a reply to: uncommitted
This is an article I BEG Scottish people read. It is a letter from an older Scottish guy who lived through 2 (TWO) failed tries at Scottish
Independence. We had the devolution referendum in May 1979, we had the devolution referendum in May 1979 under the Callaghan Labour government and all
the Westminster parties promised new powers for Scotland if we voted No, SCOTLAND WE WERE LIED TO TWICE. This letter is from a man who lost
This is the letter, it’s long, but PLEASE, educate yourself on the past, educate yourself on the past lies from Westminster. Difference this time is
the SNP are behind us. Be you like the SNP or not they got us here. We can’t be fooled 3 times Scotland. We would be called the stupidest people on
EARTH if we fell for this again. WESTMINSTER LIES. EDUCATE, DEBATE, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. SCOTLAND READ THIS DAMN LETTER AND DO NOT LET THE REST OF US
DOWN. THIS IS A TRUTH YOU CAN READ THEN GO GOOGLE! SCOTLAND WE MUST BE BRAVE !
A SCOTSMAN’S DREAM.
I love Scotland, because I was born there, went to school there, worked there, my children were born there, and I met the love of my life there.
Someday, my ashes will be scattered there too. However, I had no easy start in life being born in 1947 in the East End of Glasgow in a Bridgeton slum
with an outside toilet shared by the neighbours. I shared that one roomed flat (single end) with my brother and parents for four years. Like so many
poor working class people who endured bad conditions in the Glasgow slums, my family succumbed to the dreaded Glasgow disease TB. My father, brother
and me were shipped to sanatoriums, only my mother escaped. I spent a year in hospital from the age of four. The reason I share this with my F.B.
friends is to highlight the fact that many Scottish people have suffered hardships in the past because this Union we are locked into has maintained an
iron grip on Scotland and limited our ability to change our lives.
Hardship and poverty is therefore not a new thing for Scottish families, it has been going on for years and years, and it is still going on today.
When I was a child there was no food banks for the poor, everyone had to make the best of it, difficult as it was. At School I was made to stand in a
line at school meal times with the other children who had free meal passes until the paying kids were served and then we were allowed to be fed. I
remember the humiliation I felt then as though it was yesterday. Consequently, I can empathise with those Scots who now rely on food banks to feed
their family. A small child knows nothing of its surroundings and adapts better than adults do, but that is no excuse to allow child poverty to
continue and escalate in Scotland today. Neither is it pertinent to point out that there are poorer people elsewhere in the world as if that makes the
level of poverty we have in Scotland acceptable.
Back then when I was a boy there was no established SNP, no vision of escape from the system that kept us locked into the situation we found ourselves
in. Nevertheless, there burned a resentment for change in the breasts of many and I was one of them, young as I was. I had a great teacher at school
whose eloquence and pertinacity to teach Scottish history introduced me to my country’s past. I learned then that my people had been suffering long
before my own humble beginnings and had suffered much greater hardships, even death at the hands of our supposed partner in this unholy Union of
Unequals. The seed was sown then in my young mind and has grown steadily ever since for Scottish independence.
I left school at fifteen, and got a job in engineering, but throughout my working life I saw one great manufacturing company in Scotland close, one
after the other.
We had the devolution referendum in May 1979 under the Callaghan Labour government and all the Westminster parties promised new powers for Scotland if
we voted No. I remember how excited I was as a young man of 32 with a young family that at last Scotland would have a political wedge between us and
London. Despite winning 52% of the vote we were denied devolution by Westminster when a Labour MP George Cunningham, a Scot from an English
constituency proposed the unprecedented 40% rule that the Labour government eagerly accepted. This stipulation had never been employed in British
government elections before, but they used it on Scotland. They moved the goalposts on us because they could, such is the power of Westminster.
The Tories under Lord Hume had promised to address the concerns of Scots if they voted No and devolve more powers to the Scottish Secretary, the
de-facto Governor General of Scotland. But his pledge wasn’t honoured when Thatcher came to power months later after she deposed Ted Heath. The
lesson learned from 1979, was that we Scots cannot trust Westminster promises to Scotland, and we must never forget it.
Scotland then endured 18 years of hell when Thatcher systematically destroyed the industrial heart of our country. I remember when Rootes of Linwood
closed in 1981; people thought it would never happen because it was so big. But it did. 13,000 lost their jobs as a direct and indirect consequences
of the closure because Westminster wanted to cease car manufacturing in Scotland, and offered no help. There was no Scottish devolved government then
to save the plant like Alex Salmond did with the Grangemouth refinery in 2013.
After Linwood, many more institutions that were bastions of employment in Scotland were destined to follow suit. Thatcher demonised the miners as the
“Enemy Within” because they had the audacity to challenge her authority in trying to save their industry. The coal industry was destroyed in an
act of vengeance against the miners for what they inflicted on the Tory government in 1972 &1974. But Thatcher was only getting started. When Scott
Lithgow closed in Greenock, it paralysed that town and the neighbouring Port Glasgow, because it employed so many of their citizens; the place was
like a ghost town for years afterwards. But, the yards of the Lower Clyde were not to be alone. The Upper Clyde shipyards soon followed, and one after
another the shipyards that had made Glasgow and created so many iconic ships closed. Thousands of our skilled men and women were thrown on the ever
rising scrap heap of unemployment.
Lots of other areas of Scotland followed Glasgow’s fate at the hands of the English Tories who continued to rule over us. Irvine, Bathgate, and
Methyl all suffered, as did Uddingston in 1987 when the giant Caterpillar tractor plant closed, with the loss of 1200 jobs. Thatcher didn’t raise a
finger to save any of them. I was around to see them all turned into rubble. Our fishing community was also decimated when Thatcher traded the
Scottish waters to the EU in exchange for her rebate. The fisherman might hate the EU these days, but it was the Westminster Tories that sold their
industry down the river and removed their birthright.
But Westminster was not finished with destroying what was left of our engineering heartland. They turned their eyes to the profitable Ravenscraig
Steelworks, the only steel producer in Scotland. Despite having a world reputation for quality and the longest strip mill in Europe, Westminster