The crumbling castle of can’t

Go home Yes supporters. Let’s stick our heads under the duvet and give up. It’s all over, we’ve lost, we’ve been trounced and humiliated and everybody hates us … Meanwhile in other news from the same dystopian universe, immigrants give you cancer, benefits claimants are dishonest cheating wastrels to a man and woman, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are the voices of common sense, and Scotland only wants independence because we hate the English. Welcome to Ukmedialand.

A recent opinion poll has been published that seemingly shows a fractional increase in the gap between Yes and No, and it’s proof positive that the only person in Scotland who is going to vote Yes is the guy with the blue painted face and the jimmy wig whose photie is always used to illustrate articles on independence. But we must not take that too seriously, the photo that is, the poll is deadly serious – no, honest. We’re just being prissy and humourless to complain. In the words of Alistair Darling – Don’t you know what a joke is? We do Alistair. And it’s you and your entire campaign. The punchline comes on the 18th of September.

The UK parties are lining up to set their face against any grown up cooperation with the rUK’s northern neighbour. Ed Miliband has pledged Labour will commit suicide in Scotland in the event of a Yes vote, by insisting that the party’s manifesto will contain a promise to veto any currency union with an independent Scotland. If there is a Yes vote, Labour’s MPs will face the Scottish electorate with a promise to screw over their own voters. Mind you, that’s not really new is it? Labour MP Jimmy Hood has already stood up in the Commons to assure his not so honourable friends that even if it was conclusively proven that Scotland would be better off with independence, he’d still vote No. The needs of the People’s Party come before the needs of the People.

But we can now see that the No campaign boils down to a single simple argument. Vote No, because Westminster is vindictive and short-termist. They promise to screw us over if we dare to challenge them, even if that means doing damage to themselves. That’s the definition of malignity. And the lies continue – telling Scotland it “can’t have” the pound, when they know that the argument is about the precise mechanism Scotland uses to retain the pound. An irrelevance whipped up in hatred into a souffle of contempt. Vote No, because we’re better together with lying bastards who drip with disdain. Vote No, because you are nothing.

But the Westminster system is one in which a party can say whatever it likes before an election, and do whatever it likes afterwards. Labour has promised for over 100 years to abolish the House of Lords. In 1997 they promised a Scottish Parliament with tax raising powers and gave us a Parliament whose tax raising powers were so limited and hedged about with caveats that they are unusable. That’s a kept promise from Westminster. The promise there will be no currency union is the same. There will be a currency union, they’ll just call it something else. It’s the great Westminster fudge, the only reliable thing about them.

UK party manifesto promises are not promises, just ask Nick Clegg, David Cameron or Tony Blair, and polls are not predictions. Polls are – in theory – snapshots of public opinion at a given moment in time. But they’re not glossy high definition panoramic photies of a Scottish landscape, they’re blurry and pixellated images of a tiny cross-section of a landscape as seen by Mr Magoo without his glasses on, standing on a hill and looking down from far away. They are not as definitive or as informative as their publishers would have us believe.

The landscape is a Scottish sealoch as the high spring tides approach. On the beach at the head of the loch stands a sandcastle, a paper union flag stuck at a slant into a crumbling tower. The moon is waxing, and soon the spring tide will reach its high water. The beach is strewn with the detritus of 307 years of radioactive militarism, of broken promises, shattered hopes and the footprints of the emigrants who made their way to the ships taking them away from a land whose wealth was sheared off, shot up, sooked up, packed away, and sent off to the lairds and lords in bundled fleeces, the glassy eyes of a stag’s head mounted on a baronial wall, and barrels of oil to power the global city far from the land of broken dreams. Scotland the brave, Scotland the beautiful. Scotland the empty and dispossessed.

Mr Magoo sees the grey overcast skies bleach the colour from the grass, the shapes are vague and indistinct. The dark water indistinguishable from the black rocks. He doesn’t see the movement in the water, the waters that carried away the emigrants, the waters that are now coming home. He can’t make out the women on the shore talking to one another about what might have been, and what can still be. They’re talking about dignity, about self-respect, about taking charge of their own lives.

The women are quietly turning cannae into can and have a lesson for their children. A lesson about the day they thought would never come, and how to make it come by building it for yourself. Trust yourself with your own future, they’ll tell them. Listen to your own inner voice, not to others who tell you you can’t. You are a child of Scotland and you can be anything you want. All you need is your own strength and the love of those who care about you. Trust yourself, trust your loved ones, don’t wait for the powerful to grant your wishes, seize the power of your own strength and talents and resources. Define yourself or be defined. They’ll teach the children of Scotland how to change the world, one conversation at a time.

