Category: Independence Politics


The Internet, The Tory And The Black, Black Oil | A Greater Stage.

I’m not saying there’s a massive, untapped oil field off Scotland’s west coast.

I’m not saying David Cameron flew up here to see for himself.

I’m not saying he has conspired with oil companies to hide this information from the Scottish public until after September 18th.

I’m not saying that Westminster will resort to the most desperate acts to prevent us leaving the UK.

 

Can an Independent Scotland stand on its own two feet?.

An excellent piece by John Jappy, who confirms that contrary to popular misconception and media distortion, Scotland is more than capable of standing alone after independence.

I’ll let the article speak for itself.

Ruth Davidson backs currency union | Scottish National Party.

So Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Union Party says she would back a currency union if Scotland votes for Independence. Granted, she says she would support it AFTER a yes vote, but that still goes against her Westminster bosses and directly opposes what George Osborne has said. Do we take this as unofficial confirmation that Westminster would capitulate to the currency union and if so, has Ruth just undermined everything Cameron and co have been saying? Has she in effect, called her party’s own bluff?

It would certainly confirm YES supporters’ suspicions all along, that the question of sharing a currency has merely been an attempt to kill the independence argument. It is still one of the biggest topics of debate between both sides of the support, with the NO supporters wringing their hands in desperation as they ponder how we’ll get along without the pound. I and many others simply don’t believe the threat was in any way credible, as not sharing the currency would do massive damage to trade between Scotland and the UK. Business leaders would simply not stand for a government who threatened their survival, just as we’re trying to claw our way out of recession. And of course there’s the question of exactly how Westminster would deny us the pound. Are they planning to send the troops in to confiscate our wallets and purses?

I am concerned however, that the realisation of threats from Westminster being only bluff and bluster will come too late and that fear will lead us to vote NO. Bravery, and the willingness to make a leap of faith have long since deserted many Scots.

Open Letter to the so-called Cybernats | 10.01 Campaign10.01 Campaign.

I wanted to share this letter from Jim Sillars on the subject of cyber abuse, specifically in relation to the Campbell Gunn events I posted about earlier. It’s an intelligently written piece, and speaks of  the depths to which the UK will go to in making sure that independence support dies – not necessarily of natural causes either.

What this letter also underlines is that the Better Together supporters get away with murder on a daily basis, because the mainstream media will not cover threats and abuse targeted at First Minister Salmond, or Deputy First Minister Sturgeon. They do not cover the kind of bile doled out to the Weirs from Ayrshire, who have donated some of their lottery winnings to the independence campaign.

With only 6 points between YES and NO in the most recent polls, I can only imagine how better we would be doing if the way in which #indyref news was covered was not biased in favour of Westminster.

A post I made on Facebook yesterday (WARNING – it’s a little sweary):

Sick of all the shit being thrown around in this damn #indyref debate! Truly makes we want to shut down my social media until 2015! The worst thing about it all, without shadow of a doubt, is how bigotry seems to drive a lot of what I’m seeing. Sadly, the worst I have seen has come from Rangers fans, or rather, Orangemen who happen to support Rangers. I keep hearing about Cybernats and how nasty they are, and although I’ve seen some stupid comments, they have nothing on the kind of vitriol spouted by people with NO SURRENDER and the red hand of Ulster plastered all over their Twitter/Facebook accounts.

Jesus Christ people, when the hell are we going to grow out of this shite? Football teams and religion are just a poor excuse for both sides to be shitty to each other, pure and simple. Id this what we are going to leave for the next generation and the one after that? Are we still going to define ourselves by things that happened in centuries past, or by the slightly different way in which we worship a deity who might not even exist? After reading all the spiteful rubbish I’ve seen tonight, I am not proud in any way, shape or form to be Scottish. We’re a national and international embarrassment thanks to people who hate for no reason other than their daddy did before them.

And before anyone questions MY religion or motives, don’t let my surname fool you – I don’t believe in anything. There’s no Heaven, no Hell, no God, no Devil, no nothing except the big black and slowly becoming food for the worms. Any affiliation, club, cult or religion that causes a human being to hate another can’t possibly have a God at its helm.

So yesterday a particularly nasty day on social media over #indyref . Labour accused First Minister Special Advisor Campbell Gunn, of orchestrating a hate campaign against Better Together supporter Clare Lally. How Labour can hold one man responsible, when they have no proof is to quote Johann Lamont, “Astonishing!”  He certainly did make a mistake in speaking to the press and telling them she was related to Pat Lally, because that is simply not true.

He should have kept his mouth shut, BUT he didn’t attack her on Facebook, Twitter or any other media platform. Some people did and like any social media bully, they are pond life with nothing better to do than abuse those who are different in some way. However, this is not simply one incident, it is one incident in thousands that occur daily across the whole range of social media and a broad range of subjects. For the Better Together campaign to latch onto just one, brand it as anti-feminism and erroneously link it to the First Minister’s office, is a desperate attempt to smear that which they can’t debate.

It’s also worth pointing out that countless supporters of the YES campaign, myself included, have also had abuse thrown at us by supporters of Project Fear. I was accused of being a Nazi sympathiser by one BT supporter, a man who was a prominent figure in politics at one point and who now seems to spend much of his time trolling debate pages on Facebook. When the Better Together campaigners and their cohorts can say their support is perfectly behaved, then they can come and lecture us on social media protocol!

Erik Sandberg posted in referendum on May 13, 2014 at 13:30:25 in the KILTR Referendum group on KILTR.

So, who wants to be the one to point out their little error then? Really lads, was this banner comprising only four words too difficult to get right?

I know that laughing at something like this can appear petty, but it really does sum up the NO campaign for me. People milling around without much purpose, a misleading headline and the inability to get even the simplest thing correct

The street sign just adds the perfect finishing touch – One Way – Yes indeed, backwards!

 

So according to the front page of The Times tomorrow (April 3rd), David Cameron is facing pressure from ‘Senior Conservatives’ to ban Scots from voting in the 2015 general election if we vote for Independence.

David Cameron under pressure tot ban Scots from 2015 election vote if Independence voted for.

Now as a Scot you might think I’d be upset about this, but if we vote for Independence as of September 18th then why would we need to vote in UK elections?

Here’s a thought thought: What if those ‘Senior Conservatives’ were persuaded to publicly back independence with a currency union? Why would they do that? They know that the Scots will never vote for the Conservatives, so they lose the Scottish SNP and Labour voters who could make the difference between an outright Tory win and another coalition government. Fair swap?

Come on English Conservative voters, convince your MP’s to join the YES campaign and everybody wins!