Just be honest with us. “We want Scotland to stay because Scotland’s balance of trade props up the UK’s economy. We want Scotland to stay because our millionaire friends want a lovely isolated place to shoot grouse and deer. We want Scotland to stay because over half of the UK’s territorial waters belong to Scotland. We want Scotland to stay because we want somewhere to park our nuclear status symbols. The people? If you’re worth taking, then you’ll come down to work in London: the rest of you can eke out an existence in the wilderness. Scotland is what we want – not its people, no, just the resources, the land, the water. The property. The things.” But we’ll never hear that, because they can never tell us exactly how little we mean to them.
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To anyone who’s only just becoming involved in the campaign for Scottish Independence, it can be extremely difficult for longtime campaigners, or even folk like me (I only really started campaigning properly about the time the referendum was announced), to elucidate to complete newcomers exactly what it’s all about. There’s just so much to say! Democracy, accountability, equality, social justice, environmentalism, identity, anything and everything. It’s particularly difficult when undecideds bring up the “big issues” as dictated to them by the UK establishment: what currency will we use? What about our pensions? What about jobs? All things you’ll read in Better Together literature.
So I got this through the door yesterday. Crumpled, bashed, rudely handled, I dared to imagine the courier: an angry youth? An impatient jobseeker? A Liverpudlian bussed up courtesy of Anas Sarwar? Whoever it was, they…
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