Friday, 19 July 2013

Passenger or Driver?

“It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be...” Isaac Asimov
The world is always changing.

We like to have stability in our lives, the same home, the same friends, the same job, but eventually the passage of time means that these things change whether we want them to or not.  We can shape these events, or have them imposed on us, but nothing remains the same forever.  In essence, this is what the Independence debate is about.

Scottish voters select 4% of the representatives at Westminster.  This wasn’t enough to stop the privatisation of the Royal Mail, prevent the Bedroom Tax or advance renewable energy targets.  We are passengers who are unable to follow the course we believe to be right.

Look at what you could have won...

Westminster can’t offer stability, because there is no stability.  The world is changing and will continue to change.  Just a generation ago the army of the Soviet Union were occupying Afghanistan, not a single web page existed, and a litre of petrol was 38.4 pence (1989).  The world is unrecognisable and the same will be said a generation from now.  The question to ask is: do you want the people who live in Scotland to make decisions affecting Scotland?

"Oh by jingo, you North Britons can't do with me and my chums!" David Cameron (probably)

Distant Westminster will not put Scotland’s interests first.  Take the EU negotiations that Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed in 2011.  As Ian Rankin tweeted: “The United Kingdom consists of 90,060 square miles.  David Cameron has fought tooth and nail for 1 of them.”  As passengers we cannot stand up for ourselves.  Instead our strength and influence is used to advice the interests of a few.  This isn’t right.
"We need to protect job creators!" Coalition statement (probably)

Independence means that we decide what we should do.  We don’t need to follow a business attitude towards warfare, be at conflict with someone 4 out of every 5 years, and have foreign aid paid directly to a handful of wealthy individuals.

Passenger or driver?  We can 100% control over our car, or 4%.  I know which I consider to be safer.

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