“I think we’ve been hypnotised.
All our lives we’ve been told that Scotland is poor. Too poor to look after itself. So poor that it is only kept alive with a drip-feed of Barnett-formula handouts from Westminster. And now I’ve woken from this hypnosis, and looked away from the propaganda.”
A guest post by Christopher Carnie
It’s a sunny, breezy September afternoon and we are walking arm-in-arm to the polling station. Someone says “a penny for your thoughts.” Here are mine:
I think of the poor. The poor in Ferguslie Park or Possil Park, where you are three times as likely to be unemployed and if you are unemployed, almost five times as likely to be sick and unemployed as folk living in the least deprived areas of Scotland. Your baby is likely to be born underweight and is much less likely to be breastfed – meaning that her daughters will also be underweight. You are locked into poverty. Why? Because the UK government is structurally and philosophically unable to deal with Scotland’s poverty. Structurally because its main focus is on London and the South East. Philosophically, because since Margaret Thatcher and Sir Keith Joseph all our main political parties…
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