This gentleman contacted me last week asking how he could help my blog. He kindly enclosed his reasons for supporting Independence. I thought his reasons deserved a wider audience. Jim is 82 so he wants to see Independence soon. Sitting about is not an option. Jim is from Livingston, he has supported Independence for 64 years.
Why I Support Independence for Scotland
My name is Jim. I am 82 years young and have always believed that Scotland should be an Independent Nation. I feel as strongly about it today as I did 64 years ago. Now, however, I find I want it even more for my children and grandchildren than I do for myself.
Decisions about Scotland’s future must be made by the people of Scotland. I believe that an independent Scotland should, of necessity, have a written constitution. At the heart of any constitution would be the protection of the rights of every Scottish citizen alongside restrictions on what politicians can and cannot do. I would certainly like to see the constitution place a total ban on nuclear weaponry being housed anywhere within Scotland. Drafting of such a written constitution should be undertaken independent of politicians and parliament and must be agreed by the majority of Scottish citizens. This will not be easy but is vital for the right outcome to be achieved.
The time is long overdue for Scots to step up to the plate and show that we can be a successful independent nation again. We can continue to display the qualities of leadership, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and egalitarianism that have been Scotland’s lasting contribution to the world.
I was a senior executive in the world’s largest multinational company and travelled the world extensively. Everywhere I went, as soon as it became known I was Scottish, I was received with genuine warmth and affection. Scots have played key roles in many independent countries around the globe. As Scotland moves towards another Referendum, global markets are becoming increasingly aware of “Brand Scotland” and major companies are continuing to invest in Scotland.
We have already shown the world what generations of Scots with imagination, talent and energy, can achieve. Should we not also use these same attributes when it comes to our own future? Independence offers our youngsters the opportunity to help shape the future of their own country.
For me, only independence can allow us to pursue a truly ethical foreign policy and avoid the folly of illegal wars – not to mention the abomination of nuclear weaponry some 30 miles from our largest city. I have stood in the Peace Park at the epicentre of The Hiroshima atomic blast – the most profound experience of my life. In my humble opinion, every politician should stand in that very spot before they pontificate on the “merits” of weapons of mass destruction.
Full control of our economy will allow us to make choices about the future direction of our nation. For sure, we will make mistakes – but they will be our mistakes and we will take full responsibility for them. Overall, I know we have the resources and the talents to make Scotland a fairer and more just society.
Being an independent country is as much to do with how we feel in our hearts and minds as it is to do with the economy. This will be a huge decision for Scotland and must not be taken lightly. We need to know the facts to make an informed decision and not be influenced by scaremongering or false propaganda. I see no reason why Scots, of any political persuasion, when they assess independence objectively and emotionally, can come to any conclusion other than that Scotland should regain its status as an Independent Nation.
Interestingly there are 28 countries with smaller populations than the UK but with greater wealth as measured by GDP per capita, and 17 countries with populations smaller than Scotland who have GDP per capita greater than the estimated $42,640 GDP per capita of an Independent Scotland (Fraser of Allander Institute 2018). Even if “Extra-regio” (oil) activity is excluded, I am convinced that an independent Scotland would be in the top 35 countries in terms of wealth as defined by GDP per capita.
The World Bank figure for UK GDP per capita is $42,300 (31st).
My belief that “Small is Beautiful” is confirmed by the 17 countries that have smaller populations than Scotland but that are wealthier than the estimated wealth of an Independent Scotland. Not many people will be aware that near the top of the Table in terms of wealth is Luxembourg (3rd )with a GDP per capita of $US114,705 and a population of only 620,000 – probably reflecting a high proportion of European Union personnel with exceedingly high salaries and expenses. 9th and 10th on the list are Ireland and Norway with GDP per capita of $US78,661 and $US75,420 and populations of 4,94m and 5,35m respectively. Both Ireland and Norway have smaller populations than Scotland but are almost twice as wealthy.
In 2015, after the disappointment of losing the 2014 Referendum, my 15-year-old grandson asked me why EFTA Membership was not a priority for an Independent Scotland. He asked: “What’s not to like about EFTA? Control of your own agricultural and fisheries policies, access to the Single Market and freedom of movement which would help Scotland’s ageing population challenge.” If a 15-year-old can grasp this, why do many older Scots fail to see the advantages on EFTA Membership for an Independent Scotland
Being independent means Scotland’s future destiny will be in Scottish hands. I can see no reason why Scotland should not be an Independent Nation again and, as a young octogenarian, I SHALL live in an Independent Scotland.
Post Script: • As an SNP member, I am currently in despair at the erosion of democracy in the Party and at the lack of progress on actively pursuing Independence. • I am at a loss about what I can do about it. Answers on a postcard please – lol• Forever the optimist, I may yet live in an independent Scotland, especially if my “lifelong ambition” of being shot in bed by a jealous husband when I am 100 should come to pass. That gives Scottish politicians about 18 years to secure Independence for Scotland – but much sooner would be much, much better. My wife may shoot me long before that for posting “my lifelong” ambition. In the current state of the world, humour is often the best medicine.
We are not Too Wee or Too Poor but we sure are Too Damned Stupid (So far).
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