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Wipe your eyes. On your feet.

Posted: September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Wipe your eyes. On your feet..

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A very good read before tomorrow…well worth it – great article!

Emerald News Network

There are two full days remaining before polls open over Scotland in a referendum that will determine whether Scotland, after 307 years of London rule, will remain with or leave the United Kingdom. Over the weekend the British state broadcaster, the BBC, highlighted the rather dubious, and embarrassingly anachronistic, support for the Better Together pro-Union campaign offered by the intensely sectarian Orange Order in its parade through the streets of Edinburgh. Yet on the other side of Scotland, in Glasgow, tens of thousands of Yes supporters crowded the streets in celebration of their anticipated referendum victory on Thursday, and not a single mention was made of it by the BBC. Over the latter stages of the campaign the BBC have been found to remove Yes supporters from the background of its ‘special reports’ and Photoshop ‘No’ signs where there were none. Under increasing pressure from the people of Scotland, and…

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So the Ryder Cup went on display in Auchterarder today – because the competition is being held at Gleneagles’ world famous golf course within mere granny-chucking distance of the town.

There was one oversight the organisers made however…the cup was on display in the Aytoun Hall (Auchterarder’s main hall) until 1.30pm whereupon it was moved from the hall to the High School…sorry, it’s actually called The Community School of Auchterarder, having been a student there, old habits die hard…

As the cup was moved from the Aytoun Hall to TCSoA during the pupils’ lunch break, the High Street in Auchterarder resembled downtown LA more than a wee Scottish town as gridlock gripped drivers, reversing clueless people in the middle of the road and those wishing to risk their lives running across the street in a blind panic.

Lorries, badly positioned White Van Men and the odd human being flinging themselves across the tarmac all contributed to the chaos as hoards of people gravitated towards the school, to get merely the smallest glimpse of the fabled golden Ryder Cup.

For what seemed like an age, road markings ceased to have any meaning to all members of society, traffic literate or not, as everyone abandoned anything resembling safety. In reality however, it probably only lasted 15 minutes.

As I followed the throng into the school hall, I experienced a strange sensation as I found myself in an unfamiliar setting to me, as the school I attended was demolished – this building having taken it’s place.

And there it was…sitting atop it’s podium, a golden chalice that some revere almost as much as the World Cup, enjoying the occasional tickling from the gentleman in charge of ensuring it stayed shiny, armed with a duster.

I ask myself, was it worth braving the wilds of the jampacked streets and wondering whether I would get my car home in one piece…all to shuffle forward in what seemed like an endless line of people wanting their photo taken with the hallowed item – was it worth it to see a piece of history?

Possibly, I’m undecided on that one – yes, the Ryder Cup may never come to Gleneagles/Auchterarder again in my lifetime, but I find it difficult to become excited about a sport I don’t participate in, watch or follow in any way. Realistically, I can’t wait until the town returns to normal, and I can once more travel up the street through the usual jams brought on by the unnecessary building of more than 400 ridiculously priced homes.

It becomes difficult not to become swept up in the status quo of excitement regarding the cup – I guess my trip to see it was one borne out of curiosity as to what it actually looked like…I can say I’ve seen it for real, but am I bovvered?

Not really.

It’s a rainy day, heavy showers punctuated with dry spells…people running to get from A to B, while those with umbrellas saunter on as normal.  The scene is entirely normal, which is the strikingly different thing about it.

Why is it different?  Because in less than two weeks, Scotland will make the most important decision it has had in 300 years.  We vote to decide the future of the nation – do we stay in the union with the rest of the United Kingdom, or do we forge our own path and go it alone?

When it was first announced there would be a referendum, the No camp had a head start, and through political bungling of the highest degree and unmitigated PR disasters, that lead is now next to nothing.  The dirty tactics used by the unionists have been exposed, with misquoted figures being corrected and scare stories debunked.

A key part of this debate has been through social media – mostly Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, but elsewhere on the net too.  It is these links through the virtual ethernet that have helped to educate, inform and expose these fallacies.  Westminster hasn’t figured out that what worked in 1979, the last time we had a referendum, won’t work in this day and age.

