500 Miles…

I was asked by the wonderful Phantom Power to create a post on the problems Scotland could face should it not vote for its independence. This was on the back of the phenomenal video Phantom Power created called the Power of Scotland.

The content for the most part of that video was taken from a post that circulated social media on the back of a mixed content from my blog, and with that, I discussed with Phantom Power about creating a blog post of the realities of what is at stake if we do not vote for independence and remain in the UK.

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To many, this may seem like a futile exercise. Most will say they already know what is at stake, but sometimes we need to collectively realise what’s at stake and not just make these assumptions based on what we see as the best-case scenario in the worst of conditions. That not how the British operate, and it’s not how Scotland is treated.

The video created by Phantom Power is extremely powerful. They have a knack for being able to present information in a way that resonates with the emotion of independence and the desire to be better.

As someone who has the privilege of being able to travel the world, I see that resonance all over. I have travelled regularly to the deepest and darkest parts of Africa, where entire populations live in poverty, but the resounding motive for sovereignty is still at the fore of everyday life. I have travelled to the wealthiest nations on earth and still the motive for sovereignty is at the fore of everyday life. Even with the disparity, the desire to control your own future is still number one. It is still first and foremost, irrespective of potential outcomes because control provides stability. stability provides familiarity and familiarity provides kinship.

Control, stability, familiarity and kinship are all at risk from a rogue UK state.

Controlling out laws, our resources, our destiny, our future and our aspirations will not be within our grasp in a Brexit Britain, controlled by an elite political group 500 miles away with nothing but a media forced after thought of a Scotland occupying the north of “their island”.

Stability for our children and our elderly won’t remain. The pensions won’t remain, our NHS won’t remain, our position and voice within the UK won’t remain and our ability to govern ourselves as we see fit through the Claim of Right won’t remain. Why would they? Why would a UK, hell bent on isolationism and colonialism, dreaming of Empire 2.0, offer the condition that Scotland remain unaffected in the UKs state? Answer – they won’t. Our powers will be stripped, our voice further ignored, our pensions reduced, our NHS privatised, our children’s futures removed without representation, and our ability to love, live and travel across 27 countries will be yanked from beneath our feet to satisfy the needs of a select few 500 miles away with nothing but a media forced after thought of a Scotland occupying the north of “their island”.

Familiarity of what we know is Scotland will culturally diminish. We see it every day with the slow infestation of a union jack laden supermarket, or a whisky embossed union jack bottle. You see, Scotland is ripe for the picking. It is a separate culture on a shared island, and that separate culture breeds individuality. It breeds identity and that identity cannot flourish when its culture is distinguishable from what is British. Scotland, to its residents and its visitors, is a magnet for appreciation of tradition. It is a land of homage, of openness, of welcome and of “home”. It is a land of legend and myth. A land of hospitality and dreams. Scotland cannot be allowed to remain familiar to its future populations because of the need to satisfy the desire of a select few 500 miles away with nothing but a media forced after thought of a Scotland occupying the north of “their island”.

The kinship found in Scotland is like no other anywhere. It is not exceptional in its existence, but it is Scottish. It is unique and clear in its extent. It is a kinship that doesn’t discriminate, nor does it suffer fools in its ability to welcome everyone and embrace all. A Brexit Britain and a Scotland that remains part of it will slowly eradicate that kinship because of the need to satisfy the desires of a select few 500 miles away with nothing but a media forced after though of a Scotland occupying the north of “their island”.

You see, Scotland is not the world’s best place to live. It is not a separate nation. It is not rich and wealthy; it is not everything it can be because of that need to satisfy the desires of a select few 500 miles away with nothing but a media forced after though of a Scotland occupying the north of “their island”.

Every so often people begin to see the potential for what we can be, not what we will be. Scotland today is on a path of what we will be if we remain in the UK Union. We will be an afterthought. A hinderance. A problem. A country of wealth for theft. A thorn to satisfy. An itch to scratch and a legacy of history that needs erasing.

Scotland is none of these. It is a country ready to take its stand and make its voice heard. It is a country ready to embrace its own future and reject right wing populism. It is home. It is our future and it is our legacy.

Scotland is more than a Brexit Britain and it’s far more than just another place to be robbed to satisfy the desires of a select few 500 miles away with nothing, but a media forced after though of a Scotland occupying the north of “their island”.

500 miles away is the epicentre of Scotland’s problems. It is the beginning and the end of Scotland’s relationship with a controlling established political force. The world is bigger than 500 miles. It is bigger than the established political parties. It is bigger than we realise.

Don’t let it become smaller than it is today and less relevant to you and your kids in the future, Stand up for what Scotland deserves and stand up for your right to express your choice to be one nation for all.

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