Mr Magoo can’t hear or see the conversations, high on the hill where the two hundred windbags whistle don’t leaves in his ears. He doesn’t see the current he sees currency, putting a price on a soul.

The tides of independence lap at the shore, washing away the hurt and the pain, scouring away the shame, cleansing the land. They rise, they fall, they ebb and flow. And with every passing day they reach ever higher as the Moon looks down and smiles.

The waters reach the sandcastle, washing away the foundations. The castle of can’t is crumbling. The spring tide is coming. The waters are talking, listen to the current not the currency.

Some people have reported difficulties accessing the site over the past couple of days. I understand that WordPress, who host this blog, have been doing some work on their servers. I was having some problems accessing the back end of the site the other day, but everything seems to be working just fine now. If you are still experiencing problems they ought to resolve themselves shortly. As far as I can tell there is no evidence of any nefarious activity, so nae need for any tinfoil hats.

64 comments on “The crumbling castle of can’t

  1. Steve Asaneilean says:

    And the great thing about tides is that they are full of energy, they are trustworthy, they cannot be stopped and they clear all the detritus on the beach away…

  2. rosa alba says:

    The sheer ridiculous, unco-ordinated, unprofessional nature of the No Campaign defies belief, with its reduction to giant passive-agressive chocolate coins.
    The parliamentarians insisting there is no Plan B (C, D, E) despite Alex’s drawing people’s attention to page nos in the white paper, look stupit.

    More bizarre the failure of the PR machine of the Butter Melts In Their Silver Spoon campaign to understand the Stereotypical “Aye We Can” response “No, You Can’t” is a serious miscalculation, however, it is true to say there has been an accurate surmisal (if mealymouth utterance via Johann) of the internalised oppression of the internally colonised: grateful for every drop of frack-free water to be allowed them from their own wells, and full of a, “serve us right” attitude for an contamination.

    In fairness.this may have made the campaign difficult to strategise far less to run with a coherent plan. Project Fear does work with those (like Grannie Labour) who feel British Internationalist (say it with pride, like Gordie: I’M an INTERnationalist, not a NATIONalist). Yes really, they are INternationalists where Nationalism more than implies correlation with Nazism. But playing to the fearties in the boxes and dress circle forgot those in the cheap seats: the thrawn who never fully absorbed the aspirations of the mantle of Unionism.

    In an intereting aside, Grannie Labour, who believes every word spat from the mouth of Gordie or Johann is convinced that Gordon, and Gordon alone moved swiftly to rescue the banks. Or we would have been done for. No mention of his sitting presiding over their deregularion. Of course, she also believes Maggie Vaughan whom she is met is a lovely woman, attacked by Cybernatz.

    UNfortunately in playing the Project Fear card they were playing Snap with those inclined to vote Unionist anyway – or maybe solitaire. Not, of course, playing with themselves.

    The other serious miscalculation was the under-estimation of Social Media. Better Together proudly ejaculated online, on Friday: 2,000 likes on FB. Yes Scotland has 212,500 and rising. The limited online presence of BT tends to Cyberbrit in my experience, and even more ironically, the demographics of ego-massaging internally oppressed. I am not a psephologist – although the campaign has at least introduced me to that term – but that demographic would seem to be the generation slightly older than me, say over 55.

    Gah I should have put this response in my own blog.

  3. mary vasey says:

    What a way with words – brilliant wgd thank you

  4. Had a dream last night that ah was carryin a load of broken up bits that were saltired coloured an made up a map of Scotland it was quite heavy. Then I thought why don’t I put it down in the right shape an see what it looks like.Being bogged down by aw this pre vote pish I’d realised I ‘d forgotten the fine future ahead . So far today .. I’ve been in charge of media and inclusion..rural support and development…youth innovation development..nearly dipped ma wee toe into sport and community give back but don’t know much about bats a ba’s. Have ago yourself!! Time to get future plans discussed .Enjoy!!

  5. June Maxwell says:

    A few words of thanks to WGD for this blog. First, I hope your own personal situation might have eased somewhat in the last few days since I read of your pain. Secondly, I have been feeling rather sad and apprehensive lately. I fear a No vote. My feelings are not only for myself, but for all the Herculean effort that’s been produced in the last year by the members of our grassroots movement. So, your blog and your conviction that we will secure a Yes result has brightened my mood significantly. So, thank you for that and I will try to keep it in mind while dodging the daily No bullets. 🙂

    • YESGUY says:

      keep the faith June.

      We YESSERS are everywhere in huge numbers. I have spoken to so many and the Nay sayers a a small predictable group who more than likely won’t vote.They’ve never voted before because they don’t see the point.

