a reply to: Freeborn
The only assumptions I make are that you wish the U.K. to remain as present, that you don’t wish Scotland to be independent and that you have no
interest in the Northern Isles other than as an anti Scottish independence debating point.
Had the internet and ATS been available in the 1920’s, you’d be seen here arguing against independence for Ireland, India and all the rest.
Because it’s the same basic issue : the right to determine your own future for yourself.
You do your argument no favours by constantly reminding us about the down side of independence, of troubles that might come our way following a
successful Yes vote. The Scottish contributors here are acutely aware of the risks that independence may bring. We’ll have to weigh the advantages
against those risks when we make our decision.
There are very many advantages to independence. Try putting yourself in someone else’s shoes for a minute. Have a think about the pluses which might
be available. And imagine yourself not as who you are and where you come from, but as a Scot instead.
This internet discourse we have, sure it’s all about talking to others from home and abroad, learning about each other, debating and such like. It
whiles away a few hours.
But it’s also about reflecting on what others think, considering where they’re coming from, thinking about the influences they’re subject to and
Here’s a challenge.
Flip sides, locations. Pretend that you’re a Scot and living up here. Tell us what you think the advantages of Scottish independence might be. And,
disregarding who you really are and where you’re from, tell us whether you might be not be tempted to take a chance. Imagine the younger, more
idealistic version of you, instead as Scottish. For it’s the younger people who have the most enthusiasm for independence.
That’s why I mentioned in an earlier contribution about the cultural change which is going on up here, with younger people especially. Try it. I’m
playing devils advocate, tell us about the benefits of independence.