Do you notice how the whole Better Together campaign focuses almost entirely on the negatives? Independent Scotland will:
- Not get to use the pound (you can use any currency you like)
- Not get to join the EU (I thought we were already in it)
- Not get to watch Dr. Who (I can watch it live on BBC in Holland and we don’t even pay a TV license)
- Not get to play a role in Syria (oh damn)
- Not get to keep their British pensions (if there will be any money still in the pots anyway)
- Not get to be on Security Council (therefore be a total loser country like say Germany and reduce our ability to wage illegal wars)
- Not get to have the protection of nuclear weapons (no idea what we will do when attacked by Godzilla in “Atlantic Rim”)
When someone only gives you negative reasons you usually should stop listening, but fear is a powerful if unhealthy motivator, and is widely used by almost all governments.
The real situation is that the political and business elite (in Scotland, UK and beyond) may lose some control and power. In the post 9/11 world our lives have become governed by fear. This is how control is maintained in the face of growing disparity between rich and poor, both financially and legally as we see separate laws being applied to the haves and have-nots. Why did almost no bankers face prosecution after 2008, yet a looter stealing a bottle of vodka is tried immediately? And we already know that Rebekah Brooks will not really go to jail, or that Tony Blair will ever be shipped off to The Hague to stand trial.
A new country that would embrace real democracy and equality is perceived as a threat. There is something different about Scotland, a palpable will to do what is morally right for all and not for a privileged few. Unless a man has already deviated far from the moral path, one knows inherently right from wrong. We understand the effects of pollution, the risks of nuclear power, the insane apocalyptic destruction of Trident, the hypocrisy of politicians and the religious right, the illegality of foreign wars, the shoring up of puppet dictators. There is no salvation in the quest for more while others suffer.
All of us, rich and poor, have got one life. One day this life will be over. Do we live it in fear or do we finally stand up for what is right? An independent Scotland is a chance to show the world that there is another way than staying on the current, morally bankrupt path.
David Hayman said it brilliantly: “Because what drives NO forward is the fear of those who stand to lose their privilege. They fear their kingdom of greed faces its demise. They fear real democracy. They fear that in a land beyond Westminster we will rediscover hope. That hope has a name. It’s name is Yes.”