      YESSERS will vote in huge numbers just don’t fret too much we are almost there.

      Like WGD says the tide is coming in and washing away the lies and scares. They use the same ones over and over . Nothing else.

      Thoughts are with you and Andy , Paul.

      Final stretch folks.

      P.S. MUNGUINS REPUBLIC . Tris has a letter about the STV debate and YES and DK voters being turned away. well worth a read as it shows how much the media have lied and we already know that anyway.

  6. jdman says:

    Aa like ma tinfoil hat and ah’m keepin it oan

  7. Hugh Wallace says:

    Reblogged this on Are We Really Better Together? and commented:
    “The tides of independence lap at the shore, washing away the hurt and the pain, scouring away the shame, cleansing the land. They rise, they fall, they ebb and flow. And with every passing day they reach ever higher as the Moon looks down and smiles.”

  8. Some of those BT ‘likes’ were stolen from hacked accounts. Mine among them.

  9. And before I forget my manners, thanks Paul. Another tonic!
    Mary, I’m going to try a wee bit of what you did. I’ll start with transport as it’s something I have half a clue about.

  10. Poppy says:

    This is one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I have ever seen. Thank you for your calming words:)

  11. Marian says:

    You have a way with words Paul.

    Question is why doesn’t the YES leadership also say these things?

  12. Yer doing it again Paul, I hae to keep polishing my glasses, they keep steaming up, or misting up ….or….well ye ken what I mean. I love the analogy with the tide….the sea has been part of my story in some ways for so long, and even now is, as away from the croft I work with the infant tidal turbines, some of them clever monsters of the deep that are still maturing and when they do, if we are strong enough to seize the chance to manufacture them, we will be the envy of the world…..The subjects I like to write about are from the heart, from the Highlands and the Lowlands, from the Clearances and the loss of industry, and when I read your works, I see that same heart…..and I wish I could have written that we bitty that Hugh picked out above…..Aye the Moon looks down and smiles, because the tides of the night and the tides of September will peak a few days after the referendum, by then the foundations of empire will finally be eroded, and the sea will wash it away!

  13. JGedd says:

    Thanks for that, Paul. Superb imagery to swoon over. My wee glass is still half empty with fag ends in it, but I can see the moon in the bottom of the glass.

  14. Bamstick says:

    I’ve had enough of this notion that us YES supporters are anti-English.
    Most of us, if we’ve been involved in genealogy, will have found that somewhere in the family tree we have non-Scottish ancestors. I can trace myself back to the tin mines in Cornwall and the flint mines in Wales. I even found out about the Ulster Scots as I have a link there too.

    I’m not anti-English, or Welsh or Irish or anything. What I am is pro freedom, pro the right to chose, pro the ability to look after our own communities. There are a great deal of people spread throughout these British Isles who have been treated in the same way as we have. But, we are lucky just now, we have the opportunity to change all of this.

    Our ancestors fought in wars to give our country and other countries the freedom to live in peace and to look after each other. I have ancestors buried in Poland, France and Belgium. They were fighting for more than their country. They were upholding everything that we see as being decent, fair and honorable about being human beings. None of them wrote home to their country, they wrote home to the people that mattered to them, their families and friends.

    We don’t have to emigrate to Canada to find a better way of life for our families and future families, we can stay at home and get it here, in the place we love.

    We don’t have to move from Ross-shire to Paisley just because sheep make more money for “the man” than we can on our wee small-holdings.

    We don’t end up in Paisley jail awaiting transportation to Van Demon’s land just because we stole food to feed our families. Aye, a bad man was my ancestor, a repeat offender, he stole food twice and was denied entry back to Scotland for his crimes after 10 years hard labour.

    All we have to do is vote YES.

  15. macart763 says:

    Great post Paul and just what was needed after the crap we’ve had to swallow from the meeja this week. Well they’ve succeeded in convincing me of one thing though over the past three years and that is just how vindictive, dishonest, socially divisive and anti democratic the whole rotten system and the parties which support it are.

    None of the three main Westminster parties will ever see my vote or that of any member of my family regardless of result. They were asked to do one simple thing three years ago. Provide a positive case for retaining the union. They chose instead to attack the principle of independence and Scottish independence in particular. They have attacked the Scottish government, the abilities and aspirations of the Scottish electorate and have set about demonising near half their own electorate. They practice analogue politics in a digital age. They preach despair, social division and hatred to an electorate in search of hope and a better way.

    We’re done with that and we deserve better than that. Time to leave it behind.

