The Time Is Now

Posted: March 31, 2014 in Politics
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With just under 6 months to go, the Scottish Independence Referendum is hotting up.  There’s arguments & counter arguments being thrown back and forth over the table, and debates have been turned to various topics.

A prominent situation to me however, is that with independence, we – the ordinary people – have a chance to stand up for our communities and get involved in politics…why not?  Because we’ve been indoctrined to believe that we’re not good enough, not intelligent enough to have a say in what happens in our local areas?  Possibly – the head heidyuns in Westminster rely on us thinking there is no way we could become involved, so they can maintain their way of life, stripping the economy through the expenses system & pushing society to the brink of revolt.

But, there is another way – there is the society that deeply cares what happens to those around them, that are prepared to stand up and speak about what they feel is wrong with the system.  Never has that been more apparent than the past year with the public becoming involved in the debate for independence.  Society is once again getting stuck in with public forums stimulating discussion, bringing forth ideas for our country.

A strong theme I have noticed is the inequality & lack of empathy for the general public, politicians giving not a thought for the consequences as they merrily claim expenses while their constituents live in mould-ridden homes & suffer in poverty.  Voting for independence is NOT a vote for Alex Salmond and the SNP – regardless of personal feelings towards the First Minister and his party, the vote on September the 18th 2014 is a vote on whether we are prepared to take a leap into the unknown & create our own destinies.

I was thoroughly impressed to see a 15 year old stating during a Q&A session on the subject that ‘nobody knows where we’re going to be in 4 years, nobody knows where we’re going to be at the next election, nobody knows when the next financial crash will be, nobody knows anything.  How can we ever base anything on not knowing?’ – a balanced, well thought out view if ever I heard one…the truth is that we don’t know, but you can never succeed if you never try in the first place!

No, we don’t know what will happen if we vote for independence, however I would hate to have to tell future generations in my family that yes, we had the chance to try, we had the chance to do things differently but we voted no because we didn’t know what would happen.  If we don’t take that leap, we have no idea what could have been and many of us would regret that choice in the decades to come.  We live in a society where the rift between haves & have nots is deepening, discontent is growing and our ‘elected representatives’ in Westminster have not a care for the squalid and unsuitable living conditions many of us find ourselves accomodated in.

Now is the time not for mud slinging & political tit-for-tat, seeing who can shout the loudest that it’s all the opposition’s fault.  Now is the time to unite as a country, to get together, put the problems on the table & try to come up with solutions.  Not temporary repairs to keep the water out, real solutions that make us happier as a whole.  Now is the time to believe that we, the ordinary people can become involved in the political system and have a say.

Having Trident banished from our shores is a very good start, it would inject a lot of money into the economy to be used for other purposes, instead of being spent on rusting metal in the Clyde that serves only as an attack magnet if things kick off globally.  We have the chance to lead the way in disarming our country as a threat to other nations, to do something more productive with the money it takes to maintain these monstrosities.

Now is the time to stand up and make your voice heard.  We’re not too wee, not too stupid and not too insignificant to change the system here, something our previous generations could only wish for.

Now is the time to have a serious think about what you want to happen in your lifetime, how you want your quality of life to be.  I’m not so naive to think it will all change overnight, and that the problems dogging our society will be solved the day after the referendum…but do you surely not want the chance to try?

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Comments
  1. amnesiaclinic says:

    Excellent – for too long all we have done is complain. It takes courage and determination to get involved in grassroots politics but in the end it is the only way to take responsibility for out communities and the future.
    Thanks!
    xxxx

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