There was a whole lot of debate and talk between the Scottish and Westminster Governments about how the question of the referendum should be worded. There was a lot of debate and compromise till it was agreed a while ago now the question would be
“Should Scotland be an Independent Country?”
You see that is a very straightforward question in my mind. Every country has the right to be independent so the answer to the question has to be Yes. Doesn’t it? If you agree Scotland is a country, I am assuming for the majority that is a given, and believe every country should be allowed to be independent and self governing like countless other countries have opted for in the past then you have to say yes to this proposed question as is. Countries have opted for independence from British rule in a poorer state than Scotland, if it was right for them despite the economic challenges then how can you say it is wrong for the Scots in the same breath?
You may have your arguments for that feel free to comment below. I cant see how you can argue it was or is right for the independence of one country/state from Westminster rule and then say it’s wrong for Scotland to want the same. So the answer in my mind to the proposed question as is has to be yes, in my way of thinking. Which I think is logical, you may differ.
However what you will see in debates and arguments is how they have subtly changed what the actual question is to suit their arguments. Both sides have done this.
Subtly the question became in debates “Could Scotland be an idependent country” – yes it could be if enough of us vote yes! Can you tell which way I’m leaning? But what the focus was of debates with this subtle change was questions like – could Scotland hold out financially, economically; could Scotland defend itself, could Scotland do this and that. Both sides gave their tuppence worth. And if we’re honest eventually most of the No campaign admitted Scotland could and has what it takes but then the question became “Can it, really?”
In this stage they basically reformed opinions on already answered questions with new “facts” and figures from “independent” sources. But the the tone of debates was now “Yes we know Scotland probably should be independent and we know it possibly could be, but can it really handle being independent?” Casting doubts over the governance of the Scottish Government, if it would be sufficient really for the the people of Scotland, people warning about Alex Salmond etc.
You see there is something we must all realize about this debate. And this is the only sure thing we can say. Whatever decision is made in the referendum , whether yes or no, the resulting sequence of events is completely unknown.
I’ll give you all the facts you need to know:
- The same arguments will be debated and we will all be none the wiser
- Both sides will give seemingly equally weighted facts by “reliable sources” which back their contrary arguments
Unless you have a crystal ball or have bought a Delorian from Marty McFly and are privy to future knowledge none of the rest of us are aware of we can not be certain of any future either way after the referendum. There is only one question we, the people of Scotland, whether born and bread or lived here for years can answer. But I will come to that later.
I think most will vote with their heart in this debate because if you follow both sides of the argument you can find compelling arguments for each. It is impossible to keep up with all the facts and figures. People are disillusioned enough with the shear weight of information there is on the subject. The majority of people going into the polling station will not have sifted through enough of the evidence to truly make a balanced informed decision. Maybe I am wrong. I just believe this is more likely to be the case.
So people will vote emotively I believe. Their reasons for voting yes will be reasons of Hope. Maybe for some patriotic reasons. Maybe simply because they thought the No Campaign was too negative and thought Scotland deserved better, maybe for romantic notions of being a “nation again” as so many sing with such fervor. And there may be other reasons. For the no voters they will be voting from fear of uncertainty, mainly in my opinion. They will be voting because too many “unanswered” questions, voting because they like the way things are just now, voting because they believe there is security in the union. You simply cannot devoid yourself of your emotions when it comes to a decision as momentous as this. Both sides are fighting a war for the emotions of the people, because that is what will get people to vote. Not the facts and figures. But moving people’s hearts.
I believe Scotland has what it takes. I believe it could and should and can be an independent nation and a successful one at that. But it doesn’t matter what we think. It doesn’t matter if we believe in the government or not. What matters is do we believe in ourselves?
You see the question we can answer and should be able to answer isn’t should, could, would or even can. But rather “Are we, the people of Scotland, willing to make this country the best it can be for the generations to come?” That is the question you need to answer. If you have answered yes I believe you have your answer for the referendum. The best way for this to be realized is through independence, without a doubt in my mind.
One thing is for sure nothing will work if we are not willing to get behind it an make it work for us. You see there is uncertainty. There will be doubts. Losses may happen along the way. But this is our chance to make Scotland the land we want it to be. How can any rational minded person throw that opportunity away? We will need to make it work. It all hinges on our will as a people.
Are you willing to make a significant difference for the future of Scotland? Whatever your answer, tick that box in the referendum.