    • Bamstick says:


      • macart763 says:

        I really enjoy coming to this site. Not only does Paul have a serious knack for lifting people’s spirits, but he also has a knack for encouraging people to really cut loose in their own posts. Best posts on the interwebby to be found on here. A real can do attitude about everyone by the time they’ve paid a visit and had a vent….

        …I’ll rephrase that. Once they’ve reached out and communicated with feeling. 🙂

        • YESGUY says:

          Here here Macart.(One of the best commenters out there.)

          Your posts are ones i follow with relish here and on other sites. Wish i could write like you. I’m a talker but my keyboard skills are getting better everyday. These blogs have shown what a cracking bunch we YESSERS are. How can we lose with support like this ??

          And Paul you leave us all with a smile on our faces . That’s a gift in these gloomy times .

          • macart763 says:

            Meant what I said to you on Bella. I’ll go further, get yourself a post together and get it out there. I know you can do it. The more folks like us share our experiences and hopes the better. We’re ordinary people who want to achieve something extraordinary and the more we share, the more possible it becomes. 🙂

          • weegingerdug says:

            Please write a piece. Don’t worry about things like spelling or punctuation. In a previous life I was a subeditor, so will polish up your piece for publication. You don’t think all these journalists in the mainstream media can actually spell do you?

            • Mick Pork says:

              Thanks for making it clear you consider submissions Paul I probably wouldn’t have written such an extensive post like my ‘Judgement Day’ one below and instead emailed it you for consideration. (and indeed that much needed polish 😀 ) I’ve been a fairly regular visitor for a while but tended to comment extensively on another scottish blog. Thing is, all the main scottish blogs (including yourself I hasten to add) seem to be getting very busy now so I like to visit and comment on quite a few.

              Annyhoo.. I have been mulling another piece that follows on from the one below and if I can get it into some kind of shape in a few days I’ll maybe give you an email with it and ask what you think.

              Looking forward to more articles from yourself too. 🙂

  16. Jeannie says:

    Got me greetin’ again, Paul. Such beautiful imagery and metaphor. Thanks for that.

  17. antimodean says:

    Reblogged this on antimodean and commented:
    A Wee Ginger Dug speaks what is in my mind

  18. antimodean says:

    On the basis that you have written what is on my mind, but did a much better job of it than me, Paul, I have taken the liberty of reblogging this on my site. Thank you.

  19. Gun Ainm says:

    I hadn’t come across this blog before – sorry to read about your troubles, and I hope you find peace and strength.

    But I couldn’t read this and not comment:

    “On the beach at the head of the loch stands a sandcastle, a paper union flag stuck at a slant into a crumbling tower.”

    The SNP policy is that this sandcastle:
    – will provide our currency
    – and our central bank
    – and our financial regulator
    – set our interest rates
    – collect our taxes
    – and administer our benefits system

    but at the same time we’re hoping it gets washed away?

    And if the neighbouring state refuses, then we’re going to use sterling as our national currency – the equivalent of USSR using dollars, only without any roubles? The only people who like that idea are the Adam Smith Institute enthusiasts who think it is the nearest thing to the gold standard. Balanced budgets, no government borrowing and a shrunken state sector.

    There are more sensible/realistic voices on the Yes side, who recognise we could set up an independent state (yes, with our own currency and central bank – like everyone else!), and that it would come with costs, but these have been sidelined by Yes/SNP message management.

    Possibly they will now get a hearing. The debate just got real.

    • rabthecab says:


      They will neither collect our taxes nor administer the benefits system; these will be under the full control of the elected Scottish Government.

    • weegingerdug says:

      The sandcastle’s a metaphor dear. And it’s not a metaphor for a currency union. Litrachur, ‘s loast oan some folk… I’m no Seamus Heaney or nothing, but come on furgodssake.

      It’s a metaphor for the notion that the punters of Scotland must wait like supplicants for our betters in the Westminster Parliament to deliver us from poverty, from alienation, from the feeling of powerlessness. Washing away the sandcastle means we realise that if we want to improve this country and turn it into a country where all citizens have a chance of reaching their full potential, then we must take the powers into our own hands to do so. It will not be done for us.

      I’ve already blogged that the importance of the currency issue is grossly overplayed by the No campaign and the media. The reason they do so is clear by your lack of awareness of what a currency union actually involves. It certainly doesn’t mean Westminster collects all our taxes and decides our benefits policy. Neither does it mean that Westminster “provides” the services of a central bank for us. It means Scotland has formal part-ownership. Certainly it’s a minority stakeholding, but at the moment we are represented in the central bank by George Osborne. 10% is a whole lot better than George Osborne %.

