So this is it

A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart)

It’s decision time. Three years of debate, miles of newsprint, mountains of leaflets, ‘think tank’ reports, government papers, countless hours of broadcast argument and it’s finally come down to this: Who do you believe and who do you trust?

Do you know we’re now being offered *powers and a timetable? I’ve even heard the odd *commentator use the term constitutional convention and that’s without them spitting to one side immediately afterward. Amazing I know, but there you have it. After three hundred and seven years and with a matter of days to go to this country’s most important vote ever and NOW we are guaranteed that Westminster will propose new powers, draft a bill or two and talk about further democratic mechanisms. This after the first postal votes have already started to be cast and returned. Stable doors and horses bolting come to mind.

In fact if you were a hair more cynical you’d maybe come to the not unreasonable conclusion that this was an empty, shallow and fear driven bribe. There’s a minor problem with this con though and the Westminster suits are praying the people of Scotland won’t notice what it is.

Messrs Cameron, Milliband and Clegg (oh and the odd Labour ‘beast’) are attempting to pull off the con of the century. They use the words propose, debate, timetable or give, as though they are somehow magnanimously doing you a favour by deigning to notice your problems and grievances and taking valuable time out of their day to help you out of a hole. They make great show of the three major parties of the UK possibly coming together for talks to ‘guarantee’ that you have been heard and that they have acted meaningfully and compassionately on your behalf. Excuse me, ah’m fillin’ up here and gettin’ pure emotional (sniffle).

Needless to say our meeja just love this stuff and as usual are only too willing to help pull off the attempted con. I think they’ve proven beyond any doubt by this point that they are no friends to Scottish self determination and so far the only guarantees are that –

1. They hear us

2. They don’t like what they’re hearing

3. They’re committed to making proposals for a bill ???

Now here is the truth of the situation and the minor point that our representatives in Westminster are hoping you’ll have missed, so brace yourselves – These powers are your powers, your sovereignty and on the 18th of September it is YOU who will decide who gets to use those powers in your name. THAT’S RIGHT, YOU! You are the ones who will decide who gets the power to steward our governance, our economy and our resources, not Cameron and not even Alicsammin but you, the people of Scotland. Its what the past three years have been all about. We won’t need a proposal for a bill, we won’t need to wait on houses debating on whether to give us responsibility to clean up dog doodles. We can go straight to having full control of our own future.

Its a case of the greatest trick the devil ever pulled. You know, to convince everyone that he didn’t exist? Same premise here. The Greatest trick Westminster politicians ever pulled, was to convince the public that they were essentially powerless and helpless. You’re not and never were. If there is one thing this amazing debate has done, its been to remind people that there can be no government, no country without the will or the permission of the people. It’s also been to remind people that they are the most vital and precious resource of any nation. You wonder why after three hundred and seven years you are now being offered a bribe? That’s why. Its because the establishment requires your permission to remain being the establishment.

If you want a country whose values are based on a fairer more socially just system of governance – you can have it. If you want a country with directly accountable government and a written constitution with legally enshrined rights and responsibilities – you can have it. If you want a country where the power lies with the people and not the state – you can have it. Always, but always remember, there can be no country without you. It’s in your hands, the gift of sovereignty and the permission to govern comes from the people.

So this is it.

Who do you trust to govern Scotland? The state and establishment who’ve taken over three hundred years to notice you even exist, or a government and system you have a hand in creating?





38 comments on “So this is it

  1. Beautiful stuff, Samuel. Sharing on Facebook.

  2. rowantree633 says:

    Reblogged this on A Yes Voter in Nairn.

  3. Maisie says Aye well said my friend

  4. wee e says:

    I’ve been watching BBC News channel all morning and not ONCE has the BBC made the slightest effort to name or describe a single “MORE power” and in the 20-odd minute package they have of BT, they never oince asked them. Not one description of one teensy wee “power” . Something stinks worse than the Invisble Man’s BO.

    But anyway, a wee glimpse and a few words at one point from someone that I thought might be you: and if it was you — you gave a really good account of yourself – well done!

