A la base de notre civilisation, il y a la liberté de chacun dans sa pensée, ses croyances, ses opinions, son travail, ses loisirs.
At the root of our civilization, there is the freedom of each person of thought, of belief, of opinion, of work, of leisure.
Charles de Gaulle
I have recently changed my Twitter banner and thought that would make a good picture for this post – the handwriting is my writing using the touchscreen, so forgive its imperfections. I think it had quite a good effect.
My post today will be about Scottish independence, in response to the encouraging recent surge in support for independence.
According to a recent polls that has been conducted, public opinion has surged massively towards independence. This changes my earlier leanings that, due to the numbers of people who are uninterested in taking part in the vote itself, a Yes vote would be unlikely. I now believe a Yes vote is historically very likely, given the momentum that Yes has gained during these closing days before the referendum takes place on the 18th of September. Above all, I feel that a No vote could only be caused by indifference by large numbers of people whose actual opinions lean towards independence, at this stage :
— Yes Scotland (@YesScotland) August 29, 2014
Of course, swaying people who are undecided remains a challenge.
I have written two pieces on Scottish independence that I believe should be reviewed by people undecided on whether Scotland should leave the Union. One was published at Press TV and the other was published at ClubOfINFO. They present two arguments that I feel should sway the ‘undecideds’ into the Yes camp.
In sum, these are the two decisive points that I believe push reasonable people into the Yes camp:
- * Scotland is more innovative and tends to lead the rest of the UK, in terms of its people, yet the UK takes credit for all of what should have been Scotland’s own scientific and technological accomplishments.
- * Sentiments have been going in the direction of independence, in the long term, as a reaction to poor governance by London. If Scotland does not get independence now, it will only get independence later. The idea of Scotland forever remaining part of the UK does not fit with the facts. Scottish independence/the breakup of the Union is inevitable. Why not now?
History has proven that gaining independence is a real chance to improve things, and that it enables a region to better safeguard its own interests and make the best use of its own resources. When sentiments align with the concrete realities of injustice and poor governance, it should be considered unacceptable not to grasp this kind of momentous opportunity.
NOTICE: IF YOU’RE A SCOT, YOU GOTTA DO THIS: This is an easy way to change the world with the stroke of a pen, and no-one should refuse that kind of opportunity. The alternative is more misrule by blatantly evil Conservatives or the prospect of the even nastier and more backward UKIP eventually coming to power. How could anyone vote for those guys instead? If anything, this is a unique protest opportunity. Honestly, I would probably move to Scotland if it got independence, just to escape them.