      Myself, I don’t really care. Probably if pushed I’d prefer a separate Scottish currency, pegged one to one to sterling. Then Scotland can decide to break the link if it becomes in our interests to do so. But it’s not a big deal for me. We’re going to keep using the pound either way, the sky will not fall in.

      But what I do care about, passionately, is that the inhabitants of Scotland establish the principle that the right to determine what is best for Scotland rests with the people of Scotland. And that means we vote Yes. Sure, taking your destiny into your own hands means you are more exposed – you’re more exposed to risk. There are always costs to everything. I think about it like when making the decision to come out of the closet as gay. It exposed me. I was identifiable to homophobes who might want to attack me. There were risks and uncertainties and it was a scary place to be. But on the other hand it gave me the power and capacity to deal with those risks and to navigate the uncertainties successfully. My life has been vastly better for it. And the fear went away.

      • Blizzard says:

        It’s too bad when you have to explain metaphors. What next? Explaining a punch line? Just keep on writing your great prose Paul. Thanks.

        • setondene says:

          For those with no Gaelic, Gun Ainm means without a name, i.e. anonymous.

          • gerry parker says:

            Thanks for that, I didn’t know that was what Gun Ainm meant.

            It’s a measure of how polite we are on this site that his “concerns” were answered so politely.
            I can think of other places where on offering a criticism he truly would have been left without a name.

  20. alannah says:

    Another uplifting post. I needed this after a day canvassing with the Yessers in the rain. Thanx WGD from the servant of another wee ginger dug, we’re a nation of ‘wee ginger dug lovers’.

  21. Maybe you already thought of this, but it struck me as maybe the killer question that can be asked in the face of the currency union row scaring lots of folks…

    What salmond needed to ask darling was… OK so if you are telling the truth about currency, are you really going to withdraw lender of last resort support from RBS? Yes or No.

    If he answers Yes to that question he will write off up to £80+ billion pounds of taxpayers money in an instant as the share price of the bank collapses. If he answers No the lie will be exposed. So the bluff will be called. If he doesn’t answer, it will undermine confidence in the bank anyway.

  22. macart763 says:

    The spine of Westminster’s currency debate, or rather the ‘peg’ which Tory, Labour and Liberal politicians hang their advice upon when saying naw to a currency union, is that Scotland in a currency union would prove to be some form of unsubstantiated risk to the electorate of the UK. That somehow Scotland’s finances are such a basket case that acting as lender of last resort would expose the pound to unacceptable risk. I say unsubstantiated because they never quite get round to telling us just what financial risk Scotland poses.

    Anyone know what Standard & Poors does for a living?

    “A credit rating is Standard & Poor’s opinion on the general creditworthiness of an obligor, or the creditworthiness of an obligor with respect to a particular debt security or other financial obligation. Over the years credit ratings have achieved wide investor acceptance as convenient tools for differentiating credit quality.”

    Then read:

    Click to access StandardAndPoorsKeyConsiderations.pdf

    I was just thinking, I’d be interested to see what an S&P report would look like based on a UK minus Scotland’s input?

    We’ve had our credit worthiness checked.

    At that point you’d have to ask yourself a couple of questions such as who is the greater financial basket case? And of course thon A4 piece of paper that Gideon received his summary briefing on. Where’s the in depth data and research? Where’s the paper trail of reports, meetings or the digital trail of emails and memos which led to the conclusion that Scotland was a bad risk?

    I’ll tell you what they have convinced me of. They’ve convinced me that its a subject I couldn’t give a flying…

    … squirrel about. I now couldn’t care less if we traded in bottle caps, because I know they’d be brick hard bottle caps underwritten by a creditworthy economy.

    • MBC says:

      The origin of the word ‘credit’ is from Latin, credo, ‘I believe’.

      Belief, trust, is the whole basis of commerce across distances. Without trust commerce collapses.

      Merchants had to be able to believe that those they left credit balances with would honour their debts on their return.

      Quite simply BT are undermining that trust between us. Undermining the very basis of business by their rot.

      If ‘rUK’ do not believe in us, in our credit worthiness, then I do not believe in them.

      Increasingly I am of the Jim Sillars view that 307 years of union counts for nothing with this parcel of rogues and we should not base our currency options on them.

      • macart763 says:

        Must admit their whole approach to this issue has pretty much disgusted me from start to finish. The sheer dishonesty of their position and how it was supposedly arrived at. The contrived showboating of the three parties. The naked implication that they considered an independent Scotland as somehow unfit or fiscally irresponsible, a risk no less.

        As you say “If ‘rUK’ do not believe in us, in our credit worthiness, then I do not believe in them.”

