reply to post by christina-66
You were born in 1965 right? Perhaps it’s because the SNP have had a parliamentary presence since 1967 that you've been hearing the Scottish call
for independence whispering in the background of your entire conscious life.
You may well be correct there.
I think the fact that many associate The British
National Party with English
Nationalism ironic, inaccurate and proof of the
demonisation of the latter.
Displays of Scottish / Welsh / Irish culture and heritage are actively encouraged and promoted whilst similar displays of English culture and heritage
are suppressed and vilified.
Look at the difference in the way St Andrew's / St David's and St Patrick's Days are promoted in contrast to the mute celebrations of St George's
Day which is very much down played for fear of 'offending' our fellow Brits or immigrant communities.
Many non-English Brits view any celebration of Englishness or English pride as proof positive of our arrogance and sense of superiority yet wallow in
the self same celebration and pride of their own respective nationality.
But I fear I digress.
The vote in 2004 was a complete farce.
There was a total lack of publicity and public debate.
The only opinion that I can recall viewing on TV and reading about in the local press was anti the Assembly which as you correctly guessed was
portrayed as yet another unnecessary level of bureaucracy.
I think the North East will really come to rue that vote once the full extent of Cameron's policies are realised - but again, I digress.
The relevant thing for this discussion is the negative effect Scottish independance will have on regions like North East and North West England,
Yorkshire etc. (Not that that will be, or should be, a consideration for Scots when deciding which way to vote - Scotland must do as Scotland see's
fit and right for itself).
Two things are clear to me - the party political system is outdated and is no longer fit for purpose and the London / Home Counties / South East
England domination of The Union needs to be rectified.
I know we have previously discussed the merits of Direct Democracy - it seems that the majority aren't quite ready for such radical reform but I'll
continue doing what little I can to try and convince people of the benefits of such a system.
I genuinely believe we will be better able to bring about such reform if we maintain The Union and work together towards mutual goals that will
benefit all the people of The Union regardless of social strata or geographic location.
stated that the real discussions surrounding Scottish independance are taking place in bars / clubs / workplaces etc and that's
how it should be.
I haven't been up to Glasgow for three or four months - something I'll have to address shortly.
The more I think about it the more I think you are right, I guess I am suffering from some sort of 'referendum envy' - but that doesn't alter what
I believe or how I feel.