  5. Bamstick says:

    I agree totally. I was asked if I thought that the WBB had given us Yessers the edge over the other side and caused the upswing in the polls. I answered, that it was the people who used the WBB as a tool, it was the people who had gone out there and created the upturn.
    It is the people of Scotland who will win this for us.

  6. wee e says:

    Oops – samuel, I didn’t realise you were guest blogging, there. In which case it wasnae you I saw on TV!

  7. Great post.

    I’ve had this feeling before, earlier this year. I’m a lifelong supporter of St Johnstone and saw football history being made in the Scottish Cup Final on the 17th May.

    Right now this is like the agony of the four minutes of injury time. At 2- 0 up, we sort of new we’d won it but there are no certitudes until the whistle blows. That four minutes felt like a week just as this forthcoming week will surely feel like a month.

    The team played like heroes in those four minutes, not one of them eased up or stopped looking out for each other, they ran themselves collectively into the ground. Then the whistle went….

    For fear of boring you I won’t try to describe the euphoria because we cannot think of that.

    We must be like that St Johnstone team, never assuming anything….

    I know the opposition in the Referendum don’t look as formidable as Dundee Utd did to us in May.

    – This is particularly true of the front four Farage, Lamont, Brown and Royal Foetus, and their keeper, Darling has not been too convincing recently.

    I urge each of my brothers and sisters in this movement to remember – WE ARE NOT THERE YET.

    We must harry them, repel each attack, don’t give them a minute on the ball etc. etc.
    ( with apologies to Dundee Utd for bringing this up )

  8. Jan Cowan says:

    Great post! Thanks, Mac. “Looks like they’re on the run,” my neighbour called over this morning. He still watches TV. I don’t. But a quick check on twitter and it looks like he’s right.

  9. sair fecht says:

    Outstanding post Macart!! and a fabulous rallying cry for the final furlong.

    WE CAN AND WILL DO THIS! – sorry for shouting … I’m just a bit over-excited (steady, now) We can just about glimpse the finishing line, and it looks great!

  10. Iain says:

    The UK fantasy world just keeps on getting better. We’ll leave aside the weird sight of an Opposition backbench MP (Brown) announcing Government policy for a minute, so I can plagiarise something I saw on another blog: someone with no powers offering us more powers if we vote for no powers! Following Brown’s precedent, I suppose we’ll have Cathy Jamieson announcing the Government’s plans for benefits cuts, Jimmy Hood outlining Government policy on ISIS and Margaret Curran talking in a complete sentence.

    An Ealing comedy minus Margaret Rutherford, Stanley Holloway and Alasdair Sim.

  11. Jeannie says:

    Oh, I really enjoyed that, Macart! Shared.

  12. A rumour is circulating that Brown is not standing in the 2015 election, indeed that his successor has even been selected. If so, Brown will not be around to push in Westminster for his devo whatever plans. Nor will he be around to take the flak when these shoogly, paper thin attempts to con us fail to materialise as Westminster approved increased powers.

    We’ve been here before. It has to be Yes.

  13. Fat Bob says:

    Excellent contribution, thanks.

    After all this fiasco, Cameron, Clegg and Miliband are coming to Scotland tomorrow!
    Wow now I wonder why!

    • macart763 says:

      I’m suspecting it has more to do with a general election than a referendum. They have to be seen to have made an effort, even if its a pointless one.

      • A Meringue says:

        The Westminster “Flashmob” as I call them

        BBC Scotland will go into meltdown. All these saviours of the union up here in teeny weeny wee Scotland. So many arses to kiss and so little time. I am sure that the Yes campaign will get equal broadcasting time. There again Im sure that I am a non corporeal life-form from the planet Zog!

        • macart763 says:

          In this instance it might no be such a bad thing. I mean damn! A whole day of media coverage for Cameron, Clegg and Milliband in Scotland trying to rouse their troops and saying jolly nice things about the natives.

          Can’t wait mate. 🙂

        • Breastplate says:

          “Westminster flashmob” excellent and hilarious description.
          And a fine post macart, well done

  14. yesguy says:

    Oh Sam that’s just the tonic.

