How do I know? It’s simple. I know because the media is telling me. I know because the actions of the UK Government are telling me, and I know because the actions of the opposition are telling me.
Since 2014’s unsuccessful Yes vote, I’m sure it has always been apparent to the UK Government that the days of SNP votes being labelled ‘protest votes’ and the days of smaller polling numbers of pro-independence parties are gone.
2014 was a moment that 45% of the entire voting nation said in one voice, we are ready to leave the Union, take our place on the world’s stage as a mature, forward-looking nation whilst keeping England, Wales and Norther Ireland as neighbours. Sadly, the 45% wasn’t enough to enable that, but it gave the UK Government a very big scare. It gave them a scare to the point that the week leading up to the vote, all three main opposition party leaders marched into Scotland bearing false promises. The reason they did that was because polling was showing a strong possibility that Scotland may indeed vote to leave the Union. That in itself was enough to frighten the establishment and that in itself should tell you how we will Yes2.
Over the past couple of years, Scotland has faced challenges and continues to do so, caused by other constituent parts of the UK. Now I am not going to sit here and say England shouldn’t get its Brexit, nor should Wales, but what I will say is that the different choices of England and Scotland should be respected. This is what the Scottish Government are trying to achieve by the only means possible by withholding consent. What other options do they have? We can’t overturn the vote, we can’t somehow manage to get an extra 50,000,000 people to vote in Scotland to match England’s numbers, and we cannot support a second EU Referendum.
You might be wondering why we cannot support a second EU referendum, well that should be obvious.
We didn’t vote for Brexit.
If we had voted for Brexit, we may very well be looking at supporting a second referendum because of the now, on display, financial damage that Brexit is and will cause, but since Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit, we shouldn’t be demanding that second referendum. Scotland must use the tools at its disposal, democratically.
That last paragraph above will have the increased number of Unionists that seem to post comments on my blog of late frantically typing saying, but why would we allow a second independence referendum then? Well, re-read the paragraph above and you will see why, but for clarity, just in case the above paragraph is confusing, I will explain.
In 2012/13/14, Scotland was told many things about what leaving the Union would do, namely (a few):
- No EU membership
- Lost jobs on the Clyde
- Given ‘near federalism’, Devo Max
We now know that since voting No, Scotland has:
- No EU membership
- Lost jobs on the Clyde
- Devolution under threat
These are significant problems facing Scotland but with one missing key point. We cannot do anything about them. We have no voice in the Union for matters that are reserved, and frankly we dont have enough representation to change anything. It’s like having a step ladder when trying to get over a prison wall. It just isn’t going to happen.
With this, the right to stop and say “hang on a minute”, should be allowed and teh question put ot teh nation again. If the Union is confident of a second No vote, they should embrace it. But, alas, they are not confident, so they come up with excuses to not hold or support it.
If Brexit, to the English people (as leave voters) were to promise namely (a few):
- Reduced immigrants
- Amazing Trade Deals
- Loads of Extra Cash for the NHS
But it turned out that what they actually got was:
- Increased immigrants from Turkey (as alluded to a few days ago).
- No Trade Deals, or worse Trade deals
- No Extra Cash for the NHS
The English people would be well within their right to say “hang on a minute”, and a second referendum should be allowed.
The difference is though that England won’t fully recognise if the above is true or not until they are out of the EU entirely. Then, maybe in 4 years’ time (just like Scotland’s referendum in 2014 being 4 years ago) they may demand a vote to re-join the EU. Will Remainers (Scottish Unionists) from 2016 (2014) say No to another refrendum to Brexiteers (Scottish Nationalists) who want a second referendum? I doubt it…
That’s the difference. Scotland voted to stay in something, then got screwed over by the Establishment, England voted to leave something and will be screwed over by the Establishment. The Establishment didn’t let the people of England, or the UK for that matter decide the fate of their tax dodging businesses. The notion of the vote being in full control by the people is ridiculous. This is backed up by the current and ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal, Leave.EU scandal and possible Russian interference.
I wonder, how would Unionists in Scotland react if in 2014 Scotland voted Yes but it was ascertained that Russia influenced the result, the SNP fraudulently and illegally targeted thousands of voters via illegal data harvesting and over spent their campaign finds by a minimum of 10% but teh SNP bashed on anyways?
Would they sit back and take it? No chance! Could you imagine the Media uproar, just like we have with teh above scandals? Oh wait…….
But to bring you all back to my original point, this is my 94th blog post since I started my blog last July. My current statistics are 45,238 views, with 32,577 unique visitors across 99 countries.
I’m sharing the above statistics because since the start of April 2018, I have received 19 comments from Unionists.
Between July 2017 and April 2018, I received 2 comments from Unionists.
Over the past 6 weeks, I have seen an 850% increase in Unionist comments, compared to the 39 weeks prior since I started blogging.
This, too me, shows that either:
- My blog posts are annoying Unionists
- My blog posts are targeted by Unionists
- My blog posts are hitting a nerve with Unionists, or
- All of the above
I am not the only one who has noticed the increase. Some people I know have received some quite nasty abuse and threats.
This is the sign that the Union is failing and the Establishment knows it. They are pulling out the stops and instead of taking the fight directly to the SNP and Scottish Government (they are doing that through the EU Withdrawl Bill), they are targeting the Grassroots.
Yes2 will be grassroots led. It has to be for us to win it.
I’m ready to step up the blogging, others I know are ready to step up the blogging and Yes2 is getting ready to start its campaign to win the next referendum when the UK Government tries to battle its way out of the corner it’s got itself into by forcing its will on the Devolved Governments.
Yes2 – Are you ready?