Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Will Scotland vote for independence?

Two days before our election, Scotland will go to the polls in a referendum on independence. And after months of "no" enjoying a wide lead, the polls are suddenly narrowing, and the English establishment is freaking out at the thought that another of their colonies might leave them.

And as George Monbiot points out in The Guardian, they'd be mad not to:

So what would you say about a country that sacrificed its sovereignty without collapse or compulsion; that had no obvious enemies, a basically sound economy and a broadly functional democracy, yet chose to swap it for remote governance by the hereditary elite of another nation, beholden to a corrupt financial centre?

What would you say about a country that exchanged an economy based on enterprise and distribution for one based on speculation and rent? That chose obeisance to a government that spies on its own citizens, uses the planet as its dustbin, governs on behalf of a transnational elite that owes loyalty to no nation, cedes public services to corporations, forces terminally ill people to work and can’t be trusted with a box of fireworks, let alone a fleet of nuclear submarines? You would conclude that it had lost its senses.

A vote for Scottish independence is a vote for freedom: freedom from spies, freedom from bankers, and above all, freedom from the Tories. And its great to see the Scots are waking up and realising this.