    Watching the anger build on Wings a wee while ago , i know you noticed too, popped over to check the wee message you left me and FAITH RESTORED.

    You have a away with words, the right words. I am mighty impressed.

    Great article and great comments too.

    Miss Paul and thoughts are with him but the guests are doing a grand job.

    And yet again i post my comment with a big grin on my face.

    Thanks pal,

    Thanks all at the WGD.

    • macart763 says:

      There’s a time to be angry and a time to focus on what’s really important. What’s really important, to me anyway, is telling people just how powerful they really are. As I said above there is no government and no country without the will and permission of the people. 🙂

  15. leithunique says:

    Reblogged this on leithunique and commented:
    Please read this so true

  16. WRH2 says:

    Iain says above, “someone with no powers offering us more powers if we vote for no powers.” Copied and pasted the whole comment on Facebook pages. Loved the whole comment but that bit really sums up exactly what is on offer.
    Great post Macart and great that we are having guest posts on WGD at this critical time and when Paul is having necessary time off.

  17. Craig says:

    Great post – desperately hoping that the momentum continues – I’ll take 50% plus one vote but would prefer there to be a broader consensus.

    Surely, people are not going to be swayed by the impending “promise” of more powers and wheeling out of the “love bomb”

    To those out there in the field campaigning and convincing, all I can say is a heartfelt thanks – keep up the good work – and hopefully come the 19th we can celebrate the (re)birth of a nation.

  18. Hugh Wallace says:

    Reblogged this on Are We Really Better Together? and commented:
    In fact if you were a hair more cynical you’d maybe come to the not unreasonable conclusion that this was an empty, shallow and fear driven bribe. There’s a minor problem with this con though and the Westminster suits are praying the people of Scotland won’t notice what it is.

  19. Nana says:

    Superb post Macart. More power to your pen.

  20. jamie macdonald says:

    Good stuff Macart, – nice to see you looking after the dug so well.. Empty bribes right enough.. as empty as the ginger bottles Jim Murphy will be looking for to fill his crates soon.. I’ve had Thin Lizzie’s Don’t believe a word in my head all day,… can’t think why.. I’ll need to look out my old tape of that… and turn it up, in the van tomorrow, when I’m down the street!.. See they are campaigning with the saltire too now… whit’s that aw aboot? confusion? have they dropped ‘the jack’ for keeps in the run-up?, copy our successful campaign now will they? not likely, just as well those two guys had their hard hats on today when our flag fell back down eh? that could have been reported as an act of violent nationalism… ‘flagged’ if you will.. m’laud..(!)

  21. andygm1 says:

    Pub landlady interviewed on the Beeb tonight.

    “I hear lots of people talking about the Referendum in the bar but I’m not really sure about it. So if Devo Max is on the table, I’ll probably vote No.”

    This is why the Media are still referring to Devo Max, because some people only listen to the headlines.

  22. mo Mhorag says:

    Macart you have excelled yourself! (also loved the comment above “Westminster flashmob”)

  23. macart763 says:

    Once again many thanks for the kind comments.

    A wee gift to lift the spirits:

  24. brilliant and succinct.great to see it spread far and wide.

  25. Clootie says:

    Nae pint noo yir famous n’that

    A week to go buddy!

    Yir wee story wis awright

  26. Gillian-Ruglonian says:

    Excellent, I really enjoyed that.
    I am going to take the setiments of this to the doors tonight as I feel that we are now way beyond talking politics, and this is what is turning the no (or undecided) voters to yes ; fundamental rights of democracy! Thanks

  27. Gillian-Ruglonian says:

    Oops- sentiments!

  28. M Mackintosh says:

    I’ve never posted here before although I’ve been reading your blogs for a while. On this auspicious day I want to say thank you for your inspirational thoughts (and those of your contributors) . They’ve helped keep me sane under the onslaught of the media and establishment. I’m about to head out to cast my vote and will feel the presence of those who have gone before and who wanted a free Scotland, my Mum amongst them. Saor Alba!

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