a Guest Post by Lauren Reid
I am just an ordinary mum from Bathgate campaigning for Scotland to become an Independent Nation. I’m not a secret SNP activist nor have I ever voted for them in my life. I’m not genetically programmed to make political decisions according to the woman who had my vote. But I believe that says more about her than me.
I find it difficult to admit sometimes, but less than six months ago, I was very much determined we were Better Together. I had a love of the Union. I just didn’t know the Union I loved didn’t exist. The Union that did, was broken. Irreparably.
It has taken me 30 years to arrive at the conclusion that Scotland should be an Independent country. It did not come as easily for me as for some. I wrote a letter, in the hope that someone like me would read it and feel there may be a possibility of a better future for us.
The problem with writing a letter like this is that people in the same situation as I was are not looking for information and they don’t really care how I went from No to Yes. The letter I wrote explained how for some of us, it’s just not that straight forward and for that reason I am grateful to the dug for allowing me to post on his blog. For allowing me to show that some of us are just in need of shearing.
I don’t suggest that I know every last detail about the referendum and I don’t suppose my thoughts on the matter would interest most. But if I can reach one person sitting undecided or oblivious then this will be worth it. The fact I have 5 minutes peace from my four little darlings and a large glass of wine to my right is just another bonus on the independence journey.
The referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country has been the first time in my life I’ve been genuinely excited about our nations future, about politics and about our society. And it is a ‘nation’ not a region of the UK, please take note Laurence Robertson.
When you’re sitting watching the TV with your dinner on your lap and some eejit starts droning on about the referendum. Do you think, ‘not again?’ or ‘I can’t wait for September the 18th so they’ll shut up and stop talking about it!’ See that’s the problem for those of us that support it. That is the vision of Scotland after this campaign that we fear the most. We will be told sit down, shut up and get on with it.
There’s not a lot we can do about that. Most people who are not bothered about politics don’t realise Holyrood could be demolished tomorrow, and remembered as that place where Scotland got too big for its boots. Most people not bothered about politics don’t realise the prime minister has said: “It would be wrong to suggest that Scotland could not be another such successful, independent country.” They still believe the too wee and too poor rhetoric. They don’t realise we’ve generated £222 billion more in tax over the last 30 years than the UK average. And they don’t realise, when they hear of how strong the United Kingdom is in response to questions about defence, that since the formation of the Union Scotland has spent only 64 calendar years at peace and the last country to invade us was England! We could well afford our own defence just by scrapping a political weapon of mass destruction which can NEVER be used anyway.
This scares the absolute hell out of me. These are generally the people who will gain the most from independence. The reason they don’t realise all this is they have never been engaged by politicians. And the reason for that is a very simple one. The politicians don’t want them engaged. They probably don’t realise either that we’ve had a referendum before and all the promises of devolution were made back then. I know this because I was one of them.
They don’t realise that they are the most important people in the country today. Part of the one million voters who will decide our future.
So I beg, that you go out, switch off their tellies, wake them up and show them what we have planned for our Wee Country. Show them how we can, we should and we must. Don’t let them wake up on the 19th Sep, happy that they don’t have to listen to any more referendum pish. That’s a pretty bleak aspiration to be happy about. If you don’t want it, you’re going to have to get your own backside into gear and start doing more. I don’t mean just tweet or facebook a link. People who are not bothered at this point in the campaign are not going to look at it. Chap doors, speak to people, join your local Yes team.
This may be the one chance you have in your life time to change your fate.
From a Sheared Orange Lamb
If you haven’t already done so, please read Lauren’s previous guest post: Letter to a Wee Ginger Dug from a Wee Orange Lamb.