People won’t just blindly believe what they’re told anymore (most people, anyway) and the political spin coming from London is picked through, researched and debated by the very people that have this decision to make.  This is an involvement in politics on a countrywide basis that hasn’t been seen for generations.  People are taking an interest in how they can possibly help to shape the country, making it better for themselves and others.

We finally have a chance to cut off the real ‘subsidy junkies’, that sit on green & red benches, absorbing all the expenses they’re entitled to, without doing what they’re elected & employed to do, which is to represent the people who live and work in the UK.  Every week we hear more political waffle, regarding what they’re doing, what they propose, so on and so forth.  But it has become apparent through the years that that is all it is – waffle, and no action. 

The Tories do what they do best, bulldozing bills through parliament which erode our liberties, and privatising henceforth nationalised services, then awarding the private contracts to their mates, or companies they have a vested interest in.  And yet some people still think this is a democratic society? 

Pray tell, when was the last time the government listened to the people, and reversed a policy or bill?  When was the last time the government listened to the people, when they were pushing for war?  No, we didn’t go to war in Syria, but it was not through the will of the people – David Cameron put it before parliament regardless, in the face of fierce opposition from a large proportion of the country…the only reason it didn’t happen was because it was refused by the House of Lords.

Compare that to Scotland, where, with a Yes vote, we will get rid of Trident – a multi-billion pound set of cylinders sat rusting in the Clyde, near Glasgow.  Lots of countries have nuclear capabilities, yes – but we’ve finally recognised that the money could be spent better elsewhere.  That we don’t want, nor need, nuclear weapons on our doorstep – it should tell you a lot that Westminster and Whitehall parked these weapons up in the Clyde…30 miles from a major Scottish city, and not anywhere near London.  The effects of an accident at Faslane would be catastrophic.

On assertation by the No bods was that we’re too wee, too poor and too stupid – I believe we’re far from it.  We have a thriving population that are happy to live here.  The fees to receive a prescription if you’re disabled or unwell has been abolished.  Universities are still free – an education at most English universities will set you back an eye-watering £9,000.  There are no tolls on our bridges.  The NHS has been kept nationalised, and people are seeing a huge difference to the services down South after chunks have been privatised & contracts awarded to the lowest bidder.  Knock-on effects are poor quality of service, longer waiting times and lower quality care.  These things are not down to the NHS staff themselves however – they try their best with what they have, but with budgets and staff numbers continually being slashed of course standards are going to slip!

Westminster tells us they’re increasing spending on the NHS, which is true, to a point.  What they don’t tell us however, is that they’re increasing spending levels to compensate for the outrageous figures charged by the private companies contracted to do certain jobs within the NHS.  Do some looking into it after reading this…then you’ll understand where I’m coming from and realise that what the government hails as being an achievement is actually a trumped-up piece of fluff, which is intended to keep the masses happy and docile.

From my point of view, one thing that’s put me off becoming involved in politics is the ‘politik speak’ – the unintelligible language used by those in parliament which discourage most regular folk from having any involement.  We are discouraged because we don’t have the confidence to involve ourselves, we fear we wouldn’t know what we were doing.

So because of this, the Eton boys can run free in the Houses of Parliament, making disgraceful policies and creating bills we don’t need to be a successful & prosperous country.  Those who work hard and those who are afflicted with a disability are equally treated like rubbish by this government.  The population are gradually, slowly but surely, waking up to this fact – and rightfully so aren’t happy at the way they’re being treated.

We have this one chance to have an involvement in how our country is run – with independence there is nothing to stop any one of us becoming involved in politics and having our say about various subjects.  And if you don’t like Alex Salmond or the SNP, that’s fine too – THIS IS NOT A VOTE FOR EITHER THE SNP OR ALEX SALMOND – this is a vote for the very future of this country, and everyone in it.  This is a vote for the possibility of political self determination…something we’ll never have under the Tory, or future, governments.  Westminster, politics and being represented in a fair and impartial way is broken under the current system.

Let’s fix it.

Let’s have a country where you don’t have to feel ashamed to have a disability which prevents you from working.
Let’s have a country where you can be involved in the political process.
Let’s have a country where society is also a community that cares.
Let’s have a country where profit hungry corporations are held to account.

How can we achieve this?

By voting Yes on an extraordinary day, the 18th of September 2014.