The price of oil is never going to plummet, in fact if it starts to run out, the price will go up as we all rely on it so heavily.  However, do you know that Westminster are grabbing historic Scottish waters by redefining the borders, and claiming the odd oil and gas field along the way?  Do you also know that there is a lot of oil and gas buried under the sea on the west coast of Scotland that we cannot access so long as Trident remains berthed in the Clyde?  The price of oil is of less importance than the amount of oil and gas, and getting access to it.
And while they distract you with uncertain oil prices, they forget to mention the massive renewable energy industry, and how we could end up exporting oil, gas, water, and electricity to England, rather than them just taking what they want.

Tax.  That’s a tough one.  You might be better off, you might be worse off, but by how much either way?  A couple of percent?  Another non-issue blown way out of proportion.  Scotland is more inclined to lower direct taxes (i.e. from your pay packet) to put more money in your pocket.  That gets spent, boosts the economy, goes into someone elses wage packet, and they get taxed… that’s how the economy works, and should have been done from 2008 when everything crashed.  More money in pockets is better for everybody.  The more they take out your pay packet, the less you have to spend, the less they earn in the long run.

They also don’t talk too much about TTIP, and the detrimental affect it will have on the NHS.  There was a lot of things they didn’t talk about, they just tried to distract people by turning our points around.  The No Thanks campaign didn’t really have any proposals or figures of their own to use, just “stay as we are”.  It’s not stay as we are though, is it?  It’s more cuts, it’s more foreign wars, it’s more resources drained out of the entire Union and syphoned down to Westminster.  It’s more corruption, it’s more jobs for the boys, it’s more corporate profits by government subsidy, from taxpayers pockets.  It’s more Amazon and Starbucks, taking your money twice and giving nothing back, so they can save you £1 on a book or overpriced coffee with your name spelt wrong.

Pay very close attention to the News (both mainstream and alternative) over the next year or so, to see what is and isn’t being said.  Like the changes to the welfare system to make it harder for us to operate seperately

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Is Democracy Dead?

Have a wee look at how things have been going in this country, and this Union.  The games rigged.  I don’t know who set it up, or what their motives were, I know that the numbers have been fiddled with a few times over the years, but essentially it all boils down to one key fact.  Once you’ve got a grasp of that, everything else is revealed for the joke it is.
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The house of commons (and by reflection Holyrood), is designed in such a way that a political party, by fair means or foul, must hold a majority of the available seats to form an effective government.  Half of them, plus 1.  Forgetting personalities, policies and everything else, all efforts are focused on getting as many seats as possible to reach and surpass the golden number.  It becomes all about party.

Like any system, it has its strengths and weaknesses, and the weaknesses are their to be exploited.  An MP (or prospective MP) is assigned a seat to fight for, the electoral commission rules state that your home address does not need to be in the constituency where you are standing.  It may not be where they live, or where they were brought up, they might not even know( or have set foot in) the area at all, but that now becomes theirs.  This is very wrong.  If a wannabe PM has already selected his future cabinet, he can assign them seats that are considered “safe”, to ensure he gets the cabinet he wants.  Take our beloved David Cameron, he somehow represents a little known constituency of Witney in Oxfordshire.  Unknown to the likes of you or I perhaps, but very well known in the conservative party as a safe seat.  What is his connection with Witney, or even Oxfordshire?  Well, he did go to Oxford, so it’s possible he may have been in the area once or twice….

So, now we get down to the nitty gritty, in a General Election, you are either voting for the party you want, or against the party you don’t want.  Often this is based entirely on who we have just had, so it can be a pat on the back, or a kick in the arse.  Essentially the only two parties able to contend for the magic majority (either singly or in coalition) are Labour and Conservative.  Everyone else will be on the fringes somewhere.  They all know this.

So, if you are a greedy, power hungry, selfish, bank loving posh knob, who wants to abuse the systems of government for the personal gain of yourself, friends and family, and to ensure that those gains remain unassailable and lucrative, you make sure that you can maneuver yourself to the top table of the Conservative party through those very same friends and family.
If you are a clever, greedy, power hungry, selfish, bank loving posh knob, who wants to abuse the systems of government for the personal gain of yourself, friends and family, and to ensure that those gains remain unassailable and lucrative, you make sure that the opposition party is headed by someone not too dissimilar to yourself.

In this way, both parties, while pretending to be different and vocally objecting to each other in very public ways, can happily sit back knowing that whoever wins, things will be good for them, their family and friends.

careThe kicker then becomes the public involvement.  We get to pretend that our little bits of paper are important, and we might adjust one or two numbers on the edge of the equation, but the result will always be the same.  One of the two parties will hold on to power for another five years, ensuring that the apple cart is upset.  Even should one election throw up a random result that somehow results in a hung parliament, or a bloody miracle of some other party getting in power, they will first make sure that party doesn’t do anything too damaging (to them, not to us), and secondly it’s only five years, it will be back to normal very soon.  A minor blip in their long game with no statistical significance in the long run.
So, yes we have politics, we may even have democracy depending on what definition you use.  Do we have influence, and the power to affect real change in the foreign and domestic affairs of our country?  Not a chance, and unless something changes radically, we never will.

Are you happy with that?

A Scotsman.