Yes, Scotland, We Can.
As an American living in Scotland, I’m no stranger to disappointment with American presidents. But as a committed campaigner for Scottish independence, I feel compelled to comment on Obama’s endorsement of the No campaign. The man who symbolises hope speaks out for Project Fear. The man who symbolises progress speaks out for the unjust status quo. The irony is heartbreaking.
I know it’s just international politics. I know his remarks really have nothing to do with Scotland. But I still cringe to hear him naïvely invoke a Britain that hasn’t existed for a generation. The UK was certainly ‘united and effective’ in building a post war welfare state that ensured employment, housing and public services for ordinary people. But from Thatcher onwards, neoliberal leadership has systematically dismantled not only the welfare state, but also the unity and social effectiveness that depended on it. Today we live in a…
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