        Frankly now, I couldn’t care less whether they followed through or not. We’ve got plenty of viable options up to and including the use of said bottle caps. They’ve shown their true colours as far as I’m concerned and all the bullshit spewed about the most successful partnership in blah de blah followed by lurve letters simply fails to convince anymore (if it ever did). Their approach has always been that of carrot and stick accent on the stick. The problem with continually using that stick is that those on the receiving end can develop a thick skin.

  23. Nana Smith says:

    Ah Paul you’ve done it again. Lifted my spirits on a grey wet Monday morn. Thank you

  24. Thank you Paul an excellent piece !

    Just a thought, if the unionist parties won’t let us have a currency union or use the pound.

    A YES vote guarantees a DEBT FREE independent Scotland

    What’s not to like?

    And shouldn’t the MSM be reporting the consequences to the rUK ?

  25. HawGaw says:

    “Define yourself or be defined” I like that. That covers it for me.

    • MBC says:

      Or that either you take control of your life and destiny or you are controlled.

    • Elizabeth Buist says:

      Thanks again Paul for like the rest of the comments here you put into words what I feel in my heart and for that I cannot thank you enough!

      And like Haw Gaw that phrase says it all! I am in the process of making a range of inspirational t shirts for standing at the polling stations for the members of my local yes group to wear.

      I think ‘Define Yourself or be Defined’ would make an excellent statement.

  26. Alin Scot says:

    As a lifelong supporter of independence, well maybe not until I was politically aware at 6 months, I am indeed in need of uplift as I am surrounded by No’s in my area and Alex Salmond is intensely disliked by many of them.

    Better Together (BT) recognised from the start that without independence supporting Labour voters, independence was impossible and BT’s strategy from the outset was to conflate Yes Scotland’s umbrella organisation with the SNP and Alex Salmond, thereby exploiting Labour voters’ inbuilt antipathy to voting for anything connected to the SNP.

    Unfortunately I do believe Alex Salmond has fallen into the BT trap and has weakened his position by firstly insisting on only debating with the Prime Minister and when that failed, debating with the Leader of BT. This strategy has in fact made him the de facto leader of the Yes campaign, thereby alienating many pro independence Labour voters who will not vote Yes if they think it is a vote for Alex Salmond or the SNP. Confirmation of a further debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling confirms Alex Salmond as the Yes leader.

    Alex Salmond and Blair Jenkins only want to present a positive vision and while this is fine, many of us crying out for a much more robust repelling of some of BT’s outrageous claims. Where are our feisty speakers? Why are they not taking BT’s case apart? Has Dennis Canavan been sidelined? There are many unanswered questions.

    There is still hope that the Yes side is keeping its “powder dry” for a last minute push but it is beginning to wear a bit thin as time marches on and I do hope the millions donated are still there for this final push, otherwise it would not appear to have been invested wisely.

  27. Mick Pork says:

    I truly envy your eloquence and ability to write prose that seems to flow effortlessly while rousing the spirits Paul. My own efforts have always sadly been a bit rough and ready though I hope they can still be thought provoking. 🙂

    The Yes campaign has established years ago that it has the positive vision for scotland. While throughout the campaign all that No has ever had was relentless negativity. This has culminated in the bizarre spectacle of the unionist media and westminster politicians like Darling demanding that scots ignore every other issue that they care about over Independence and only focus on an issue they think is ‘good for us’. In this case currency. That right there is the arrogance of westminster writ large for all scots to see. It will also be their undoing because I have no doubt whatsoever that few things will annoy scots more than the sight of westminster politicians and the unionist media trying to hijack an entire independence referendum to focus myopically on the one issue that No thinks will scare scots the most.

    Scots want answers on who they should trust with the future of scotland on every subject, not just currency. Any scots with particular concerns over Trident, or poverty, or health, or foreign affairs, or the environment, or education or any of the other myriad subjects that affects the future of our country are being told quite clearly by the No campaign “Do be quiet! All you little people should be worrying about is the pound. You just aren’t smart enough to know what subjects are good for you. We’ll decide that for you.” Here’s the kicker though, it’s not THEIR referendum and it never has been. This is OUR referendum and there’s not a damn thing they can do about the scottish public choosing what subjects we consider most important and why.

    This is not a referendum FOR westminster politicians, it’s a referendum ON westminster politicians.

    Which brings me back to my initial point about our positivity and vision for scotland’s future. We know it’s there, the scottish public know it’s there, even the No campaign must be dimly aware of it when their westminster blinkers aren’t functioning fully. That positive vision from Yes will remain intact and will be the backdrop all the way to polling day.

