So here I am again. I didn’t cry much yesterday I was numb I hoped I had dreamed it all and Scotland had voted YES but no I am proud to be one of the 45. It is funny how that number cascades into our history. The toughest thing was telling my son who lives with autism the news. He believed in Team Scotland. I told him we would have the opportunity to vote again and we would have Independence.
I spent all day Thursday outside polling places. At my first in Johnstone some-one had flown a union jack to a mobile has been greatphone mast right next to the school. Hugh Henry MSP visited whispering with his labour party friends while the majority of voters were over 65. The ex local councillor told me he used to be the councillor of a small electoral role because folk were hiding from debt agencies. I reminded him that there were two versions and not all of us on the edited version were hiding we were escaping. That is what I wanted to escape from a bankrupt Westminster system where jobs are for the boys.
At my second stint in Glenburn where I live I was joined by a member of the labour party who said he agreed with most tory policies and had a toe in their camp. Wee Dougie Alexander visited and I told him well done for being on the same side as tories. He looked at me as if I was something horrid on his shoe. That is why I shall never vote Labour ever again. Never. full stop.
The last two years have been wonderful. The people I have met have been amazing and it has been a voyage of discovery for me like many other folk in Scotland. We have all grown together into a nation who has found our voice. I fear that the last minute promises will never happen and I fear for my family. After all mental ill health and autism? They are not real illnesses are they? Soon they will come chapping at our door to take away all that we have to exist on. I know when that happens I will have friends to help and that is a blessing.
Things are going to get tough for folk like us. We have voted NO to austerity and all the trains of glory that surround it. Further cuts to service, and the road to the further Americanization of the welfare state where foodbanks and food stamps will be accepted. I dread it. Meanwhile in George Square last night a few NO voters had a party burning flags and celebrating the reign of Rule Britannia. At least the queen doesn’t have to worry her wee butt and ben is in safe hands for the moment at least.
So my future? Still dreaming about Independence which I truly believe will happen in my lifetime. I have cried now over this missed opportunity but am now ready to get prepared for the cuts which will follow. I am proud to be part of the 45 but now it is time to roll up my sleeves and fight for all those I hold dear even those who I don’t that is why I am a socialist. Rant over. Time to get busy. Thank you for reading this Sandra’s rant companeros. Be kind to each other. #indyref.
Most love their child. It is a basic biological drive to want what is best for our young. It is seen in all creatures especially in humans. Thank Heavens for that. It makes this world a better place to live in. What is different is our attachment to other film’s bairns. I’m a socialist and as you know am on the record for wanting a kinder, fairer, society for all. Of course I always think of my friends and family but my big mission statement includes those I don’t know very well. That is why I was alarmed with the latest advertising cheap tricks of Project Fear. Big huge posters on the back of lorries bearing the image of a probably “hardworking” family because that is the type the unionist parties prefer, smiling and bearing the legend. “I’m voting NO because I love my family”
I am voting YES because I love my family too and I worry what will happen in the event of a NO vote. Actually I fear what might happen to those of us who live with the impact of disability even of addiction.The asylum seeker who has moved here to win a better life for their children Also the majority of us who fall inside the bell curve and use public services such as childcare, libraries. These are everyday things we take for granted but are solely being swept away. A YES vote can give us the opportunity to create a better world for all of us. A YES vote truly means we will all be in this together.
Again I smile as project Fear use this basic human emotion. The playground taunt. My Mammy is better than your Mammy. Those of us who want a better Scotland are smiling and sharing how much we love our children because we know we all do. We don’t need big posters to promote us it is in our hearts. I am optimistic love will prevail and after the 18th we can get on with creating a kinder, fairer society. One where we think of other folks’ bairns too.Love is infectious so let’s teach the next generation to pass this on.
I must admit to be astonished at Jim Murphy’s words on television a few minutes ago that I felt compelled to write an immediate response. Very unlike me Sandra the Queen of Pedanticism. He claims the Referendum campaign is getting nasty now with personal attacks. He may have some justification after recently being egged not a pleasant thing and nothing I would condone but to blame the wider YES campaign for orchestrating the actions of an individual? Sorry Mr Murphy but you are very wrong.
The YES campaign is no longer in the hands of a few politicians or even an office in Hope Street. It is made up of 1000s of ordinary folk. We are not a malicious group who orhanize the egging of a politician but peace activists, carers, ordinary men and woman caught up in the wave of optimism about how beautiful we know an Independent Scotland could be. We have won the higher ground with the power of our positivity.
So hearing Mr Murphy today filled me with confidence that we are winning and project Fear are worried so they paint us as some evil organization when we are a rainbow alliance who have found our voices and confidence. They must know their attempt to blackmail folk into voting NO is failing. We are winning folks.
So I am smiling today. A few more days to go and the smell of victory is in the air. No wonder they fear us. We will not resort to their dirty tricks. They are desperate but we know who we are and how beautiful an Independent Scotland can be. Especially my vision of a beautiful rainbow of a people’s socialist republic. So please keep on speaking Jim because every time you do, you persuade more folk to vote YES. So looking forward to the referendum and the kinder fairer society which I will continue to campaign for. Westminster has had its chance it is time for a new way.