So a 45-55 vote for No, Scotland should not be an independent country. This happened a month ago and still it feels unreal, raw, like it didn’t actually happen. My folks are struggling to understand how a country could vote no for independence and there are a lot of conspiracy theories floating around. This is what I think, beware it is a ramble of thoughts:
My fellow Scots believe what they see on television, what politicians tell them and what they read in the tabloid press and all of these things were saying that Scotland is too poor, too weak, too small to stand on its own but if we give the London politicians a chance they will give us some more powers, they won’t let us run our own country but ‘devo-max’ will be given. They promised this the day before the vote took place. Scots believed them. Its sad, I can’t understand why they didn’t look a wee bit further and see the truth that we can survive on our own.
Currency was a huge question and again, maybe I’m just not as stressed out as some folk, or maybe because I’ve actually been on my arse with nothing and know that you can survive that I didn’t see it as a huge thing. We either use the sterling pound after negotiating with London OR we use any other floating currency that we want. Yes it would be change and confusion and uncertainty for a wee while but we would make it work. I’ve been on too many courses and heard too many people say that change is a good thing for it to be false. Change can empower and motivate, and its never easy.
Pensioners – it turns out it was the old dears who sold us out, the majority of those under 40 voted yes but that changed as voters got older. I can’t find the exact numbers but it was definitely the older generations that voted no and i wonder why? A lot of folk have said they were scared that their pensions would get stopped. I think they were scared and just couldn’t be bothered with change, what is it they say in the workplace? Those that will suffer worse with change? the older workers? Though in saying that the people I’ve seen with the most passion and the most fight in them within the yes camp are pensioners. 🙂
What’s for the future? Well we were at a rally in George Square last Sunday, a hope over fear rally and I can’t explain what was going on. the country had spoken, it said no, but the square was filled with an energy, a hope, a knowledge that this is not the end. The fight for independence goes on and all the people, the huge mix of people will continue to work together, to make this country a better one for Jessica. A lot of folk/media say that we should ‘get over it’ and stop this independence malarkey and again I just don’t get it. Why? every political party that has lost an election don’t just forget about it and disappear, every team that has lost a game doesn’t just go and close their doors, sack the players, do they? No, they regroup, they challenge those who win and come back fighting. This is what the 45% who voted yes are doing. They are regrouping, they are challenging and they are going to fight. They are also growing as all those who voted no thinking we would get more powers are realising that it was all lies as we still haven’t had anything. so the 45% will soon be 50, 55, 60!! I am sure of it. Jessica will grow up with the same spirit for independence that is in me.