    Scots aren’t just being asked to choose a between a positive and negative vision for the future of scotland however. The scottish public is finally being asked to judge westminster and everything it has done in our lifetimes. Just imagine how that feeling of power, that reversal of powerlessness is going to electrify scots up and down the land.

    And there are none better qualified to judge westminster and finally hold it to account than an entire country of people that have been patronised, treated with contempt and ignored by westminster for far, FAR too long.

    All the lies, all the broken promises, all the scandals and corruption. Well now we get to judge that. Now we are the ones with the power to simply say, “Enough! No more. You’ve had your chance and you fucking blew it. We want something better and we’re going to say Yes to it.”

    The last time there was anything like the feeling of common cause there now is was when we scots saw through Blair’s lies at lightning-speed, voiced our mass opposition and marched to tell Blair and the westminster establishment that the invasion of Iraq was simply wrong and unjustifiable. The westminster politicians had other ideas however, simply ignored us and kept scaremongering about Weapons of Mass Destruction.

    Well what goes around comes around and now we scots can finally judge westminster on not just that but on everything else. Things like that bothersome wee expenses scandal you thought we had all forgotten about. Nah, we remember pal. We remember you fillin yer pockets as the rest of us struggled with your austerity designed to hammer the poor, the disabled, the vulnerable intae submission. We remember you sucking up to the bankers who fucked up the country and not one of whom ever went to jail. We remember all the lies and manifesto promises you didn’t keep.

    So you would think these westminster clowns might show us scots a tiny bit more respect since we can now bring the hammer down on THEM and finally end their incompetence and corruption from fucking up our country and making so many scottish lives a misery.

    On September the 18th we do not just choose who we trust with scotland’s future, we are also finally being allowed to judge how westminster politicians have treated us for all our lives and for the first and only time can tell westminster politicians exactly where to go if we so choose.

    They need to start fearing our judgement of them for it will not be kind and they have well and truly earned everything that’s coming to them.

    • Pam McMahon says:

      This is a thoughtful and well-targeted post, and gives me great confidence in our future The literary standard of WGD’s blogs and of the replies to them are superb.

      • I agree with Pam, when it comes down to those of us perhaps not so experienced in writing, not so well targeting, yet with our hearts we write. Emotions and Fact both pour from so many that have for years lacked the inspiration and desire to raise our words to the fight!
        It feels good to be among such emotionally inspired and inspiring brethren, raising our words to the page with the spirit of the Clansman raising his Claymore!…..although there are also recognisable literary authors among the “No” camp, they are few and mostly professionals, yet they still cannot commit the same passion, humour, sarcasm, never mind the truth!
        Among the grassroots, there are budding authors and observational commentators that probably never realised they had the well of emotions and insight to bring to the fray!

        It is indeed an honour to be alongside you all!
        Alba Gu Brath was never so eloquently promoted!

    • YESGUY says:

      Well done Mick very well put.

      It’s so easy to get angry with all the shite flung at us to prove our hopes and thats impossible to do when the WM tactic is no negotiation till a YES. Unless it suits them I hope any swayers realise that the govt that is supposed to protect us and govern our affairs are nothing more than bullies and liars, nothing more or less.

      I’m usually fizzing by the time i get here and always leave with a smile. Great site and outstanding commenter’s . But am still a wee bit angry with W.Midden.

      I now know that in the event of a YES vote i will then look at a party that will bring in our own currency. No more bull shit from WM. The whole shower have abused and lied to Scots since day one. Now threats being put into a manifesto. If it had happened ANYWHERE else it would have caused a riot. The pound can sink for all i care now.

      How can labour /tory or libs ever look Scots in the eye again.

  28. hektorsmum says:

    Thank you Paul said what so many people think and feel, certainly what I feel. I was one who had difficulties with the site over Saturday but eventually was able to access you first on my Tablet and then on the old laptop. Missed you, you see. Hope Andy is going along and giving the nurses a hard time. Helena

  29. hektorsmum says:

    Meant to add and this seems the best place for it.Sky on the Newspapers this morning, they have this man, some sports reporter or something like it, not very bright but to me an obvious Ukipper, and Michelle the runner, you can tell they impress me. Well Mr Red Tie, always has a go at us. So this morning it was how we were being a bit above ourselves and going to use “their pound”. He always talks about Devolution, well just to put us in our places I think. Got onto the subject of the Scots Pound and Michelle comes away with “and I always give them back” said with a smirk.
    They tell me I am better together with the likes of these. No thanks BT, you can keep them and if it gets down to it I will exchange cowrie shells with those in Papua New Guinea instead of using their pound.

