As a Scot, I am completely opposed to the idea of an independent Scotland. I have a visceral abhorrence for ‘Nationalist Movements’. The irony is that the SNP demand an independent Scotland to ‘bring power closer to the people’, yet have the worst track record among parties in terms of local politics. Like all Nationalists, they want a strong centralized government in the capital Edinburgh. I’ve yet to hear them demand stronger decision making for people in Shetland or Fife.
Salmond did not come across to me at all in that debate, as well as the previous one, as an enlightened statesman. He came across as a smug bully who refused to give detailed answers and simply relied upon crafty tactics and rousing, emotive oratory.
I also dislike separatism. We live in a globalized world. There is something so deeply unappealing about grown men and women obsessed with national anthems, kilts and what not. ‘Braveheart’ syndrome I call it.
I personally feel that the First Minister has given extremely vague answers concerning Scotland’s future. He claims that the no campaign is guided by ‘project fear,’ yet he has made numerous promises that have since had doubt cast upon them. I do not see a clear and coherent vision presented for an independent Scotland.
Children now have state guardians because the government thinks that parents are not responsible enough to care for their own children. There is now one national police force armed with guns. Our education has been re-vamped under a new “curriculum for excellence” in which our youngsters are being spoon-fed nationalistic propaganda about Scotland. Here’s an example. Children used to be taught about the “Holocaust”. Now its, “The Holocaust from a Scottish perspective”. And the legal system has been in turmoil. The ancient Scots Law of corroboration, a unique part of our renowned legal system, was going to be removed until protests stalled the process. It still might be. A law was passed two years back allegedly to stop sectarianism between football fans which actually cut away freedom of speech and was branded by one of our top judges as “horribly drafted”.
Two weeks ago, my parents were outside their local shopping mall when a woman stood in front of them and handed out a pro-independence pamphlet. She then enquired as to how my parents would vote in the referendum. My father answered that he would be voting “no”. The woman demanded an answer as to “why”. My father replied that it was his personal and free decision (essentially not her business). She didn’t accept this and again demanded “why”. She then started a lecture about how much wealthier an independent Scotland would be and much else besides…essentially she was waxing lyrical about why he really ought to change his mind. By this time, exasperated, my father simply told her that he was voting no and gave her a list of reasons why.
As my parents then walked on they saw this same woman heckling an old man. She put the pamphlet in his trolley against his will and the old man branded her a “litter lout”. As he walked away from her the man just shook his head at my parents and said, “I’m an old soldier” - in other words, she was trying to convert the wrong guy.
Online there has been a war of words led by the so-called “Cyber Nats” (vocal internet supporters of independence). Many people have suffered internet abuse. An example is the well-known novelist JK Rowling who expressed publically that she supported the union and was donating money to the Better Together campaign. That same night she received verbal abuse on her twitter account, receiving vile messages. Other examples are of a single mother from Glasgow who expressed her desire for the union to stay together on TV. That night she was inundated with threats and vile messages.
I am a supporter of the Union.