Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday the 10th of February visited Scotland to outline the main reason why the people of Scotland should vote no in the referendum.
“Put simply: Britain works. Britain works well. Why break it?”
David Cameron didn’t think Britain was working so well back in 2010 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/24/cameron-broken-britain), but that was before he managed to solve all these problems as Prime Minister (it was also before the referendum on Scottish Independence was declared, but we aren’t so cynical as to suggest he is saying the exact opposite of what he believes just so that we vote no and keep him in power).
But Mr Cameron has highlighted an important issue and, as a special Valentine’s Day entry, we would like to list some of the examples that prove ‘Britain works well’.
The UK has the most unequal society in the western world:
And it is only getting worse:
We’re losing our civil liberties and rights:
And the census doesn’t record our languages properly:
The economy is stuttering along:
Where even those who have a job struggle:
The food we eat is a mystery:
And getting more expensive all the time:
Westminster’s created an expensive cleanup bill for nuclear power plants:
Despite renewable energy (which Scotland has huge amounts of) being cheaper:
Child poverty remains an ongoing problem:
With some of the numbers hidden from Westminster figures:
And there are more likely to be added:
It’s not so good if you’re older either:
Or have disabled dependents:
Still, MPs at Westminster can look forward to a well deserved pay increase:
Including those who don’t turn up too often:
David Cameron stated that ‘if you told many people watching those Olympics around the world that we were going to erect barriers between our people, they’d probably be baffled’. They might not be ‘baffled’ if they came from Australia, Barbados, Belize, Brunei, Canada, The Gambia, Grenada, India, The Republic of Ireland, Kenya, Mauritius, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Seychelles, the Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, the United States, Vanuatu, Yemen or Zambia, as each of these nations achieved the same thing we want: the freedom to make decisions for ourselves.
Of course, for David Cameron and his friends, the status quo works very well indeed.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
We’re another week closer to that all important vote in Autumn 2014. Every opinion poll, every survey, every prediction will by that time have an easily quantifiable value, i.e. zero. Expensive surveys conducted by a wealthy few do not win votes and the only thing that really matters is how many people vote yes.
Sign for Scotland members Drew and Ronnie at last year's March and Rally for Scottish Independence.
But one of the great barriers that pro independence supporters need to overcome is the notion that ‘Yes’ is beyond us. It’s easy to think that the task of instilling self belief into our country men and women is too hard, or that there are too many people who will never consider independence, but this isn’t the case.
While it’s true that there are some who can never be persuaded that the decisions affecting the people of Scotland should be made in Scotland, the vast majority of those around us just aren’t sure. They don’t know what reforms could be made or the positive impact an independent Scotland could have on our neighbours and the wider global community.
The numbers indicate that we put more into the union than we take out. Every survey shows that we tend to be more altruistic than the Westminster politicians who govern us. Most of us want welfare and economic policies decided at our parliament, but it is becoming clearer with each passing day that the only way we can guarantee this is with independence and here lies the one great advantage ‘Yes Scotland’ supporters have; no-one can say what the future will hold, but the future of a post independence Scotland will be shaped by and for her people. A ‘no’ vote gives that power away, not just from us, but from our children and grand-children.
So what’s Sign for Scotland’s message to everyone who supports independence? With a little faith in our cause, with a little hope that the future can be brighter, and with a little clarity provided to our friends and neighbours, we can secure a big, resounding YES!
‘Faith, hope and clarity’ is the key, now let’s go out there and win!
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