Scotland’s Eve

I feel physically sick tonight.

My stomach is doing somersaults and my heart is racing.

I can’t eat.

It’s the eve of the Scottish Referendum.

Tomorrow I will go to the polls along with my fellow countrymen to cast a vote that will determine whether Scotland stays within the 307 year union of the United Kingdom or declares its wish for independence.

For me there is no doubt in my mind that a vote for independence is the right thing for Scotland.

And, perhaps, more importantly, the right thing for the rest of the world.

A rather grand claim, some may say. And yes, I quite understand the doubts that billions of people would have in imagining that a nation of just over 5,000,000 people could have any great impact on the rest of the world.

What possible benefit could the rest of humanity gain by Scotland declaring itself as a self-governing nation?

You would have to know us, to understand us, to believe what so many of us believe. Our history has written our character as the history of any nation has written theirs. What makes the heart of a country are the common experiences of its people.

Here I could hark back to the past as all peoples can do, review a chequered history and claim, with some justification, that we were robbed of self-determination.

I could. But I won’t.

Suffice to say that, ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. And there is truth in that.

Our hearts have been tested and they ache for the plight of all disenfranchised. They ache for the poor and the hungry. For the homeless and the destitute. Those with no clothes to their back. Those who live in the shadow of weapons that could annihilate millions.

Our history is littered with occasions that have caused hearts to ache fit to breaking. We know and understand that justice begins with one hand reaching to help another. Out hearts have not broken. They are stronger.

When our hands are free we, the people, not the politicians, determine the path we follow in aiding justice and peace in our nation.

From there the ripples grow.

I have no enemies. None in the UK. None in any part of the world.

The enemy I deal with is the the lack of hope that people have around the world when those elected in our name pay lip service to the needs of people and to the good of our planet as a whole.

We are all culpable in how the world stands today.

Only voices and action will change the status quo.

The mood in Scotland is one of renewed hope. The movement has risen from the ground to the surface. The people believe in a better way. The people are capable of delivering a better way.

There are no bullets here. Only a ballot box. And the will of the Scottish people.

I pray with all my heart and soul that the majority of the Scottish electorate will vote tomorrow for independence. That, in gaining a free hand, we will reach our hands out to embrace justice and peace. And others may believe, that if a mere two million voters can declare for this cause, so can the world.

My sickness has turned, after writing this, to tears. I want a future worth having for my seven children and for all the children in the world.

We have to start somewhere.

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47 thoughts on “Scotland’s Eve”

  1. I am in the US and it will impact us all. On my stage, no matter what, Independence is granted for all!
    Goodbye old ways, welcome the new dimension.

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      1. I feel like it’s our 2008 election. It was a huge turning point for America. Tears flowed all day that November 6, and I have a few for you guys now. There’s something about a country coming together to face a huge change– it’s beautiful and frightening all at once. We’re with you, whatever happens, from across the pond.

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      2. I remember that so well! I watched it with a class of primary seven kids and then had a lively discussion with them, highlighting for them what a momentous occasion they were witnessing. You’re so right. It is beautiful and frightening. My one fear is that too many may be afraid to seek the change. But, I am nothing if not hopeful.x

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      3. If someone doesn’t believe that it’s in Scotlands’ best interest to vote for independence, that’s okay. That’s an honest vote. If someone votes to keep to the status quo out of fear, that’s a bad vote, a dishonest vote. That’s someone who should’ve just stayed home.
        I can’t believe there’s that much fear in Scotland, you Scots are a tough folk.
        Have faith, the people will vote their hearts, whatever they may say.

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      4. There is fear in some quarters. People are always afraid of change. Even when the staus quo leaves so much to be desired. I have no problem with people having different opinions and expressing them. But, as you say, I hope that courage overcomes the fear any may feel if that is what is keeping them in a failed relationship.

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  2. Thinking of you non-stop today (and will be tonight into tomorrow). Looking forward to celebrating with you on Sunday (!- how did it creep up on us so quickly?!?!) and finally chatting about such things of import in person! xo

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  3. Well, good luck. I’m Scots but I can’t vote because I live in England. Even so, I don’t know what I’d decide. As I say in my post, my heart tells me one thing, and my head another. I’m with you on the feelings though. Aw ra best, hen!

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    1. Thank you! May the renewed motivation here have its mirror worldwide, where ordinary people are galvanised into action. Whichever way it goes, it is heartening that so many are interested enough to ensure their voices are heard. I’ve never known anything like it in the UK.

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      1. This is a big moment, it effects lots of countries, including my own. The world has gotten so small since the internet revolution. Ideas travel like fire these days, and some fear their own states, provinces, horrible second class slave quarters (I’m looking at you, China) will start to get ideas… It’s so much more than a referendum.

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      2. I feel that too. Ideas and knowledge and awareness, shared so easily and effectively, cause questions and demand answers. I want people to question what passes for governance and hope that, whatever happens here, more minds awaken to the realisation that politics should be grounded in the people and not the politicians. The passion shown here among ordinary people has been outstanding. From old and young and everything in between (that would me!)

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  4. Good Luck tomorrow, my friend.
    Vote with your heart and what you believe is best.
    We are watching here VERY, Very close here in Canada because I believe that if your vote comes true it will ignite the referendum with Quebec here once more.
    Again, we are all over the world watching and I wish you and your Country well.

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  5. I am in a cramp still, it’s been hours and hours, biting off my fingernails in anticipation in hope and prayer that Scottish independence will see it well deserved dawn tomorrow, the 19th September as the votes are counted. What a brave thing to do!

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