Hi, I stumbled across your blog a while back and have been an avid fan of your home and garden tips since. You appear to live in a wonderful part of the world. Today I was slightly taken aback by your "delighted to be united" statement which I assume relates to the current referendum debate.
As an expat Scot (can’t vote), I’m afraid I’m in the other camp, my reasons being that I want a Scotland of heart, of passion, of dignity and justice. A Scotland which rejects weapons of mass destruction, foreign wars, which does no harm in the world and which doesn’t just speak of peace and compassion – but acts on it. I want a Scotland which is governed for the benefit of all, not for the few who are wealthy and connected. I want a Scotland which sees its priority as tackling poverty, inequality and social exclusion where it is recognised that the market doesn’t always know best and the profit motive is not the only motive to prize. A land where we don’t put a price on dignity. I consider all these things are achievable with independence.
I wonder if you could elaborate as to why you are “delighted to be united”?
Keep up the good work!
I'm glad you're liking the blog Janis. I love your vision of Scotland but don't have your confidence that independence would result in this. My strong feeling is that there is enough division in the world already!
I am English with a bit of Welsh and am married to a man who is part Scots. Watching the Commonwealth Games made me realise we can celebrate difference but recognise our strengths. United together there is a belief that we can all all aspire to. North and South of the border. It is people that seek dignity and justice not regions. We all seek peace and compassion the Scots do not have a monopoly on that.
Hi Jane, Noone has a monopoly on aspirations of any kind but some regions have the capability to achieve them by a majority vote getting the government it wants in order to make them possible. This is not currently the case in Scotland but could be if it had independence.
Having lived in Scotland for 6 years where my son was born, and I also have a granddaughter born in Scotland, I should feel very upset if we were to part from one another. It would seem like breaking up the family
Rosemary I don't think you need to fear Scottish independence. It is not about a social separation. Scotland is one of the most welcoming and inclusive nations I know and it has no intention of changing that. The campaign for independence is about achieving our own self determination - a right of nations which we don't have. It's about managing our own affairs for the first time in 300 years and we can do it, despite the threats and disinformation from those who wish to continue to control our and our children's future.We will still be as close to our friends and family south of the border and everywhere else in the world.
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