  30. arthur thomson says:

    Thank you as always. My favourite bit is ‘Vote No because you are nothing’. I would like to see that plastered all over Scotland. That is truly a challenge to which people could rise. I also so strongly believe that the key to a Yes lies with our women. When I feel down I turn to ‘women for independence’. Like you, our women have that capacity to cut through all the politics and get to the real issues. I believe our women will win this referendum and ensure a better life for our children and grandchildren.

  31. Blizzard says:

    Another great post Paul. If you will forgive a little off topic, Wings has the Wee Blue Book available for download in desktop/laptop and tablet/phone versions. Hard copy to come. There will be no stopping us now, with your eloquence and all the facts at our fingertips. 🙂

  32. Quentin Quale says:

    ‘Define yourself or be defined’. Brilliant!

  33. tuathanameilan says:

    Inspiring, and fun to read!

  34. Andrew Brown says:

    Just commented over on Derek Bateman’s blog about the Sky newspaper reviewers this morning discussing Scotland using the pound. One reviewer (a regular) talks about “devolution” as he has on previous occasions as if he can’t bring himself to say independence. The other reviewer smirked about handing back Scottish banknotes. The whole tenor of the discussion was that it was “Britain’s” pound (obviously Scotland has never contributed anything to it in 300 years) and when questioned on the fact that the pound was a tradable currency the usual nonsense about the Bank of England being the guarantor was trotted out. The utter contempt of media commentators for anything Scottish is quite blatant these days. I don’t know how those planning to vote no stomach this kind of behaviour from their chums.

  35. Capella says:

    Wings Wee Blue Book here
    Circulate far and wide!
    Another brilliant post WGD, it almost goes without saying but I wanted to say it anyway.

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  37. Anton says:

    “But what I do care about, passionately, is that the inhabitants of Scotland establish the principle that the right to determine what is best for Scotland rests with the people of Scotland.” By the same principle, do you agree that the people of the Northern Isles have the right to determine what is best for them? As I’m sure you know, a formal petition to that effect has been firmly rejected by the Scottish Government. So it seems that self-determination is by no means an over-riding principle for the yes campaign. Rather, it’s something they want for themselves but aren’t prepared to offer to others.

    For years they’ve been hollering that it’s Scotland’s oil and they want it. In fact it’s mainly Shetland’s oil, but of course that’s just as unacceptable to the SNP as it is to the UK Government.

    From a far North point of view the politicians of the central belt are just as greedy and corrupt as those in Westminster, and we want to decide our own future. But that’s not on offer from either the yes or no campaigns.

    Is anyone on this blog actually in favour of self-determination as a core principle of democracy?

  38. Bamstick says:

    I think that after a YES vote that each area would wish to establish some sort of local input into an Edinburgh government.
    I was lucky to spend several months working (in the 1980’s) on South Uist. The islanders felt that what happened on their island was determined in Stornoway and was perhaps not as representative as it could be. Although I live nearer to Edinburgh that you do, I still feel that the difference between my small rural area and that of Edinburgh is huge.
    But we have to start somewhere and the issue of Scotland’s self determination must come first.

    • Anton says:

      Bamstick: Fair point. But my problem is this. The Scottish Government have made it clear that Orkney and Shetland, which by any criterion represent a distinct and separate identity to the mainland, will NOT be offered any separate say, by way of a referendum or otherwise, about the future status of the Northern Isles. So much for the principle of self-determination. I share the same views as most on this site about Westminster politicians, but I see no reason to believe that the Scottish politicians who’ll run an independent Scotland in five, ten, or fifty years’ time will be any different. Politicians are the same the world over. I hardly care whether all the decisions are made in London or in Edinburgh. Just as Westminster prioritises the population and the wealth of the South East, so the Scottish Government prioritises the concerns of the central belt. Well, they both would, wouldn’t they? That’s where the votes are. I can’t really complain. It’s just that I’d hoped for better from the Yes campaign.

      • Bamstick says:

        Hello again Anton
        I do agree with you that many parts of our country will want better representation after independence.
        I hope that as part of an independent Scotland that our views will count. When we set up how to run the country I certainly don’t expect to see all of the administration being done in the central belt. Probably to start with the admin should be in most of our major cities and the larger towns.
        But that doesn’t mean to say the the islands and other, mainly rural, areas should miss out. With improved internet communication and video-conferencing facilities we should be able to make the government of the whole of Scotland as diverse as possible.
        In my part of Scotland we have many small towns which have very distinct identities whilst being only 15 to 20 miles apart. Indeed, when the new Council offices were opened here they avoided all of the main towns and settled in a smaller place to avoid the problems of perceived favouritism.
        I’m trying to be as positive as possible about a better Independent Scotland. We have to start somewhere.

  39. jdldesign says:

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